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Free2012
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Re: Got Books?

Really looking forward to the Raymond Chandler discussion. 

 

I agree with several forum members who indicate they would like some British authors in the mix as well.  I have read more British than American mystery classics, although I enjoy several that I hear have already been discussed over the last year. I heard from a forum member (can't remember which one) that one of my favorites, Dashielle Hammett, had been discussed not too long ago.  And Rex Stout as well.  Just my luck!!! 

 

I think to discuss Christie might take at least two months given her body of work and her several series characters.  And not only was her writing complex, but so was she. 

 

I would like to read more of Anthony Boucher's work, but I can't find copies either.  I did manage to get some of his short stories through an Inter-Library Loan deal in our library network here (Boucher's Choicest), but there are so many just not available.  I admit I have not tried library systems outside the area.  It is sometimes hard to get copies of books from other libraries as they expect you to check out in person. 

 

I also think that a discussion of Hugh Pentecost or Richard and Frances Lockridge could be worthwhile.  But there are enough names to keep discussions going for years so plenty of choices.  

 

 

 

 

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Re: Got Books?


Free2012 wrote:

Really looking forward to the Raymond Chandler discussion. 

 

I agree with several forum members who indicate they would like some British authors in the mix as well.  I have read more British than American mystery classics, although I enjoy several that I hear have already been discussed over the last year. I heard from a forum member (can't remember which one) that one of my favorites, Dashielle Hammett, had been discussed not too long ago.  And Rex Stout as well.  Just my luck!!! 

 

I think to discuss Christie might take at least two months given her body of work and her several series characters.  And not only was her writing complex, but so was she. 

 

I would like to read more of Anthony Boucher's work, but I can't find copies either.  I did manage to get some of his short stories through an Inter-Library Loan deal in our library network here (Boucher's Choicest), but there are so many just not available.  I admit I have not tried library systems outside the area.  It is sometimes hard to get copies of books from other libraries as they expect you to check out in person. 

 

I also think that a discussion of Hugh Pentecost or Richard and Frances Lockridge could be worthwhile.  But there are enough names to keep discussions going for years so plenty of choices.  

 

 

 

 


If you type "Agatha Christie" in the search box here you'll find links to some of the many, many discussions and guest blogs about her books here. She's a favorite of mine. We've also discussed Richard and Frances Lockridge but not Hugh Pentecost. Thanks for the suggestions!

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Free2012 wrote:

Really looking forward to the Raymond Chandler discussion. 

 

I agree with several forum members who indicate they would like some British authors in the mix as well.  I have read more British than American mystery classics, although I enjoy several that I hear have already been discussed over the last year. I heard from a forum member (can't remember which one) that one of my favorites, Dashielle Hammett, had been discussed not too long ago.  And Rex Stout as well.  Just my luck!!! 

 

I think to discuss Christie might take at least two months given her body of work and her several series characters.  And not only was her writing complex, but so was she. 

 

I would like to read more of Anthony Boucher's work, but I can't find copies either.  I did manage to get some of his short stories through an Inter-Library Loan deal in our library network here (Boucher's Choicest), but there are so many just not available.  I admit I have not tried library systems outside the area.  It is sometimes hard to get copies of books from other libraries as they expect you to check out in person. 

 

I also think that a discussion of Hugh Pentecost or Richard and Frances Lockridge could be worthwhile.  But there are enough names to keep discussions going for years so plenty of choices.  

 

 

 

 


Free2012, I've had that happen to me a couple of times-- I forgot to check on this thread, and when I did, found that the discussion of one of the authors whom I had been looking forward to discussing, had already been covered!

becke, I move that we hereby declare that it will always be "open season" on any of the classic authors that you've listed, so the latecomers can go ahead and add their two-cents' worth.

Who knows--maybe that will lead to some interesting conversations that we wouldn't have otherwise. I for one would enjoy hearing from Free2012 on opinions on Dashiel Hammet, or Rex Stout, two of my personal favorites also.

 

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Fricka wrote:

Free2012 wrote:

Really looking forward to the Raymond Chandler discussion. 

 

I agree with several forum members who indicate they would like some British authors in the mix as well.  I have read more British than American mystery classics, although I enjoy several that I hear have already been discussed over the last year. I heard from a forum member (can't remember which one) that one of my favorites, Dashielle Hammett, had been discussed not too long ago.  And Rex Stout as well.  Just my luck!!! 

