My Copy: 9780553763010 (image from bn.com) This has to be one of the most complicated cases I've read so far in the Nero Wolfe universe. There are so many characters and so many angles to the case that if you're just skimming through, you're going to miss a lot (and it's not that long a … Continue reading Where There’s A Will, by Rex Stout
My Copy: 9780679722649 (Image from bookcoverarchive.com) Okay, if you've seen the classic film with Humphrey Bogart, then you've basically got the story down. I love this book. I've read it twice now and will be keeping this one on the shelves in my writer's hall-of-fame. I can't help it. Much like the film itself, the … Continue reading The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
My Copy: 9780762449378 (image from amazon.com) Part 1 review here. Part 2 review here. Part 3 review here. It turns out I miscounted the number of stories. There are only 27, not 28, so this last review of The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons will have only 6 short stories to review. This was … Continue reading The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (#4 of 4), edited by Paula Guran
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from abebooks.com) Ah, yes, the master of deduction has returned (by popular demand, I can assume, if the stories of poor A.C.D.'s rabid fanbase are any indication). From the first story of "Adventure of the Empty House" to 12 more spanning different facts of Holmes and Watson's partnership, it's a fun bunch … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (#4 of 8)
Wow--the end of the "Karla Trilogy" at last...and a damned-good ending! I was glad to read this book, though I wish I didn't have so many priorities take me away from it so often. I was afraid I might've missed some crucial info, but once I got the chance to really stick with it and read it the past two days, it got really good. So good that last night I had 6 chapters left and kept getting up to read more. I finished around 3:30 a.m., probably feeling about the same way Smiley did by the end of the book (hee hee).