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Deadly Housewives

housewifeDeadly Housewives, a collection of short stories, features new works by Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Marcia Muller, Carole Nelson Douglas, Nancy Pickard, S.J. Rozan and others. In each story, a housewife gets rid of a cheating husband, or another troublesome relative, in an imaginative way. I must warn you that the first story by Nevada Barr has a good bit of cursing in it. That’s what the title, GDMFSOB, stands for. But it was entertaining!

A Great Loss

I just heard that J.D. Salinger has died at the age of 91. Reclusive, but influential, he left his mark on American letters. You might want to re-read The Catcher in The Rye in his honor. (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

New York Times obituary

JD Salinger


PBS did an adaption of three of Mr. Mankell's novels, and I became interested in this mystery series as a result. In The Fifth Woman, Kurt Wallander is a troubled, workaholic Swedish police detective.

Sad News - RIP Robert B. Parker

Robert B. ParkerAfter I finished writing about The Professional and the Spencer series, I heard news of Robert B. Parker's death. He passed away at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack while sitting at his desk. He is survived by his wife of 50 years and 2 sons. So I guess I won't be reading any more Spencer novels. Might be nice to go back and re-read some of my favorites.

New York Times Obituary

The Professional

robert b parkerRobert B. Parker has been writing the Spencer series for quite some time. In The Professional, four women are being blackmailed by a man named Gary Eisenhower. The four victims found each other and they approach Spencer about stopping Gary.  Spencer has to track down Gary, and then deal with him. Of course, there are some murders and some tough guys connected with the case, and ultimately, Spencer has to decide whether to follow the law or his heart.

The End of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmesEven Sir Arthur Connan Doyle couldn’t kill him. But this is the end of my blogging about him, at least for now. Here are books by other authors that have taken the Sherlock Holmes story further.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

The Beekeeper's Apprentice  beekeeper's apprenticeis the first in a series, which was recommended to me by a friend. The author, Laurie R. King, reports that a trunk containing the writings of a Mary Russell was mysteriously delivered to her. She has no idea who Mary Russell was, and she finds the story farfetched, but she needed the money, so she published this book.

The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmes portraitInspired by the original works, several modern authors have written Sherlock Holmes stories, either continuing the saga or taking it into new directions. I’m going to look at some of these in the new few weeks.


sherlock holmesSherlock Holmes is the most frequently portrayed character in movie history. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will be interested in the new movie, either hating it or loving it. The stories do refer to Holmes' study of fencing and martial arts, so the action in the new film does seem warranted. I for one will be rereading some of my favorite stories so that I will be ready for the movie. If you want to read a few of the stories, there are 56 in all.

Good Old Rumpole!

Any of the Rumpole books are a good read. For those of you unfamiliar with Horace Rumpole, he is an English barrister who delights in tormenting judges and helping his clients get a fair trial. Luckily for us, sometimes he gets to solve a mystery! All of the characters are a delight, and there is a lot of humor in each story. His wife, otherwise known as She Who Must Be Obeyed, tells him, "I can always rely on you to be unreliable." I disagree. You can always rely on good old Rumpole to provide an entertaining mystery. You might want to read A Rumpole Christmas now.

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