Daily Miscellany

"It is surprising that Mr. Gould lived long as he did, in view of his character."

—Nero Wolfe, "Black Orchids," in Black Orchids, 1942, by Rex Stout

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"I felt like poisoning a monk."

—Umberto Eco on why he wrote his novel, The Name of the Rose, 1983

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Man Shoots Neighbor With Machete

—Headline in The Miami Herald, July 3, 1997

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"It is not strange. She finds them often. Fresh dead people."

—Abdullah, commenting on his employer, Amelia Peabody Emerson, Seeing a Large Cat, 1997, by Elizabeth Peters

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"Too much virtue has a corrupting effect."

—Kinsey Millhone, "A" is for Alibi, 1982, by Sue Grafton

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I’ve been binging a lot lately on British mystery series that are just now being made available to U.S. audiences.

These series are distributed by Acorn with DVD and Blu-ray sets available from select ret

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Tom Straw may be the best-known unknown writer.

He’s had seven novels that went straight to the New York Times Best Seller list, with one landing in the No. 1 slot. The books were hugely popular and the ch

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JOAN HESS (1949-2017)

From St. Martins Press:

Author Joan Hess has died. A pioneer in the mystery genre and a much loved fixture at mystery conventions for decades, she was the author of forty-thre

JOAN HESS (1949-2017)

From St. Martins Press:

Author Joan Hess has died. A pioneer in the mystery genre and a much loved fixture at mystery conventions for decades, she was the author of forty-three books, o

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