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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - You make a very well-taken point. There are several of those 'old masters' who wove ingenious stories using expert alibi construction and other 'puzzle' strategies. You're quite right that not everyone considers those authors 'worthy" (I've never much liked that term used that way) of serious study. The fact is though that some of their stories are brilliantly constructed. I'm glad you've reminded us of that.

    Les Blatt

    Exactly, Margot. Plotting seems essential to me in my own enjoyment of a mystery. Great scenes, great characters, sure. But the plot remains paramount. Plenty of readers prefer the kind of "nor" writing that seems (to me) to stress atmosphere above mystery. Fine, plenty of room for both - and, for the really talented writers, both can be achieved.

    Curt Evans

    Thanks for the kind words, Les! The printed book version is pricey, but the eBook is cheaper at least. It's currently stocked in 72 libraries in the United States and Canada, so there is some chance people could read that way too. I'm hoping it may make some English libraries, since it's about the British detective novel! There is discussion as well of Christie, Sayers and other writers more familiar to people--a lot of context, in other words.

    Les Blatt

    That's one of the things I enjoyed about your book, Curt. I'm working slowly and carefully (to avoid potential spoilers).

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