 

I think to discuss Christie might take at least two months given her body of work and her several series characters.  And not only was her writing complex, but so was she. 

 

I would like to read more of Anthony Boucher's work, but I can't find copies either.  I did manage to get some of his short stories through an Inter-Library Loan deal in our library network here (Boucher's Choicest), but there are so many just not available.  I admit I have not tried library systems outside the area.  It is sometimes hard to get copies of books from other libraries as they expect you to check out in person. 

 

I also think that a discussion of Hugh Pentecost or Richard and Frances Lockridge could be worthwhile.  But there are enough names to keep discussions going for years so plenty of choices.  

 

 

 

 


Free2012, I've had that happen to me a couple of times-- I forgot to check on this thread, and when I did, found that the discussion of one of the authors whom I had been looking forward to discussing, had already been covered!

becke, I move that we hereby declare that it will always be "open season" on any of the classic authors that you've listed, so the latecomers can go ahead and add their two-cents' worth.

Who knows--maybe that will lead to some interesting conversations that we wouldn't have otherwise. I for one would enjoy hearing from Free2012 on opinions on Dashiel Hammet, or Rex Stout, two of my personal favorites also.

 


I agree - these are "open" threads, with no cut-off date for additional comments or questions.

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Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?

Somebody brought Mignon Eberhart to my attention yesterday, and I must admit I don't know much about her.  Would she be an author worth looking into?

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Ryan_G wrote:

Somebody brought Mignon Eberhart to my attention yesterday, and I must admit I don't know much about her.  Would she be an author worth looking into?


YES!! I've read a lot of her books - I think you'd like them!

 

Hunt With The Hounds  

While the Patient Slept  

Man Missing  

Another Man's Murder  

The Patient in Room 18  

The House on the Roof  

Wolf in Man's Clothing  

From This Dark Stairway  

Five Passengers from Lisbon  

Dead Yesterday and Other Stories  

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?

Thanks Becke!  I will check the used bookstores next time I'm there.  We could always schedule her for next year if anyone else is interested.  It will give me the push I need to get her books.


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

Somebody brought Mignon Eberhart to my attention yesterday, and I must admit I don't know much about her.  Would she be an author worth looking into?


YES!! I've read a lot of her books - I think you'd like them!

 

Hunt With The Hounds  

While the Patient Slept  

Man Missing  

Another Man's Murder  

The Patient in Room 18  

The House on the Roof  

Wolf in Man's Clothing  

From This Dark Stairway  

Five Passengers from Lisbon  

Dead Yesterday and Other Stories  


 

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?


Ryan_G wrote:

Thanks Becke!  I will check the used bookstores next time I'm there.  We could always schedule her for next year if anyone else is interested.  It will give me the push I need to get her books.


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

Somebody brought Mignon Eberhart to my attention yesterday, and I must admit I don't know much about her.  Would she be an author worth looking into?


YES!! I've read a lot of her books - I think you'd like them!

 


 


I remember having and reading some Eberhart paperbacks back in the 70s, but they are long gone.  However, I got one of her novels in a Got Books package, so I would definitely be up for adding her to the list!

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Ryan_G wrote:

Thanks Becke!  I will check the used bookstores next time I'm there.  We could always schedule her for next year if anyone else is interested.  It will give me the push I need to get her books.


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

Somebody brought Mignon Eberhart to my attention yesterday, and I must admit I don't know much about her.  Would she be an author worth looking into?


YES!! I've read a lot of her books - I think you'd like them!

 

Hunt With The Hounds  

While the Patient Slept  

Man Missing  

Another Man's Murder  

The Patient in Room 18  

The House on the Roof  

Wolf in Man's Clothing  

From This Dark Stairway  

Five Passengers from Lisbon  

Dead Yesterday and Other Stories  


 


Good idea - remind me if I forget!

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

Thanks Becke!  I will check the used bookstores next time I'm there.  We could always schedule her for next year if anyone else is interested.  It will give me the push I need to get her books.


becke_davis wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

Somebody brought Mignon Eberhart to my attention yesterday, and I must admit I don't know much about her.  Would she be an author worth looking into?


