Category Archives: Robert Bloch

2014 Vintage Mystery Challenges – completed

12 months and 72 book reviews later and the Vintage Mystery Challenge bingos, both Golden (pre-1960) and Silver (1960 to 1989) varieties, are complete! The indefatigable Bev of My Reader’s Block gives structure and meaning to the reading habits of us mystery … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, William Goldman, Police procedural, SS Van Dine, Raymond Chandler, Private Eye, Philip Marlowe, John Dickson Carr, Carter Dickson, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct, Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe, Miss Marple, LP Davies, Richard Stark, Parker, Robert B. Parker, Bill Pronzini, Dashiell Hammett, Philo Vance, Orson Welles, James M. Cain, Poirot, Georges Simenon, Maigret, Cornell Woolrich, Noir, Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason, Robert Bloch, Gideon Fell, Stanley Ellin, Stark House Press, James Hadley Chase, John Sladek, Science Fiction, Evelyn Anthony, Ngaio Marsh, Roderick Alleyn, Graham Greene, Edward D. Hoch, Gil Brewer, James Mitchell, David Callan, 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, Shirley Jackson, Leslie Charteris, Dorothy Dunnett, L. Ron Hubbard, Lawrence Sanders, Thomas M. Disch, Charlotte Armstrong, Lange Lewis, PD James, Marcia Muller, John Blackburn, Somerset Maugham, Helen Nielsen, Peter Corris, Walter B Gibson, The Shadow, Gillian Freeman, Harold Q. Masur | 24 Comments

SHOOTING STAR (1958) by Robert Bloch

Reprinted by Hard Case Crime a few years back, this was Robert Bloch’s one and only private eye novel – so of course, given his inclination towards the tongue-in-cheek, he made it a book about an investigator with only one … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, Friday's Forgotten Book, Hollywood, Robert Bloch | 71 Comments

THE TODD DOSSIER (1969) by Robert Bloch

This medical thriller was the first novel by Robert Bloch that I ever read, though I didn’t know it at the time. The reason I picked it up was because it was credited to Collier Young, the creator of Ironside … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, Friday's Forgotten Book, Novelisation, Robert Bloch | 57 Comments

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Annabel (1962)

During the week David Kelsey lives in a little apartment in Froudsberg but at weekends he drives off to a large secluded house near Ballard to become ‘William Newmaster’, where he dreams of a life with his ex-girlfriend Annabel, now … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 Book to Movie Challenge, New York, Patricia Highsmith, Robert Bloch, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 37 Comments

THE HORIZONTAL MAN (1946) by Helen Eustis

Phew! By the skin of my teeth I’ve managed to complete the 2012 Vintage Mystery Readers Challenge. To celebrate, and as my last blog post until late January, here is my (short) review of Helen Eustis’ influential Edgar-winning debut. Set … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Amnesia, Campus Crime, Five Star review, Golden Age Girls, Margaret Millar, New York, Robert Bloch, Scene of the crime | 22 Comments

The Blake Edwards mysteries

In a career spanning six decades, writer-director Blake Edwards (1922-2010) really mixed it up, making almost every conceivable type of film. There were westerns (Panhandle and Wild Rovers), musicals (Darling Lili and Victor Victoria), dark drama (Days of Wine and … Continue reading

Posted in Blake Edwards, Cold War, Espionage, Evelyn Anthony, Hollywood, London, Michael Crichton, Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer, Paris, Police procedural, Private Eye, Robert Bloch, Rome, San Francisco, Scene of the crime, Screwball, Tuesday's Overlooked Film, TV Cops | 45 Comments

ONE FOR THE ROAD (1958) by Fredric Brown

A whodunit that, as the title suggests, is more than a tad on the bibulous side, One For the Road is one of the less well-known mysteries by cult author Fredric Brown and  one of his last. In the 40s … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Alphabet of Crime, Arizona, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Fredric Brown, Friday's Forgotten Book, Robert Bloch | 14 Comments