Need some book recommendations. Just finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula...and am getting through the Historian. In the past I have enjoyed The List of Seven, Club Dumas, The Alienist, Name of the Rose and so forth. So I guess I like the mystery-within-history sort of suspense/horror/thriller. The things I didn't get into were Dan Brown, Ian Pears, and anything having to do with Templars or Mary Magdalene. Can you recommend me your favorites? -- Thanks so much.
posted by snap_dragon
on Aug 15, 2009 -
Something strange is going on in the kitchen...What has done this to the label on top of my recycle bin? Went to the recycle bin under the sink. in the picture you can see the lid with the label on it. Is it a mouse, a rat....something else?
No human in the house has done this!
posted by razzman
on Aug 13, 2009 -
What kind of bird is making this annoying noise (mp3 file; alternate link here
) behind my Manhattan apartment building? And what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on Aug 7, 2009 -
BugFilter: Found a bug on my bed. Legs are in the wrong location on the body for it to be a bedbug, so what is it? Photo here
. [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview
on Aug 5, 2009 -
GardenFilter: We just harvested some potatoes and came across these potato-like knot things
. We found about five or six in a bed that hosted both potatoes and garlic, though they were found kinda far from the garlic and well under ground—at least four inches. What are they? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Aug 2, 2009 -
A boy buys an earring at an old junk shop, either he can't afford both or the guy sells it to him for a great price because there's no pair for it. Once he start wearing it though, trash becomes attracted to him. He ends up taking refuge (I think) in a phone booth and the trash falls away when he takes out the earring. My question, what show was this? [more inside]
posted by abitha!
on Jun 25, 2009 -
Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
posted by wrok
on Jun 17, 2009 -
What is this? My sister in law was in China and received it as a gift at a dinner. [more inside]
posted by bodgy
on Jun 6, 2009 -
Looking for a gardening tool & have no idea what it is: seedling waterer? bonsai tool? It's a metal rosette like you'd see attached to a watering can, maybe 3" across, with a pencil-sized metal pipe leading to a squeezy rubber bulb on the end. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com
on Jun 5, 2009 -
What is this crazy sci-fi looking device I bought at a salvage store? It has knobs, a compass, and a bizarre spinning top. [more inside]
posted by agropyron
on May 28, 2009 -
Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob
on May 22, 2009 -
I've just poured myself a Dark Horse Brewery
Tres Blueberry Stout. A slow, steady pour that left a modest head on top. And then a droplet or two skidded around over the foam like a water droplet on a hot frypan for maybe five seconds before disappearing.
Darndest thing I've ever seen. Beer geniuses, how did this happen? How can I make it happen again?
posted by ardgedee
on May 15, 2009 -
I'm rediscovering the mystery genre and am looking for a fantastic mystery story to read, specifically something older--I'm getting interested in what happened in the genre during and immediately after World War I, so I'm specifically interested in stories/books published before 1920
. Elements of international intrigue are a plus. Please, mystery lovers, help me out! Thank you in advance.
posted by sarabeth
on Apr 13, 2009 -
What city in Texas could be represented by the number 93711195? Or the string GECAAAABA? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk
on Apr 7, 2009 -
On the 21st of March I had a large increase of page views on my blog. The keyword was гомули which Babelfish translates from the Russian as gomuli. [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Mar 22, 2009 -
Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Phone mystery: "The number you have reached is temporarily disconnected" -- except it's not! [more inside]
posted by mothershock
on Mar 6, 2009 -
So I recently came to the end of correcting all the ID3 tags on my massive music collection. The last 14 or so took me more time than I'm willing to admit to track down information on. But I knew at the end which two would remain.
I've had these two songs in my collection for at least a decade now, and every time I've tried to find any information on the song titles, artist, or even lyrics, I've turned up nothing. I've tried all kinds of tricks I know for finding even the most obscure information on the internet, but still nothing. As a firm believer that anything which exists can be found on the internet, I find myself troubled that these songs, which clearly exist, apparently do not.
Help me out, and try to cure my madness? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent
on Mar 5, 2009 -
Nero Wolfe Filter: Give me your choices for best Nero Wolfe novels. I recently finished my first Wolfe mystery -- Some Buried Caesar
-- and of course I need more. Here's the thing: I refuse to let myself get obsessed. There is no way I am going to allow myself to plow through all 30-plus novels and god knows how many short stories. [more inside]
posted by dzot
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Help me figure out what book this person is reading based on the cover, a mostly obscured title, and guesstimate of letters in the author's last name. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic
on Feb 24, 2009 -
A mysterious gray film/residue is appearing on all of the plastic in my apartment. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by prefpara
on Feb 17, 2009 -
Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]
posted by spockette
on Feb 16, 2009 -
Can anyone identify this mysterious sea creature
? My sister saw four of them swimming at the surface in Boca Raton, FL. They were undulating like squids; when contracted they look like black slugs, when stretched they look like that fellow in the photo. An entire crowd formed to watch, as they were so very weird.
posted by miffed
on Jan 22, 2009 -
Where can I find out more about the investigation techniques used by private investigators? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jan 19, 2009 -
Who painted the actual paintings (nudes, mostly) credited to the character Adele Lack in the movie Synecdoche, New York?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom
on Jan 15, 2009 -
Tonight I was watching the Jonathan Creek episode
titled "Gallows Gate". A man appears to die when he jumps out of a second story window but is later seen murdering his ex-girl friend. I know that I read this story in a book (without the magician elements of Jonathan Creek) but I can't remember the book or the detective. Help me sleep tonight by identifying this book
posted by metahawk
on Jan 14, 2009 -
Anyone know this song
? Sorry, I only have that excerpt.) Sounds like a 1960s folk-pop tune. In case you don't feel like downloading it, the lyrics are along these lines: I gotta get the world off my back / Pretty soon I'm gonna crack / so I gotta get the world offa my back somehow ... I grew up and looked around me and I saw that the world was in a mess / thousands of hungry people, children starving in wars, injustice, and everybody kept picking on me ...
I had no luck searching with the lyrics online. Thanks for any help you can provide!
posted by ktoad
on Jan 8, 2009 -
My Husband and I previewed a CD on display at Ear X-tacy in Louisville this weekend, vowed to remember the name of the artist, then promptly forgot it! We're from out of town. Here's what we (possibly inaccurately) remember: "-landia" was in the CD title. The CD cover was grey / B&W with a graphic design on the front, the music was electronica / orchestral / melodic. I remember thinking the artist might be icelandic / scandinavian from a quick glance at the artist's name, etc.
posted by FortyT-wo
on Dec 29, 2008 -
Mystery Mailbox Key: I found a strange key in my mailbox, and another arrived at a friend's house nearby. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead
on Dec 17, 2008 -