Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Devil in Velvet, by John Dickson Carr: A Review

If you were to choose any book from John Dickson Carr’s lengthy career, 1951’s The Devil in Velvet would prove a most mis-leading starting point. For while it is classic Carr, with none of the faults of some of his earliest … Continue reading

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Uncle Silas, by J.S. Le Fanu: A Review

For me, Sheridan Le Fanu is best known for two things: for having written ghost stories that appear in nearly every anthology of 19th century English mystery, suspense, and Gothic fiction (The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories is just … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New (to me, anyway)

I’m not sure how much of a crossover there is in these two worlds, but Francophones who also adore the work of John Dickson Carr might be interested in something that was finally delivered to my letter box earlier this … Continue reading

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Minerals: Nature’s Fabulous Jewels, by Arthur Court & Ian Campbell, with Photographs by M. Halberstadt: A Review

As someone who is renewing his somewhat desultory efforts to write a popular book about mineralogy, I’m always interested to find a book that I didn’t previously know about in this rather esoteric genre. I have found several books in … Continue reading

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