Archive for September, 2006

Stout, Rex: (31) Champagne for One

In Rex Stout’s Champagne for One, Archie Goodwin attends a party and is warned that one of the attendees is carrying poison and might kill herself. The woman dies shortly after, and though Archie couldn’t prevent it, he can swear that he was watching her and she did not put the poison in her own […]

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O’Brian, Patrick: (09) Treason’s Harbor (audio)

Patrick O’Brian’s Treason’s Harbor, the ninth book of the twenty-book Aubrey-Maturin series, appears to occupy a slightly complicated place in the development of the series. On one hand, I suspect it of being a duology with the prior book, The Ionian Mission, as it also concerns a political mission from the Mediterranean command—and it doesn’t […]

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Christie, Agatha: Murder in Mesopotamia (radio play)

Agatha Christie’s Murder in Mesopotamia is a Hercule Poirot mystery with a non-Poirot first-person narrator, Amy Leatheran, a nurse engaged to keep a nervous archaeologist’s wife company. Her patient has been receiving threatening letters signed with her dead first husband’s name, and when she turns up dead, suspicion falls on the other members of the […]

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Ford, John M.: From the End of the Twentieth Century

John M. Ford’s From the End of the Twentieth Century is a 1997 anthology from NESFA Press; it overlaps only slightly with the recent Tor anthology Heat of Fusion (having in common “Preflash” and “The Lost Dialogue”). Ford died this week (many links and tributes at Making Light), and I’m writing this from memory, to […]

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