YES!! I've read a lot of her books - I think you'd like them!

 

Hunt With The Hounds  

While the Patient Slept  

Man Missing  

Another Man's Murder  

The Patient in Room 18  

The House on the Roof  

Wolf in Man's Clothing  

From This Dark Stairway  

Five Passengers from Lisbon  

Dead Yesterday and Other Stories  


 


Good idea - remind me if I forget!


I'll have to check her out too!

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?

Ira Levin was on the schedule for October, but since we've featured his books several times in the past here and since there's been some interest in Mignon G. Eberhart, I suggest we go with Ms. Eberhart for October. We can still get Ira Levin on the schedule in 2013. Is this okay with you all?

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becke_davis wrote:

Ira Levin was on the schedule for October, but since we've featured his books several times in the past here and since there's been some interest in Mignon G. Eberhart, I suggest we go with Ms. Eberhart for October. We can still get Ira Levin on the schedule in 2013. Is this okay with you all?


Unfortunately, that is kind of short notice, and I am already all "booked up" (pun intended!) for October.  I'm reading The Doll (Du Maurier), Henry James' The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw, and Murder in Mesopotamia (Agatha Christie).  I do have one Eberhart novel, and so I was hoping to participate when you did her, but I wasn't expecting it so soon.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

Ira Levin was on the schedule for October, but since we've featured his books several times in the past here and since there's been some interest in Mignon G. Eberhart, I suggest we go with Ms. Eberhart for October. We can still get Ira Levin on the schedule in 2013. Is this okay with you all?


Unfortunately, that is kind of short notice, and I am already all "booked up" (pun intended!) for October.  I'm reading The Doll (Du Maurier), Henry James' The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw, and Murder in Mesopotamia (Agatha Christie).  I do have one Eberhart novel, and so I was hoping to participate when you did her, but I wasn't expecting it so soon.


Well, Ira Levin was originally scheduled for this month. Would you prefer if we go back to the original plan?

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?

Becke, I have not heard of this author. Are her books worth reading? They do look interesting.

 

ReadingPatti

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ReadingPatti wrote:

Becke, I have not heard of this author. Are her books worth reading? They do look interesting.

 

ReadingPatti


Do you mean Mignon G. Eberhart? I like her books a lot - I've read quite a few, although it's been some years since I read them. She is definitely a "classic!"

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?

I guess what is boils down to is this - do you prefer it when you've had time to read some books by the author we feature or do you usually wait to find out about the author and THEN read the books? I've read pretty much all of the authors we're featuring for American Mystery Classics - even though I read some awhile ago - so I'll leave this up to you all. I can post the feature any time - I'm just not sure who the final choice is!

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becke_davis wrote:

I guess what is boils down to is this - do you prefer it when you've had time to read some books by the author we feature or do you usually wait to find out about the author and THEN read the books? I've read pretty much all of the authors we're featuring for American Mystery Classics - even though I read some awhile ago - so I'll leave this up to you all. I can post the feature any time - I'm just not sure who the final choice is!


I like to try to read the author before we discuss them but if I don't get to them before, I can always comment and say that I am intending to read the author. After I have read at least one book, then I will come back and say what I thought about the book.

 

So, it doesn't matter to me when we discuss an author. Keep Eberhart on and we can learn about her and read her when we get a chance.

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?


eadieburke wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

I guess what is boils down to is this - do you prefer it when you've had time to read some books by the author we feature or do you usually wait to find out about the author and THEN read the books? I've read pretty much all of the authors we're featuring for American Mystery Classics - even though I read some awhile ago - so I'll leave this up to you all. I can post the feature any time - I'm just not sure who the final choice is!


I like to try to read the author before we discuss them but if I don't get to them before, I can always comment and say that I am intending to read the author. After I have read at least one book, then I will come back and say what I thought about the book.

 

So, it doesn't matter to me when we discuss an author. Keep Eberhart on and we can learn about her and read her when we get a chance.


I guess I could post both Ira Levin and Mignon G. Eberhart. Then you can pick and choose between them!

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Re: Is This An Author Worth Looking Into?

becke, I like to read a book before talking to an author. For me it is something that I have to relate to. But it really does not matter to me.

 

ReadingPatti

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Personally, I prefer to read before discussing.

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