Category Archives: In the Library

In the Library: Floridays

Required reading during a visit to the Sunshine State.  Or any other time. You’ll not often catch me opening a book of poetry, but I make exception for Don Blanding. So should you:  http://www.amazon.com/Floridays-Don-Blanding/dp/B000HLYOGS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427076069&sr=8-1&keywords=floridays+don+blanding.

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In the Library: The Filigree Ball

Although her work has fallen into obscurity, mystery novelist Anna Katherine Green was one of the best-selling writers of the early 20th Century.  The Filigree Ball (Being a full and true account of the solution of the mystery concerning the … Continue reading

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In the Library: In and Out of Character

Best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a series of 14 films for 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, Basil Rathbone ranks among the finest actors of any century.  His well-written autobiography, full of entertaining anecdotes about old Hollywood, isn’t … Continue reading

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The Inaugural Cobalt Club Wedding Reception

“A wedding reception at The Cobalt Club?” “Yes,” Millicent said firmly.  “Is there a problem with that?”  She was giving me the glare she hadn’t used on anyone since Mandy Shunnarah attempted to enter the premises while wearing roller skates. … Continue reading

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At the End of the Day, She’s Always Megan Rüger

  As I’d suspected she would, Megan Rüger brought the house down during her first performance at the club, but she disappeared from the lounge after a few minutes of greeting and shaking hands with members of the audience. I … Continue reading

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In the Library: Seriously Funny

This well-researched study of the revolutionary comedians of the 1950s and 1960s (Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen, Nichols & May, Bob Newhart, Ernie Kovacs, Mort Sahl, Mel Brooks, Phyllis Diller, Will Jordan, Vaughn Meader, The Smothers Brothers, Tom Lehrer, etc.) is … Continue reading

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In the Library: The Name of the Rose

“Seven deaths in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror…There’s a murderer loose in the abbey.” If all you know about Umberto Eco’s medieval mystery is related to the 1986 film starring Sean Connery, forget it, and get a copy … Continue reading

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In the Library: The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond

Old-school detective stories written by one of masters of the genre, not to mention one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century.  Chesterton’s protagonist Mr. Pond is a civil servant with a penchant for making seemingly contradictory statements and … Continue reading

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In the Library: Murder on the First Day of Christmas

Murder on the First Day of Christmas, Billie Thomas, 2012, Annie Acorn Publishing. “It’s beginning to look a lot like murder. “Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games.  But Chloe Carstairs and … Continue reading

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In the Library: The Living Shadow

The Living Shadow, Maxwell Grant, 1931, Street & Smith Publications.  (Originally published in The Shadow Magazine, Vol. 1, April-June, 1931.) “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  The Shadow knows.  But no one knows The Shadow. “Cloaked … Continue reading

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