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December 12, 2013
This month we’re all about Margery Allingham and Edmund Crispin, so we thought we’d keep the Thursday Quiz to a similar theme. Below, a trio of teasers about Miss Allingham’s work — though frankly, they’re dead easy.
- At what London gentlemen’s club might one be likely to find Mr. Albert Campion?
- Like many gentleman-sleuths, Mr. Campion employs a valet with interesting connections to persons of the lower orders. What is the name of this splendidly helpful fellow?
- The first adventure in which Mr. Campion truly plays a starring role is Mystery Mile. To what does the title refer?
The answers to last week’s quiz (scroll down to the comments)
December 11, 2013
Today’s special, Margery Allingham’s Flowers for the Judge (Campion #7) is one of the lesser-celebrated titles in the Albert Campion series; yet it presents a really engaging puzzle involving a publishing dynasty and two mysterious disappearances, and depicts Albert Campion more as a character than a device. But why don’t we let Les Blatt, of Classic Mysteries, tell you more about it:
December 10, 2013
If I tell you who I’ve been reading lately, you’ll hoot: Stephen King. I hadn’t read him in about 30 years, since The Shining scared the pants off me one hot August afternoon at the beach. But I read an interview with him, and I was both so impressed with his thoughtfulness and intelligence and so warmed by his clearly genuine decency that I thought, well, I should give him a read. So I read the new one, Dr. Sleep, which is a sequel to The Shining. And not terribly good (or, as it happens, terribly scary), though there is a moment at the very end that I just love to pieces. But it made me go back and reread The Shining, which IS scary as hell, and is also, not for nothing, a heck of a good book. I really, really enjoyed reading it. As in, it was one of those books where you look forward to going to bed, because that’s when you get to dig back into the story. At bottom, if you strip away all the horror-stuff, it’s about an alcoholic who is trying to quit drinking, and it was so clearly informed by King’s own struggles with alcoholism. There is an underlying authenticity that gives real emotional heft to a tale that I, a true snob, had been all too happy to write off as nothing but cheap thrills. I was astonished at how good it was.