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Three novels by Ellery Queen

My favorite author as a teenager was Ellery Queen, a pseudonym for two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. What appealed to me was the blend of their literate style and the intricate crime puzzles they created. 3,166 more words

Literary Reviews

Riddle Me This*

Many people enjoy solving riddles and playing ‘riddle’ games, where they have to put clues together to find an answer. And it can be a really interesting way to ‘exercise the brain.’ ‘Riddle games’ have been woven into plenty of crime fiction, which shouldn’t be surprising, really. 980 more words

Agatha Christie

The Hotel Detective, He Was Outta Sight*

Have you stayed in any hotels recently? Because of the nature of hotels, all kinds of people may be there, for any number of reasons. Most hotel guests are there temporarily, too. 1,044 more words


Let There Be FREE Cake (and music and fun and author readings)!

Meteorological fall (weather-geeks rejoice!) is shaping up as a mouth-watering literary-eventful time. Oh yes, and FREE cake, served by this author at the first of these events. 188 more words

Changing Habits

Changing Habits – is that an oxymoron?

habit  (as defined on Dictionary.com)


1.  an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary… 354 more words

The Scarlet Letters (1953)

At first blush, The Scarlet Letters does not fit the mold of the political novels Ellery Queen was writing in the early 1950s. However, when we remember the differences in sex mores between the 1950s and now, then this book does, indeed, become an indictment of… 436 more words

Reading Ellery Queen

Hide it in a Hiding Place Where No One Ever Goes*

Where would crime fiction be without the ingenious hiding place? All sorts of valuable things are hidden throughout the genre: wills, letters, jewels, even a horse (more on that shortly). 1,052 more words

Agatha Christie