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    I did eventually finish reading

    The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott
    (Fifth in the Book Collector Mystery Series)

    And it did get a little bit entertaining/amusing as it slowly progressed, but I'm not in a hurry to try any more "cozy" mysteries at present.
    (A tad too silly for what I want these days.)

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    Also recently ordered

    The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett
    from the Barnes & Noble website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Also recently ordered

    The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett
    from the Barnes & Noble website.
    I like Hammet's work, but I wonder what he experienced as a detective. Something in his life before writing clearly burned his soul to ashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNewGod View Post
    I like Hammet's work, but I wonder what he experienced as a detective. Something in his life before writing clearly burned his soul to ashes.
    Aside from the crimes of the times (and the very violent clashes between the unions and management back in those earlier days of the century), Hammett also enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I ("The Great War") where he served in the Motor Ambulance Corps.
    Not exactly a bucolic life/world.

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    Today I stopped by Barnes & Nobel and wound up buying

    Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn (Soho Press - 2006)
    Turns out they were doing a special where Barnes & Noble members received a membership discount of 20% instead of the usual 10% from Thursday the 17th through Sunday the 20th, but it may have been just at my location.

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    Finished Gore Vidal’s Thieves Fall Out.

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    It was a fun read, surely a book of its time, but fun nevertheless.

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    Today I put in an order through Barnes & Noble for

    Murder Is My Business by Brett Halliday
    (http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_b...0My%20Business)

    And I'm currently reading

    The Way Some People Die by Ross Macdonald
    (orig. © 1951 / Vintage Crime/Black Lizard edition July 2007)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/b...9780307278982/

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    I'm a huge mystery/thriller fan. So much so that I somehow stumbled my way into writing reviews for Mystery Scene magazine.

    The latest book that I've finished reading was the upcoming Michael Connelly book Dark Sacred Night. I got an advance copy of it sent to me from the magazine and will be writing the review of it for the magazine.
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    Those Hardcase Crime novels are real beauties.

    Currently listening to Ian Rankin's audiobooks during long drives and loved Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston (but damn it was depressing, poetic though)

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    Here's three reviews I wrote that got printed in the new issue of Mystery Scene magazine.

    Marcia Muller - The Breakers

    Peter Blauner - Sunrise Highway

    R.J. Jagger - Shot Of Love
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    Beth Hart February 23rd, 2017 Boston, MA Concert Review


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    I don't know if this counts because it's part of the Mignolaverse, but I bought Lobster John : The Satan Factory, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. It's in my "to read" pile.

    I've heard it is really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Whovian View Post
    I don't know if this counts because it's part of the Mignolaverse, but I bought Lobster John : The Satan Factory, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. It's in my "to read" pile.

    I've heard it is really good.
    I liked it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    I keep toying with the idea of buying a copy of this:
    Did anybody already read this (within the past eight years)?
    Thoughts / comments? Did Sniegoski do justice to The Lobster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Anybody read any of the Hard Case Crime books?

    I've bought a few and enjoyed those I've read so far.
    I collected the Hard Case Crime books when they first came out, because they were readily available at our Wal-Mart at the time.
    But when they stopped selling them, I had to quit buying them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    ...and, for something completely different:

    Murder Past Due by Miranda James
    <A Cat in the Stacks Mystery>
    If you like Cozy Mysteries, or even Mystery in general, this site is an invaluable resource.

    And btw, I think this is the best rundown of the differences between Mystery, Crime Fiction and Thrillers.
    It really helps to pinpoint which types of Mystery/Crime Fiction you're most interested in.

    For instance, under Mystery I prefer 'Cozy' and 'Hard-Boiled', but don't really care for the others.
    With Crime, I'm really only interested in 'Noir'. And then mostly just in black and white film.
    And in Thrillers, I don't care much for the genre, itself, but I do like Supernatural or Psychological Thrillers. Moreso if it's a combination of the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Also a PBS series, wasn't it?




    Love Miss Fisher.
    It was a joy to see that a classy mystery show could still be made and be popular today.

    I also used her as Dr. Orchid when I expanded the 1972 Clue game on Tabletop Simulator.

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    As for myself, I just started reading the first volume of Dynamite's Sherlock Holmes...



    I noticed that they just wrapped up a new volume by Leah Moore, but I was kinda turned off by the art.
    But at least it shows they're still doing stuff with the character.

    And I've also started re-reading Sandman Mystery Theatre. This time I plan to finish it and also read the Madame Xanadu story.
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