After hearing Peter Wimsey say, in the TV adaptation of The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (he did not say it in the 1928 book), that in mystery novels the butler always did it, it struck me that I have never read a mystery novel where this was true. And I have read a lot of mystery novels. [more inside]
In my blog, I've been running analyses of the length of mystery novels and have found that the short mystery novel has waned as an art form, the fall-off seeming to begin in the 1980s. Does someone know why? [more inside]
Embarrassingly simple question-- has there been recently published a book about the history of the British (cozy?) mystery? [more inside]
My son is almost 10, and I'm trying to help him develop a love of reading. His requests were mysteries, fictional, and if they could feature anthropomorphic bugs, all the better. In my searching, I did come across Bug Muldoon, which he has devoured. I'd love to find more books that he might enjoy. He said that bugs weren't necessary, but he did very much enjoy them. He recently read all the Encyclopedia Brown novels, and I'm not sure where to go next for him. Are there other authors or series I should be looking at?
Solve This! I love mystery novels and have a hard time finding some that I like. What do you recommend? [more inside]