Spring 2017. Issue #44.
Editor: Arthur Vidro.
Old-Time Detection Special Interest Group of American Mensa, Ltd.
34 pages (including covers).
Cover image: Ross Macdonald (and fedora).
quality publication by anyone's standards, one that is not to be missed.
Featured in the issue: a hard-boiled pioneer . . . the apotheosis of the hard-boiled confessional . . . the epitome of the puzzle plot, the locked room mystery . . . Poirot
redux . . . the BBC mangling Christie—again . . . a reclusive noir writer lighting up
the silver screen . . . an impossible crime fiction story . . . and perceptive reviews throughout.
(Note: We've also added a few off-site links—indicated by "Related: (HERE)"—to
jog your memory.)
(1) "Carroll John Daly and The Snarl of the Beast" by Charles Shibuk (1981; 3 pages).
|". . . a milestone in the early history of the hard-boiled genre . . ."|
|". . . tragedy, or at least aim at it."|
|". . . life was pleasant and uneventful until my thirteenth year, when I read Ellery Queen's The Chinese Orange Mystery . . ."|
|"There isn't enough quirky interplay . . ."|
|". . . the enormity of the liberties taken with her masterpiece."|
|". . . haunted by a sense of doom that never left him . . ."|
|". . . stronger on anecdote than literary criticism . . ."|
|". . . probably the best novel Macdonald ever wrote."|
|". . . a giant in the Golden Age of detective fiction."|
Related: All eighteen of Michael Grost's Jacob Black mysteries can be accessed from (HERE).
|". . . Jake's instincts, which had rarely lied to him, told him something was up."|
The Plague Court Murders (1934), reviewed by Douglas Greene (1995); The Secret of High Eldersham (1931), reviewed by Amnon Kabatchnik (1973); The Black Camel (1929), reviewed by Trudi Harrov (2017); and A Life for Sale (1927), reviewed by Charles Shibuk (2017).
Related: (HERE), (HERE), and (HERE).
|". . . a historical romance within the larger framework of a detective story."|
|". . . not only a novel of detection, but also a novel of folklore."|
|". . . engaging, accessible writing style . . ."|
|". . . a fast, easy read . . ."|
"I sympathize with Jon Breen's intention to just 'glance' at OTD when it comes
in, though that is also in part to make it last. Because once I have it in hand and
start reading, I have trouble stopping, so I'm through it too fast, instead of savoring
it, a bit at a time."
(13) "Last Issue's Puzzle":
Eleven readers got it right!
(14) "This Issue's Puzzle":
"Below is a photograph of an old-time mystery writer. Who is he?"
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Arthur Vidro, editor
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Claremont, New Hampshire 03743
- Our review of the Autumn 2016 issue of OTD is (HERE).