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Re: American Mystery Classics


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Thanks for the Craig Rice links, Becke. Those are great bargains.

 

I've started reading The Sunday Pigeon Murders. It's a real hoot, humorous and so light it might reasonably be called insubstantial. Goes down easy. I wouldn't want a steady diet of such stuff, but so far it's proving to be an entertaining diversion.


I haven't read all of them (couldn't find them all) but most of the ones I read were very much on the light side.

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American Mystery Classics - possible changes

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Becke, do you think we can do Mignon G. Eberhart and Mary Roberts Rhinehart?

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Becke, do you think we can do Mignon G. Eberhart and Mary Roberts Rhinehart?


Great idea!

 

I just switched Helen MacInnes' spot to Mary Roberts Rinehart. (We can do Helen MacInnes in 2013.)

 

What do the rest of you think? Should we postpone one of these others to 2013 and put Mignon G. Eberhart in her spot? I've read a lot of her books - we definitely should include her, either this year or next.

 

Here's the schedule for 2012 - I put it together off the top of my head, so we can switch any of these around:

 

Authors we've featured so far:

 

(This one inspired the new feature)  December 2011: EDGAR ALLEN POE

 

January: ERLE STANLEY GARDNER (aka A.A. FAIR)

 

February: CRAIG RICE

 

March: DASHIELL HAMMETT

 

April: FRANCES AND RICHARD LOCKRIDGE

 

 

COMING UP (We can change these around if you want)

 

May: FREDERICK DANNAY AND MANFRED BENNINGTON LEE (aka ELLERY QUEEN)

 

June: ED MCBAIN

 

July: CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG

 

August: REX STOUT

 

September: *NOTE CHANGE* Mary Roberts Rinehart (by popular request)

 

October: IRA LEVIN

 

November: DORIS MILES DISNEY

 

December: RAYMOND CHANDLER

 

For 2013:

 

Helen MacInnes

 

???

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Actually, even though it may be a bit late, would it be possible to delay Elllery Queen?  I am currently reading Middlemarch by George Eliot for a discussion elsewhere, and it is a very long novel and I am finding it slow going, so I think it may well take me all month to read that.  Originally, I only had two short stories by Queen, but when I was helping my mother clear out some of my father's books, I found a paperback with two novels in it, so I don't think I will be able to read even a fraction of that by the last week of this month.  If others are already into their reading of Ellery Queen, that's ok; I will just come back and add to the thread later when I can.  If you can put it off, the best for me would be switching with Ira Levin or Doris Miles Disney, since I have nothing by either, and so won't have to worry if I don't get to anything this month.  Or even Mary Roberts Rhinehart, since I don't have anything by her, either.

 

I think I read some Mignon G. Eberhart in the past, but no longer have those books.  But as I was just checking my 'inventory' for this feature, I found that a book you sent me with a Rex Stout novel in it also has a novel by Eberhart!  Yay!  Maybe she (he?) could be added to the 2013 lineup?

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dulcinea3 wrote:

Actually, even though it may be a bit late, would it be possible to delay Elllery Queen?  I am currently reading Middlemarch by George Eliot for a discussion elsewhere, and it is a very long novel and I am finding it slow going, so I think it may well take me all month to read that.  Originally, I only had two short stories by Queen, but when I was helping my mother clear out some of my father's books, I found a paperback with two novels in it, so I don't think I will be able to read even a fraction of that by the last week of this month.  If others are already into their reading of Ellery Queen, that's ok; I will just come back and add to the thread later when I can.  If you can put it off, the best for me would be switching with Ira Levin or Doris Miles Disney, since I have nothing by either, and so won't have to worry if I don't get to anything this month.  Or even Mary Roberts Rhinehart, since I don't have anything by her, either.

 

I think I read some Mignon G. Eberhart in the past, but no longer have those books.  But as I was just checking my 'inventory' for this feature, I found that a book you sent me with a Rex Stout novel in it also has a novel by Eberhart!  Yay!  Maybe she (he?) could be added to the 2013 lineup?


That's actually a good idea, since I just found a box full of Ellery Queen books and all of you who qualify for Got Books are getting at least one in your packages. I'll try to mail those tomorrow, but no guarantees.

 

So who do you want for the end of the month? You guys pick.

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Re: American Mystery Classics

I'm getting a bunch of requests to change the schedule around. Since I just picked these off the top of my head, that's fine with me.

 

Stay tuned for the updated schedule!

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Good question. Are we supposed to pick from the list of American Authors you already have down, or someone who isn't on the list? How about someone like Carolyn Keene, the nom de plume of various writers of the Nancy Drew books? I note we don't have any YA authors, and most of us cut our teeth on books like the Nancy Drew series.

 

On a separate note, could we add Donis Casey and Betty Webb to our author discussion list? Looks like 1213 is fairly open for grabs at the moment.

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Sorry becke, I got a bit confused. I think the list you are working on is the American Classic mystery writers. And shoot, now I've gone blank. Well, if I think of someone who could fit in that list, I'll come back and post later.

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Fricka wrote:

Good question. Are we supposed to pick from the list of American Authors you already have down, or someone who isn't on the list? How about someone like Carolyn Keene, the nom de plume of various writers of the Nancy Drew books? I note we don't have any YA authors, and most of us cut our teeth on books like the Nancy Drew series.

 

On a separate note, could we add Donis Casey and Betty Webb to our author discussion list? Looks like 1213 is fairly open for grabs at the moment.


I like the idea of adding Carolyn Keene to our American Mystery Classics feature. 

 

I'll see if I can book Donis and Betty for later this year!

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I'd like to do Carolyn Keene, but not this month, since I wouldn't be able to read the three or four Nancy Drews I have.

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I just realized Mary Roberts Rinehart is coming up in the Fall, I'm so frickin excited.

