The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Circular Staircase is the first of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s novels I’ve read. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to reading her. The Circular Staircase is apparently the first example of the “Had-I-But-Known” school of mystery writing. The Had-I-But-Known mystery novel is one …

The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

I read a lot of crime fiction and mystery stories, both modern and classic, but somehow I’ve skipped over Philip Marlowe. In this introduction to Marlowe, a dying millionaire hires him to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. …