Short Story Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

Title: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Author: James Thurber Category: Short Story First published: March 18, 1939 in The New Yorker Rating: 4½ out of 5 stars Add: Goodreads Purchase: Audible | Amazon Walter Mitty, a mild-mannered forty-year-old man, drives into Connecticut with his wife for their weekly shopping trip …

Review: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Title: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Category: Horror First published: 1885 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Add: Goodreads Purchase: Amazon Stevenson’s famous exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, has become synonymous with …

H is for Handwriting and Holmes

Most of us learned cursive writing in elementary school, but our personal style of writing is, in theory, unique to us. I’ve read, and watched, a lot of mysteries over the years and occasionally a bit of handwriting becomes crucial in discovering who the villain is or isn’t.  Handwriting analysis …

Review: Christmas in Killarney by Susan Furlong-Bolliger

Another holiday read, this time a short story. In “Christmas in Killarney,” Maureen and her husband are down on their luck. He’s unemployed, spending most days lying on the couch in front of the tv. She’s cleaning rooms at a hotel and drinking too much. Maureen gets a call from …

March Mystery Madness: The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

Amber, 12, and I have been reading some of the Sherlock Holmes short stories lately. The first we read is to me one of his most memorable, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” Amber of course knows who Sherlock Holmes is, and I guess she’s watched a couple episodes of …

Venice in February: A Venetian Night’s Entertainment by Edith Wharton

“A Venetian Night’s Entertainment” by Edith Wharton tells of Tony, who has dreamed of visiting Venice since he was a child. To him, Venice is a magical city, “midway between reality and illusion.” Finally, as a young man, he gets his chance to visit as part of his grand tour …