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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Interesting Bookish Articles

The Best Recent Crime Novels--review roundup  The only one I've read is The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths, which kept me uncertain the entire time.  I didn't  know whodunnit until the end.  Suspense and great literary allusions and an eerie Gothic vibe throughout.  

9 Ways of Looking at Sherlock.
    Beyond helping us feel better about our own status as outsiders, Sherlock is also a figure that brings the whole mystery community together. Conan Doyle’s work has been appreciated by generations of crime and mystery fans, in a variety of ways specific to those generations and universal to fans through time. We decided, as the year draws to a close, to gather a variety of these interpretations of Sherlock together, to showcase the vast breadth of Sherlockian fandom. 

As a fan of any good Sherlock pastiche and of several of the authors of the various essays, I'm all over these.    :)

 Adding to the Espionage Canon.  Recommended fiction and nonfiction for the espionage genre.  I read and enjoyed Leo Marks' Between Silk and Cyanide:  A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945  several years ago and recently saw a reference to Marks in a biography of the SOE agent Odette Sansom.  Leo Marks' father owned 84 Charing Cross Road, the bookshop made famous by Helene Hanff.  


  1. I've not read any of the crime novels and frankly they all sound good!

    I enjoyed the article about Sherlock Holmes. His staying power as character that generates pastiche and homage books, movies and TV shows is truly astounding.

    1. :) Amazing how many authors give him credit and how many enjoy creating new versions of his character and developing plots for the Holmes/Watson duo. I really enjoy Sherry Thomas' female Holmes and Watson series.

  2. Now you've me curious about The Stranger Diaries. Will have to check it out. :)

    1. I think you'll like it! Some interesting characters and a spooky atmosphere!