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    April 04, 2011


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    Word Lily

    This *does* sound like a series that deserves more attention!

    Les Blatt

    Agreed, Word Lily. Felony & Mayhem currently lists six of her books in their catalog. I hope they can and will publish more - they are all very much worth reading.


    Interesting... I'll have to check it out. Thanks for featuring it.

    Jen Forbus

    With Agatha Christie's Jane Marple doing so well in the tourney, I bet there are a lot of readers out there who would enjoy reading this Les!

    Thanks for highlighting Elizabeth Daly's Henry Gamadge this week. What a great addition to the theme week!

    Beth F

    I should add this one to my list. Can I start a new series? Oh why not.


    I love the Elizabeth Daly books. I still have a couple on my shelf that I need to read (I hate to get them all read and then not have any to look forward to...) and a few more that I need to find. What could be better than a mystery book that involves someone who is an expert on books?! Thanks for highlighting this one for the Challenge!


    Great choice - a mystery with a book-loving protagonist - definitely adding this author to my must try list

    J F Norris

    Purportedly Agatha Christie's favorite mystery writer, Elizabeth Daly is also one of mine. Mysteries about books! Hmm, I wonder why I like them so much. I have almost all the first editions (many with DJs). I'm missing only her first book (way too expensive) and the strangely rare Murders in Volume Two which I have in paperback and a newspaper version. (I should do a post on those newspaper mysteries. A Philadelphia paper put them out in the 1940s.) Thankfully, Felony & Mayhem has made nearly the Daly books available in handsome reprints.

    Her niece, Eleanor Boylan, later continued the series with five books about Clara Gamadge, Henry's wife in Daly's series but a widow in Boylan's series.

    Les Blatt

    Jen, Beth, Bev, Bernadette - Daly's a favorite of mine. Her plots are well-executed, and the twists and turns can really fool you.

    John - I'm jealous of the first editions! I have all of the novels in paperback, most of them much-thumbed and read. I think Felony & Mayhem have six in print; I'd love to see the others available as well. And thanks for the tip on Eleanor Boylan - I wasn't aware of those and I'll have to try to find some.

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