RE: John Dickson Carr
- Thanks, I've made note of your suggestions! And you are so right about books
being friends, or not. I've always found that aspect of reading comforting.
Since I can't possibly read every book written, I'm glad to know I wouldn't want
to read them all. It also gives me faith that in an already very crowded world
of books, my books will find a few friends. : )
>HE WHO WHISPERS/ THE CROOKED HINGE / A GRAVEYARD TO LET / CASE OF THE CONSTANTWill keep you going for a while. I particularly enjoyed these titles, although
>SUICIDES / THE DEPARTMENT OF QUEER COMPLAINTS / CURSE OF THE BRONZE LAMP / TILL
>DEATH DO US PART
you might prefer some of the others. Reading a book is a bit like meeting
someone new. You could end up trying to dump them after only a few minutes, or
else you might end up with a friend for life!<
Bernadette of Josephine's Books
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- Derek Smith's unpublished novella was called "Model for Murder." Although "Whistle Up the Devil" gets a little hard to follow towards the end, I consider the first murder among the most brilliant in locked room history.
--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "Douglas G." <crippenlandru@...> wrote:
> > Derek Smith: He's on the top of my wish list, and didn't Smith write another a locked room mystery, something with Paddington Fair in the title, which is a difficult to find as a decent plot in a modern thriller? <
> Derek was for many years a close friend of mine and of Crippen & Landru. His first Algie Lawrence story,WHISTLE UP THE DEVIL, is a locked-room writers' locked-room story -- full of tricks, impossibilities and locked room lore. I asked Derek about details on one solution, and he sent me several pages to insert into my copy of the book.
> Because of the way Foyles in London had their own publishing imprints, the first edition of WHISTLE UP THE DEVIL is difficult to find, but the book-club edition is common.
> Derek wrote a second book, COME TO PADDINGTON FAIR, also featuring Algie, but he couldn't find a publisher. Late in his life, two Japanese fans published it in a limited edition of, IIRC, 100 copies. It is not a locked room mystery.
> Derek also told me that he wrote a Sexton Blake novella, but the publishers of that series weren't interested.
> Derek was kind, generous, and extremely knowledgeable. A good person.