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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - It's interesting to me that you'd mention how much better Taylor's books got over time. I agree with you completely. But as you say, even the early books are sprinkled with solid wit and good mysteries. I'm very glad you've profiled this one - a nice reminder of a good series.

    Les Blatt

    I think the mystery aspect of the books was a little more solid in the earlier books, Margot, but Asey really developed as a character and acquired a stable of regulars - his cousin Jenny, her husband Syl, Doc Cummings, etc. - who really kept the later books moving along. I really do enjoy the series.

    Joan Kyler

    I love this series. The characters are great and Taylor captures the Cape during a time when it was a truly rural place to go to relax. Getting on and off the Cape these days is enough to cause a nervous breakdown! I had a lot of the Asey Mayo books that I bought in paperback from the discount tables at Barnes & Noble in Boston, but I got rid of them during a cleaning binge. I regret that and plan to replace them. This will be the first.

    Les Blatt

    Joan, you are so right about the traffic jams on/off the Cape! I think most of the Asey Mayo books are back in print and also in ebook format these days. You might also want to try Taylor's other series, featuring Leonidas Witherall, which are really mysteries loaded with slapstick comedy and farce. Fun reads!

    Joan Kyler

    I think I've read all the Leonidas Witherall books. I agree, they're fun and funny. I've probably mentioned it before because I wear my heart on my sleeve, but, as a transplanted New Englander, I love books that take place in New England, especially Boston.

    This is off the mystery track, but have you read any of Van Reid's Moosepath League books? They take place in late 1800's Maine and are such old-fashioned good stories. Adventure, humor, great characters, what's not to love? Some of them even have mysteries of sorts. I think he's a great writer and deserves much more exposure.

    Les Blatt

    I must admit I'm not familiar with him, Joan. I'll have to add something of his to the TBR pile (which sways ominously in the background...). Thanks! Speaking of transplanted Bostonians, have you read the first Charlie Chan novel, "House Without a Key," by Earl Derr Biggers? Though set in Honolulu, many of the major characters are transplanted Bostonians, a fact that is central to the story line. Another fun read.

    Joan Kyler

    I only recently read House Without a Key, after reading one of your blogs about the Charlie Chan books. I've been a fan of the movies for a long time but hadn't read any of the novels. On your recommendation, I found all six (?) of them and have really enjoyed the ones I've read so far. They're much better written than I had anticipated.

    Les Blatt

    They are really well written, Joan, and they make Charlie a much more sympathetic character than I find him in the movies. Yes, there are six; I'm due to read some more...

    Atul S. Khot

    Dear Les,
    I do have the book - as well as "Going, Going, Gone"...
    Right now am reading "The Ware Case" by G. Pleydell Bancroft - This one is lip smacking delicious... ;-)
    "The Cape Code mystery" will be my next ;-)

    --- cheerio atul

    Les Blatt

    Atul, as I remember, "Going, Going, Gone" was another one of the later books with a lot of humor, not to mention bodies turning up in unusual places. I must admit I don't know "The Ware Case"...another one to add to my "To Be Read" pile, which continues to grow faster than I can accommodate it...thanks!

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