Category Archives: Books

Chevy Stevens: Never Let You Go

When my editor asked me to write a review of Chevy Stevens’s new book, she wondered if I’d have to reread it in order to refresh my memory. But, despite the fact that I’d devoured Never Let You Go back … Continue reading

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Found in a Book

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Kathryn Casey: Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder

Ever since the loss of Ann Rule, the True Crime world has been in a bit of a funk. To some extent the books that used to come out by the dozens have been replaced by semi-documentaries that proliferate on … Continue reading

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The Whispering Statue

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #14 1970 Edition Illustrator: Rudi Nappi

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The Case of the Substitute Face

by Erle Stanley Gardner [1974]

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Two ways of looking at a Cautious Coquette

— 1959/1963

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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy, NYRB Classics

Recently a woman named Tracy Tynan published a memoir (which — full disclosure — I haven’t read), that seems to center, like so many these days, on how awful mommy and daddy were. Her father was that once famous enfant … Continue reading

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Book of the month from the Great Lakes Center for Literocity!

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A CAT AND A WILL

A rich old man dies, His will specifies that his heirs are to retain his faithful caretaker. The caretaker comes to Perry Mason’s office several days later and asks the lawyer to represent his cat. A lawyer defending a cat! … Continue reading

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The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts by Susan Brind Morrow

The “Pyramid Texts” are a group of hieroglyphics that were inscribed on the insides of the Old Kingdom pyramids at Saqqara 4,000 years ago, and, as such, some of the oldest writings that we are aware of. Intended only for … Continue reading

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