Saturday, December 21, 2013

Brief Contemporary Reactions to H. C. Bailey's Short Detective Fiction

As we've seen previously, critics seldom had strong objections to Bailey's novels, but what about his short stories? Click on the links for more info:

MR. FORTUNE WONDERS (1933):
-"Very good." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (December 9, 1933)

MR. FORTUNE OBJECTS (1935):
- "Read it." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (April 20, 1935)
A CLUE FOR MR. FORTUNE (1936):
- "Gratifyin'." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (October 3, 1936)
THIS IS MR. FORTUNE (1938):
- ". . . demonstrates neatly the superiority of a series of short stories . . ." — SCRIBNER'S (September 1938; scroll to page 53)

MR. FORTUNE HERE (1940):
- "Satisfyin'." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (July 27, 1940)

MEET MR. FORTUNE (1942):
- "Rewardin'." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (June 20, 1942)

Category: Detective fiction

2 comments:

  1. Reggie may be an acquired taste but he is one that I certainly have. Naturally the quality varies with such a large output but he is one of my very favourite Great Detectives, particularly in the short stories. I enjoy his eccentricities as much as the great variety of crimes involved in his cases. Bailey's literary style is perhaps a little dated but he is a wonderful character, well worth reading.

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  2. Ron — It's great when the detective's eccentricities don't strongly detract from the story lines. My main complaint about ELEMENTARY, MONK, and nearly all recent crime fiction is that they've gone too far into characterization at the expense of plot. For me, the best detective fiction strikes a healthy balance among all the story elements; but failing that, I'll take a strong plot over character any day of the week. Unlike most fiction, mysteries are heavily dependent on plotting; it's their raison d'etre, you might say. Anything else is icing on the cake.

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