This blog celebrates detective stories – tales of crime, mystery and suspense – in print and on film, television, radio and the stage. It shares more than a little with my old Aficionado blog.

Thanks for visiting.


33 Responses to Auteur

  1. Mike Ripley says:

    Loved the blog, which I discovered thanks to Rap Sheet.
    You might be interested (occasionally) in my monthly “Getting Away With Murder” in Shots Magazine here in the UK.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Dear Mike,
      what an honour – thanks very much for the kind words and for reminding me to put “Shots Magazine” and your column on my blogroll, where they belong.
      All the best,

  2. filmgoerjuan says:

    Well I wish you’d told me about this earlier! I still refer to that guide to mystery and police procedural authors that you made for me years ago. I’ve been exposed to so many great authors and books via your recommendations!

  3. Colin says:

    I just nominated you for a blog award. You can read about it here:

  4. polfro says:

    Hi Sergio. Love your blog, and just included it on a page of noir links on my new baseball murder mystery site, which launches this coming Friday.

  5. Frank says:

    Sergio – I found your site while looking for Johnny Fedora crime novels – Tipping my fedora I guess is quite close. I’m more than pleasantly pleased by your website. Congratulations,
    Would be great to get your views on Johnny Fedora novels of which I’m becoming a fan. First came across him via Mike Ripley who you clearly know.

    • Hello Frank, sorry about the lack of coverage of Desmond Cory so far – I’ll have to try and remedy that in the future. Truth is I haven’t read the Fedora books. Of course, compared with Mike Ripley, when it comes to crime fiction very few of us really know what we’re talking about anyway! I’ll have to see about digging some of the books out though – thanks very much for the stimulus to action …

  6. Sal says:

    I really like your website….discovered the works of Ed McBain because of it. I have now read eight novels in the 87the Precinct series and loved them all. I enjoy his economical prose style, which can be quite lyrical in places, his humor, and the complex plots, which always have several threads that are connected in realistic and fascinating ways. Hard to pick what to read next though, but your reviews are very helpful…a couple of favorites so far are The Mugger and Give the Boys a Great Big Hand. I am thinking of reading some John Dickson Carr novels too. I read an excerpt of the Burning Court and its seems intriguing. I have read some negative comments about Carr’s prose style, but the excerpt didn’t raise any flags for me. Any suggestions as to where to start? I notice several titles now available for the Kindle.

    • Ciao Sal, thanks very much for the kind words. Another fan of the boys in the 87th – hurrah! I did a personal top 10 of Carr in my post about him here. Of the Carr titles on Kindle (and his alter ego ‘Carter Dickson’), I would definitely reccomend the historical mystery (with a dash of the supernatural) The Burning Court and the Carter Dickson Classics She Died a Lady and The Plague Court Murders (which introduced Henry Merrvale). Of the Fell mysteries currently available in the format, The Problem of the Green Capsule is truly masterful while He Who Whispers is less well known but one of his best too.

      Buona lettura,

  7. Sergio:

    I love your blog. I’ve been reading it for quite some time and always enjoy what you post. I’ve got a link to your blog posted on my website. I post about many of the same things you do. Here’s the link: Check it out and if you like what you see, please consider posting a link on your blog. Thanks for your time. Keep up the good work!

  8. Colin says:

    I’ve passed on a brace of blogging awards to you. Hope you enjoy.
    See –


  9. Moira says:

    I was intrigued by your entry on Murder in Cambridge, so I’ve just read it and featured it in my blog, Clothes in Books
    — you get a shoutout and a recommended link. Hope you might be interested…

  10. Ben Solomon says:

    Dear Sergio,
    I found your swell blog on the very kind recommendation of E at Ela’s Book Blog. I wrote her regarding a crazy experiment I had in mind regarding a hard-boiled project I’ve launched. She thought I might look you up. Curious?
    bsolomon at

    In any case, keep up the good work!

  11. Ben Solomon says:

    I thought you might enjoy this. I recently happened upon a long-lost interview with Dashiell Hammett from 1929. (Credit goes to Terry Zobeck who sifted through countless scans. I discovered his guest blog about it thanks to a lucky search.)
    If you’d like to read this quick piece of mystery history, here are two links for you.

    The original newspaper scan (I’ve had some trouble loading it lately):

    My transcription:

    The beat goes on,
    Keep up the good work,

  12. Sergio-
    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. The consistent intelligence, insight and entertainment value generated by your site sets a very high standard. Every posting is a renewed pleasure.

  13. Mark Bacon says:

    Sergio or Cavershamragu , as a noir fan, I appreciate your blog. I was drawn here from a search for info on Cornell Woolrich, an author I’ve written about in my mystery blog. Specifically I was trying to find out which of his novels were taken from earlier short stories or novellas of his. I just finished reading “The Night Has 1,000 Eyes”, and halfway through I realized I’d read the story before–but not the novel. I think he wrote more than one novel based on a short story.
    Any ideas?
    Mark Bacon

    • Hello Mark, thanks very much for taking the time to stop by – the Woolrich short story I think must be ‘Speak to Me of Death’, first published in the February 27 edition of Argosy in 1937 and which was certainly something of a dry run for the terrific novel later published as by ‘George Hopley’
      ARGOSY 27 FEB 1937

  14. Patti Abbott says:

    Sergio-I wonder if I might contribute some type of post about my forthcoming book on your blog. I have in mind a post called WHY I WROTE THE BOOK I WROTE-and should I have. But I don’t know what your policy is on this. I’d be willing to do something else entirely. It comes out June 9 so anytime after that would work well. But no hard feelings if this doesn’t work for you.

  15. Hello Sergio,
    I write this here since I can’t find an email address to contact you. Well, just a few lines about my new (and first) book, “In Bianco”, which will be published in November in Italy. Here is the blog about it:
    It’s some sort of a “golden age” mystery, even if it’s set today (between 1974 and mostly 2013). I regularly follow your blog, so I thought it was not a bad idea to drop these lines.

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