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Well-Constructed Sentences

They didn’t want him to go, even then, which was the best demonstration to date of the pitiable condition they were in.  They certainly were stymied, flummoxed, and stripped to the bone.  48 more words


Rex Stout on writing detective stories

‘You can create people in your mind that you get excited about; you can devise and develop a plot situation, you have a sense of structure and form; and you can write readable narrative and dialogue.   69 more words

Advice For Writers

Can A Movie Be Too Close to the Book?

Rarely is there a case where a movie actually is close to a book, let alone spot-on perfect. However, I have been surprised to find several examples, usually involving short stories and short novels…usually mysteries. 520 more words

Dashiell Hammett

My visit to Citi Field to see the Met vs. Cubs


I spent a wonderful Saturday night with friends at Citi Field in Flushing, New York. We had a great dinner before the game at the Acela Club overlooking the ball field. 96 more words

Rex Stout

PRISONER'S BASE (1952) by Rex Stout

The late William L. De Andrea in his introduction to the Bantam edition (on the right) singles out this particular case for Nero Wolfe and his legman Archie Goodwin for having one of Rex Stout’s best plots. 917 more words

Friday's Forgotten Book

I Couldn't Sleep at All Last Night*

It’s been well supported by research that we need a certain amount of sleep every night. Each of us is a little different with respect to exactly how much sleep we need, but sleep is essential for all of us. 1,078 more words

Agatha Christie

Home, Where My Thought's Escaping*

Plenty of crime-fictional characters travel in the course of their work. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, for instance, doesn’t really have a settled place to live. And although Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot likes his home at Whitehaven Mansions, he also travels quite a bit. 976 more words

Agatha Christie