Mystery Archive

A Dangerous Place - GUEST BUTLER NORA LEVINE owns the literary mystery/thriller corner of this site. That’s my good fortune --- I can’t read everything --- and yours too. Nora introduced us --- well,

Agatha Raisin and The Quiche of Death - TV TIME: Angela Raisin is now on TV. The New York Times has the story. ---- What are the odds that I would read, much less praise, an English murder mystery starring

Death at Breakfast - I met Beth Gutcheon ages and ages ago, in a college tutorial. I had never been terrified in school before. I was now --- of Beth. She had read everything

I’m Thinking of Ending Things - You may not want to read “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” but you will. With a pounding heart. And flying fingers --- I read all 210 pages in two

James M. Cain: ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’ and ‘Double Indemnity’ - No mystery is simpler than one penned by James M. Cain. The elements of his best books are easily understandable: an unhappily married woman, a susceptible single man, a primal

July 4, 2016: Stay safe. Read a book. - This is so obvious it shouldn’t need to be said, but real patriotism is the exact opposite of what those fools --- mostly male --- mean when they chant “USA!

Maisie Dobbs - GUEST BUTLER NORA LEVINE: The e-mail was direct: “Have you met Maisie Dobbs, created by Jacqueline Winspear? She's an impressive character.” I had not. I replied with a question about Maisie. Two mails later,

Nerve Damage - “Sometimes the dead live on in your dreams.” A nice start to the first suspense novel I've opened in years. I pressed on. It turns out that Roy

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler cut his typing paper in half. He'd type until he made a bad word choice or botched a bit of dialogue, then he'd rip the sheet

Tana French: In the Woods - Guest Butler Nora Levine introduced herself by asking if I knew the mystery novels of Jacqueline Winspear. I did not, so she produced an astonishingly good piece about Winspear and

Tana French: The Secret Place - Guest Butler Nora Levine is our Tana French expert; she last reviewed French’s “In the Woods.” In her other life, Levine, a former law librarian, unravels the mysteries of her

Tana French: The Trespasser - GUEST BUTLER NORA LEVINE owns the literary mystery/thriller corner of this site. That’s my good fortune — I can’t read everything — and yours too. Nora introduced us — well,

The Glass Key - "The Glass Key," published in 1930, was Dashiell Hammett's favorite book --- quite a statement when you consider that he also wrote "The Thin Man" and "The Maltese Falcon."  “The clues

The Killer Inside Me - The first time I read this book, I wasn’t right for days. This is not an uncommon experience. The killer is Lou Ford, deputy sheriff of Central City, Texas (population: 48,000). He's

The Moving Toyshop - Having come late to mysteries, I thought to read some classics. So I found an old Penguin edition of Edmund Crispin’s “The Moving Toyshop,” which P.D. James called one of the

The Silver Bear - There is no love in The Silver Bear. Not one little bit. The desire for love, the hunger for love? Oh, this short novel has plenty of that. There's

The Woman in Cabin 10 - GUEST BUTLER NORA LEVINE owns the literary mystery/thriller corner of this site. That’s my good fortune — I can’t read everything — and yours too. Nora introduced us — well,

They’re Watching - Hollywood --- I mean: the studio system --- is so over I don’t know where to begin. But old images die slowly. Images of “moguls” and “executives” and “the studio lot”