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    February 10, 2014


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - One thing I like about this series is the dry wit in it. Of course the puzzles are generally well- written too, but I also like Palmer's ability to 'step back' and look at then- contemporary society. Or perhaps I'm the only one who thinks that.

    Les Blatt

    I agree, Margot. I think Palmer had a very dry sense of humor, and I like the way it reveals itself in his writing.

    Bev Hankins

    This was the second of Palmer's books that I read and since it was pre-blogging days I don't have any notes on it. It didn't make as big an impression on me as The Green Ace--which was my first introduction to Miss Withers. I have very fond memories of that one...which reminds me that I still need to find a copy and own it. :-)

    I, too, enjoy the wit of this series and love Palmer's sense of humor.

    Les Blatt

    I must admit I haven't read "The Green Ace" yet. I see that it's one of the Palmers which Mysterious Press/Open Road Media have released as e-books, so I'll have to add it to my TBR pile. At least it's an electronic TBR pile, so there's less danger of being buried under a mound of books...


    There is a box set of 6 of the 1930s Hildegarde Withers movies available from the Warner Archive folks. They sell it directly from their website, but it is available at much better prices elsewhere.

    I never got past the Edna May Oliver films. She was so good in the part, other actresses didn't measure up.

    Les Blatt

    In fact, she was one of Palmer's inspirations when he created Hildy's character - he saw Oliver on stage (in "Showboat," I think) and modeled his character after her. Good to know about the movies - thanks!

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