Review: Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh is another new discovery for me, thanks again to the Vintage Mystery Challenge. She is one of the four original “Queens of Crime” along with Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, and Agatha Christie, British authors who dominated the crime fiction genre in the 1920s and 30s. Overture to …

Review: The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart

First published in 1906, The Man in Lower Ten was apparently the first detective novel to appear on American best seller lists. I have to admit that I had never heard of Mary Roberts Rinehart, the “American Agatha Christise,” before this year’s Vintage Mystery Challenge, which is a shame. This …

Review: The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

I need to say straight off that I have adored Agatha Christie books since probably junior high. I like all of her series characters for different reasons, but Tommy and Tuppence are pure fun. This is the first book to feature the pair. It takes place just after WW1 and …

Review: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly’s name has been around a lot lately, with The Lincoln Lawyer movie in theaters and The Fifth Witness coming out soon. I had never read anything by him though, so when I saw that our library had the audio version of The Black Echo available, I decided it …

Short Story Monday: Dolly’s Trash and Treasures by Lawrence Block

I’ve read at least one full-length book by Lawrence Block before, one of his Bernie Rhodenbarr series, but I don’t remember which one. I also enjoyed his story in the Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop collection, so I expected to like this one too and I wasn’t disappointed. The subject …