IT’S PODCAST TIME AGAIN: After the Funeral

Over six years of blogging, I have written dozens of times about my favorite Poirot novel, After the Funeral, perhaps most specifically here. I always enjoy wax flowers, er, waxing over the intrinsic joys of the Abernethie clan, the brilliant fakeout, and the fabulous murderer/motive that wraps up this late, great entry in the Christie canon. … Continue reading IT’S PODCAST TIME AGAIN: After the Funeral

FOR CATHERINE

“He got on to the bed, and wrenched open the lattice, bursting, as he pulled at it, into an uncontrollable passion of tears. ‘Come in! Come in!’ he sobbed. ‘Cathy, do come. Oh, do – once more! Oh, my heart’s darling! hear me, this time, Catherine, at last!’”                                                                         (from Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte) When I … Continue reading FOR CATHERINE

RISING (FROM THE UNDEAD) CLIMAX: Murder on the Way – The End

It’s the moment that you’ve both all been waiting for: the chance to see me (and hear Flex and Herds, fellow sleuths and hosts of the Aussie podcast Death of the Reader) prove our mettle as armchair sleuths – or fall on our faces before the annoying superiority of blogger, podcaster and two-time book editor JJ McJJ of The … Continue reading RISING (FROM THE UNDEAD) CLIMAX: Murder on the Way – The End

“MURDER ON THE WAY” PLAY-ALONG: Chapters 6 – 9

“The whole thing was as unbelievable as Episode Six of The Perils of Pauline.” Greetings, ghoul lovers! If you were with me at this same time last week, you know that I am playing along with Flex and Herds, the genial and tack-sharp hosts of Death of the Reader, the Australian podcast dedicated to reading and unpacking … Continue reading “MURDER ON THE WAY” PLAY-ALONG: Chapters 6 – 9

AT PLAY WITH FLEX, HERDS AND JJ: Murder on the Way

Yesterday at Book Club, we made mincemeat short work of our latest selection and got down to talking. I meet monthly with a distinguished group of folks. There’s Kate, from Cross Examining Crime, who has published two insanely enjoyable puzzle books through the British Library. And we have the Puzzle Doctor, from Classic Mysteries, who single-handedly has … Continue reading AT PLAY WITH FLEX, HERDS AND JJ: Murder on the Way

MORE PODCAST FUN (Plus, the Wit and Wisdom of Ariadne Oliver)

In what I hope will be a quarterly appointment for the next 75 years, JJ “The Invisible Event” McBloke has hosted Moira “Clothes in Books” Traychic and Yours “Ah Sweet Mystery” Truly for another deep, spoiler-filled, dive into an Agatha Christie novel! This time it was Cards on the Table, the third book Christie published in … Continue reading MORE PODCAST FUN (Plus, the Wit and Wisdom of Ariadne Oliver)

BEATING PUZZLE DOCTOR AND KATE TO THE PUNCH: The 2021 Mystery of the Year

It’s February 28, and I know exactly what you’re doing: you’re waiting with bated breath for 306 more days to go by, the amount of time it will for the Puzzle Doctor and Kate at Cross Examining Crime to finish sifting through the respective books they’ve read all year (about 2000 for PD, and 6953 … Continue reading BEATING PUZZLE DOCTOR AND KATE TO THE PUNCH: The 2021 Mystery of the Year