Tag: mysteries

“The Origins of American Noir”

At the Paris Review, Megan Abbott writes about Dorothy B. Hughes and American noir. “Reading Dorothy B. Hughes’s novel In a Lonely Place for the first time is like finding the long-lost final piece to an enormous puzzle. Within its Spanish bungalows, its eucalyptus-scented shadows, you feel as […]

Snooping Ladies Sensibly Solving Mysteries

We really should have had a mystery series featuring a sensible lesbian couple by now. Something like two Miss Marples sharing a sensible home and sensibly solving extremely–some might even say overly–complicated murders together. One wakes the other up when she turns on the nightstand lamp to do […]

By The Book: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares some of the books he likes at the New York Times. “I love detective fiction because the mystery element appeals to my puzzle-solving instincts while the plot of someone noble trying to set right an injustice appeals to my humanity. There are so many that […]

“Wilkie Collins’ The Haunted House”

BBC Radio 4 has an adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ “The Haunted House.”  “In 1860, the formidable Countess Narona marries a rich young aristocrat in London–but shortly after travelling to Venice her husband dies, apparently of natural causes, leaving the Countess a rich woman. Years later, guests in a […]

Archaeologists in Space

When I was a lad no older than ten, I was pretty sure I was going to become an archaeologist. This assumption regarding my future profession was based pretty much entirely on having just seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and figuring that the career would lend an […]