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The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen

My experiences with the first Ellery Queen novel, The Roman Hat Mystery, were disappointing and I had told myself that I would take a break before tackling another one from this series any time soon so why on Earth was I listening to this just three weeks later? 630 more words

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The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen

One of the aims of this blogging project of mine was to broaden my reading horizons and to educate myself on the history of the genre. 744 more words

Golden Age

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: Ellery Queen's There Was an Old Woman

If you want to be a successful author today, you had better be ready to devote some time to self-promotion. This may be especially true for self-published and mid-tier writers, but everyone who wants to be read needs to get on the publicity circuit. 2,151 more words


What I Didn't Realise Was How You Would Change My Life*

One of the most common types of blended families is the stepfamily. In fact, there’ve been stepparents and stepchildren for so many years that we could even think of it as one of the traditional family structures. 1,201 more words

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John Hillerman passes away aged 84 years old

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to announce that John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series… 212 more words



The 2017 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, in Toronto, Canada, concluded more than three weeks ago. Normally, we post photos soon after a convention, but this year the whole experience of Bouchercon was so powerful that I felt unable to post about it until now. 864 more words


Everything Old is New Again*

Have you ever read a novel written, perhaps, decades ago, or even longer, and still found that it felt contemporary? Me, too. I got to thinking about this after… 925 more words

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