Monthly Archives: September 2016

Faintly Speaking, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

I sometimes read other reviews in preparation for writing my own. There are several reasons for this: I like to check to make certain that I haven’t missed something blindingly obvious that all other readers have caught. Equally, I already … Continue reading

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Fire, Burn! by John Dickson Carr: A Review

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, John Dickson Carr is well-remembered for his locked-room puzzles, his sometimes-whimsical, sometimes-haunting mysteries, and his entertaining detectives, Dr. Gideon Fell and (written under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) Sir Henry Merrivale. Together, … Continue reading

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Uncoffin’d Clay, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

A charming late-era entry into the Mrs. Bradley mysteries, Uncoffin’d Clay is something of an inversion of the typical detective-story structure. Rather than presenting a rigorous clue-hunter stalking their foul, murdering prey (and it must be said that Gladys Mitchell’s mysteries hardly … Continue reading

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Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements from Arsenic to Zinc, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams: A Review

  One of my general rules in reading is to be wary of books that call themselves “a cultural history.” These books, like those calling themselves “social histories” or, indeed, those written by sociologists, can be perfectly reasonable and servicable … Continue reading

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