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    July 24, 2013


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Thanks so much for taking the time to put this summing-up together. I love the variety you've got here. There really are a lot of different kinds of vintage mysteries, and your excellent reviews show that.

    Les Blatt

    If you take a look at some of the other books being reviewed as part of the challenge, Margot, you'll find people writing about all kinds of mysteries, from just about every sub-genre. Spy stories, psychological thrillers, noir, police procedurals - all have books that could easily fit into the category of "vintage." And Bev's "scattergories" are marvelous; I'd love to find entries in "Murder on the High Seas" or "The Butler Did It" or "Serial killers: books that were originally published in serial format." There's still a lot of reading to be done!


    Very interesting list. I will be checking out all of the links, altho I know I read some of them already. And some are authors that are new to me or that I don't know much about.

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Tracy. There's never a guarantee that everyone will like the books I enjoyed - but if you find a few books or authors on my list that sound intriguing, I do hope you'll try them.

    Nancy Turner

    I enjoy and am inspired by your web series Classic Mysteries. Because of you, I have recently purchased 2 used, recently published mysteries you reviewed or mentioned herein: Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan and The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott. Both are firsts in new cozy mysteries series. Kylie's book was enjoyable but light fare and I guessed the murderer as soon as she/he was introduced in the story. But I like the characters and setting -- I read it mainly for the setting, on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, off the coast of Sandusky,Ohio; as a girl 55+ years ago I'd spent a summer at a Catholic Camp on nearby Kelleys (no apostrophe) Island in the old Kelley Mansion and was familiar with the ferry system to these islands and what it's like to be on one of these islands. The second book, The Christie Curse, is my current reading, but the premise and characters grabbed me immediately: a young woman with a recent Master's in English literature is hired by a not-so-pleasant,recluse woman to live in a garret suite in her huge,decaying mansion to work on researching and finding, if it's real, an unpublished manuscript for a play supposedly written by Christie during her 11 days of mysterious disappearance after her husband asked her for a divorce. The first page of The Christie Curse grabbed my full interest. Anyway, thank you for this blog and for presenting more future reading choices for your readers! Your periodic mentioning of the Vintage Mysteries Reading Challenge also has spiked my interest as to potential future reading.

    Les Blatt

    I must admit I'm not familiar with the Kylie Logan book, Nancy, but I did enjoy "The Christie Curse." I do hope you'll find other enjoyable books among the ones I review. Thanks for the kind words!

    Bev@My Reader's Block

    Les: Congratulations on finishing the challenge (with 16, no less!). I've read over half of yours...and Murder at Cambridge is on the list to finish this year. I'm not going to peek at your review until I get that one done. With 16, you have qualified for the automatic prize--if you'd like to collect, just send me an email at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com.

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Bev - the email will be there shortly. I think you'll enjoy Murder at Cambridge, by the way! I'm going to keep posting some of the mysteries I'm reading to the challenge - it's been a lot of fun finding books that fit the categories (or bending the categories to fit the books!).

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