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A 1001 Midnights Review: MIGNON G. EBERHART – The Patient in Cabin C.
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by Steve
15h ago
A 1001 MIDNIGHTS Review by Marcia Muller     MIGNON G. EBERHART – The Patient in Cabin C. Random House, hardcover, 1983. Warner Books, paperback, 1985.    This recent Eberhart novel is typical fare. Sewall (“Sue”) Gates, a young upper-class lady whom financial reverses have forced into nurse’s training, is plucky, determined, and genuinely likes being a nurse; but now she is offered the opportunity to gain financial security for herself and her harmlessly alcoholic aunt Addie by marrying wealthy Monty Montgomery.    Monty. an entrepreneur who descr ..read more
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A TV PI Mystery Review: MANNIX “Skid Marks on a Dry Run” (1967).
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by Steve
2d ago
MANNIX. “Skid Marks on a Dry Run.” CBS/Desilu Productions. 23 September 1967 (Season 1, Episode 2). Mike Connors (Joe Mannix), Joseph Campanella. Guest Cast: Charles Drake, Marian Moses, Wende Wagner, Vincent Gardenia, Vic Perrin, Herbie Faye. Written & directed by John Meredyth Lucas. Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.    I don’t think this happens often, but here we are only two episodes into the first season, and this one’s a dud. Or at least I think so. Let me tell you about it.    It begins promisingly enough. A client comes to Intertect (the co ..read more
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Reviewed by Tony Baer: JAMES GUNN – Deadlier Than the Male.
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by Steve
4d ago
Reviewed by TONY BAER:     JAMES GUNN – Deadlier Than the Male. Duell Sloan and Pearce, hardcover. 1942. Signet #709, paperback, 1949. Film adaptation: Born to Kill (RKO Radio Pictures, 1947, with Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak).    Legend has it that there was a time where men were men and women were women. James Gunn is here to tell you that that time, if it ever existed, wasn’t in 1942. Sam Wild is a man. A wild man, a man’s man, a ladies man. He’s redheaded, rough and tough and he smells like sweat.    Mrs. Krantz runs a boardin ..read more
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Diary Review: BRANT HOUSE – Servants of the Skull.
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by Steve
5d ago
BRANT HOUSE – Servants of the Skull. Secret Agent X #2. Corinth CR126, paperback, 1966. Cover art by Robert Bonfil. First appeared in Secret Agent X, November 1934. [Brant House was a house name used by several writers; in this case the author was Emile C. Tepperman.]    The Skull’s plan is to kidnap ten heavily insured businessmen, then force [their] life insurance companies to pay for their release, rather than have them viciously murdered, X manages to take the place of a notorious safe-cracker and enter he Skull’s secret underground hideaway, but the capture of Betty Dale fo ..read more
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An Archived PI Mystery Review by Barry Gardner: JOE GORES – Contract Null and Void.
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by Steve
5d ago
REVIEWED BY BARRY GARDNER:     JOE GORES – Contract Null and Void. DKA #5, Mysterious Press, hardcover, 1996; paperback, 1997.    I was more than a little disappointing in the last DKA book, 32 Cadillacs.  It was the first in the series in a number of years, and I was really looking forward to it — but it turned out to be a pure caper novel rather than the PI procedural I was expecting, and which earlier DKA books had been. So I started this one a bit apprehensively; not that the last one was bad, but it sure wasn’t what I wanted and expected from a DKA nove ..read more
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From Page to Screen. by Mike Tooney: DAMON RUNYON “The Lemon Drop Kid” // Films (1934/1951).
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by Steve
1w ago
From Page to Screen. by Mike Tooney: DAMON RUNYON “The Lemon Drop Kid.”     DAMON RUNYON “The Lemon Drop Kid.” Short story. First appearance: Collier’s, 03 February 1934.    Damon Runyon (1880-1946) used to be a household name. He was famous for two reasons: his reportage, often covering some of the most sensational stories of the first half of the 20th century, and his fiction, featuring thinly disguised real people in occasionally outlandish situations, written in a narrative style uniquely his own.    Nowadays Runyon’s reputation rests almost en ..read more
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Movie Review: ROLE PLAY (2024).
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by Steve
1w ago
ROLE PLAY. Amazon MGM Studios via Prime Video; 12 January 2024. Kaley Cuoco (Emma Brackett), David Oyelowo (Dave Brackett), Bill Nighy, Connie Nielsen. Directed by Thomas Vincent, written by Seth Owen.    The Bracketts, Emma and David, are an ordinary mixed-race couple, with a couple of kids, but with a difference. He’s an ordinary husband, but she (Kelly Cuoco, previously of The Big Bang Theory) has a secret. She travels a lot, but she is not taking ordinary (boring) business trips, which is what she tells her husband. No, how she adds to the family’s mortgage account is by be ..read more
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A Quartet of Christie Expansions Part 3: “Dead Man’s Mirror” by Matthew R. Bradley
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by Steve
2w ago
The Amazing Colossal Belgian: A Quartet of Christie Expansions Part 3: “Dead Man’s Mirror” by Matthew R. Bradley        Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot story “The Second Gong” (Ladies Home Journal, June 1932; The Strand Magazine, July 1932) was collected in The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948). It was expanded considerably as “Dead Man’s Mirror,” which debuted in Murder in the Mews and Other Stories (1937) with three other novellas; Mews was published in the U.S. as Dead Man’s Mirror, initially minus “The Incredible Theft,” restored in 1987 ..read more
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Diary Review: THE SAINT MAGAZINE July 1967.
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by Steve
2w ago
THE SAINT MAGAZINE. July 1967. Editor: Hans Stefan Santesson. Overall rating: *** FLEMING LEE “The Gadget Lovers.” Simon Templar. Complete novel (73 pages), adapted from a teleplay by John Kruse. Russian spies are being murdered by exploding equipment, and naturally enough the Western allies are suspected. The Saint is sent to stop the assassination of a Colonel Smolenko, who turns out to be a woman. It is her ideas to play the part of his secretary, as he becomes the target. The trail leads to Switzerland and to a monastery taken over by the Chinese. The handicaps of TV restrictions, and the ..read more
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