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Ryan_G wrote:

I just realized Mary Roberts Rinehart is coming up in the Fall, I'm so frickin excited.


Ryan - I just added her to the schedule. There's a discussion about this over at the Got Books? thread. I'll bring it over here, if I can.

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Okay, I just brought over the discussion that started on the Got Books? thread. It shows up just before Ryan's comments.

 

We've had a request to postpone the Ellery Queen feature, so we're trying to decide who should be featured this month.

 

We could always skip a month if you'd like more time to read.

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I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Rinehart stays on the list, since I'm in love with her right now and have already read 14 of her books in the last year, which reminds me I still need to get reviews written for two of them.  And I still have more of hers to read.

 

I do like the idea of Ira Levin, though all I have are two of his plays.  And Carolyn Keene or Franklin W. Dixon would be fun.

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Ryan_G wrote:

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Rinehart stays on the list, since I'm in love with her right now and have already read 14 of her books in the last year, which reminds me I still need to get reviews written for two of them.  And I still have more of hers to read.

 

I do like the idea of Ira Levin, though all I have are two of his plays.  And Carolyn Keene or Franklin W. Dixon would be fun.


We can go ahead and start listing people for 2013, too.

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I noticed your message on the other thread, Becke, but I don't see any new suggestions on this thread, so I am still going to say that an author I don't have is best for me this month, as Middlemarch is still taking up all my time, so I am pretty sure I will not have time to read anything else.  I've been reading that novel for about two and a half weeks, and I'm only about two-thirds of the way through it!  It's a good thing I'm enjoying the story!  So the ones I don't have are Doris Miles Disney (never read anything by her) and Ira Levin (have read some of his horror, but do not currently own anything).  But if you do choose somebody I do have, I will just read it later and post next month or something, so that's fine.

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I noticed your message on the other thread, Becke, but I don't see any new suggestions on this thread, so I am still going to say that an author I don't have is best for me this month, as Middlemarch is still taking up all my time, so I am pretty sure I will not have time to read anything else.  I've been reading that novel for about two and a half weeks, and I'm only about two-thirds of the way through it!  It's a good thing I'm enjoying the story!  So the ones I don't have are Doris Miles Disney (never read anything by her) and Ira Levin (have read some of his horror, but do not currently own anything).  But if you do choose somebody I do have, I will just read it later and post next month or something, so that's fine.


Let's go with Doris Miles Disney. Her books are hard to find, but definitely worth reading. That way you all don't need to read her books first. I'm hoping someone will bring her books back into print - she was hugely popular in the Sixties.

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becke_davis wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:

I noticed your message on the other thread, Becke, but I don't see any new suggestions on this thread, so I am still going to say that an author I don't have is best for me this month, as Middlemarch is still taking up all my time, so I am pretty sure I will not have time to read anything else.  I've been reading that novel for about two and a half weeks, and I'm only about two-thirds of the way through it!  It's a good thing I'm enjoying the story!  So the ones I don't have are Doris Miles Disney (never read anything by her) and Ira Levin (have read some of his horror, but do not currently own anything).  But if you do choose somebody I do have, I will just read it later and post next month or something, so that's fine.


Let's go with Doris Miles Disney. Her books are hard to find, but definitely worth reading. That way you all don't need to read her books first. I'm hoping someone will bring her books back into print - she was hugely popular in the Sixties.


That's fine with me. I have one of her books from GOT BOOKS! Thanks Becke!

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eadieburke wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:

I noticed your message on the other thread, Becke, but I don't see any new suggestions on this thread, so I am still going to say that an author I don't have is best for me this month, as Middlemarch is still taking up all my time, so I am pretty sure I will not have time to read anything else.  I've been reading that novel for about two and a half weeks, and I'm only about two-thirds of the way through it!  It's a good thing I'm enjoying the story!  So the ones I don't have are Doris Miles Disney (never read anything by her) and Ira Levin (have read some of his horror, but do not currently own anything).  But if you do choose somebody I do have, I will just read it later and post next month or something, so that's fine.


Let's go with Doris Miles Disney. Her books are hard to find, but definitely worth reading. That way you all don't need to read her books first. I'm hoping someone will bring her books back into print - she was hugely popular in the Sixties.


That's fine with me. I have one of her books from GOT BOOKS! Thanks Becke!


If you ever find used copies, grab them! I've read all of her books - back in the day, mostly - but I liked them enough to save them all these years.

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becke_davis wrote:

eadieburke wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:

I noticed your message on the other thread, Becke, but I don't see any new suggestions on this thread, so I am still going to say that an author I don't have is best for me this month, as Middlemarch is still taking up all my time, so I am pretty sure I will not have time to read anything else.  I've been reading that novel for about two and a half weeks, and I'm only about two-thirds of the way through it!  It's a good thing I'm enjoying the story!  So the ones I don't have are Doris Miles Disney (never read anything by her) and Ira Levin (have read some of his horror, but do not currently own anything).  But if you do choose somebody I do have, I will just read it later and post next month or something, so that's fine.


Let's go with Doris Miles Disney. Her books are hard to find, but definitely worth reading. That way you all don't need to read her books first. I'm hoping someone will bring her books back into print - she was hugely popular in the Sixties.


That's fine with me. I have one of her books from GOT BOOKS! Thanks Becke!


If you ever find used copies, grab them! I've read all of her books - back in the day, mostly - but I liked them enough to save them all these years.


I just checked to see what books I have. I remember that you sent me one but I now have four: VOICE FROM THE GRAVE, THE NEXT OF KIN, THE MAGIC GRANDFATHER and BLACKMAIL. So I have found some at thrift stores. I have to admit that I never heard of her before you sent me one of her books. In fact, I thought you were sending me a book about Walt Disney written by one of his family members! LOL
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