These two New England fishing buddies, who included fishing adventures in both their long-running mystery series, eventually wrote three books together (which also often focused on fishing). Who were the authors and who were their detectives?
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Congratulations to Dawn Hamilton of Yarmouth, who identified the late
(1920-2010) as the British writer who, having left school at 15 because all he wanted to do was ride horses, turned his experience as a steeplechase jockey into a career authoring some 40 international bestsellers.
We received a record number of correct responses to last month's question. Coincidently, we have a large number of
novels, written between 1962 and 2010. If you've never read
-or it's been a long time since you visited his horseracing world--he's well worth the read.
Each month we note birthdays of some of the masters of the mystery genre, with hopes that readers might read (or re-read) one of their gems.
James M. Cain
, born July 1, 1892, is often compared to
. His most famous books, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce,
were turned into movies that may be more well known than the books.
, who died in 1977, was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1970.
Donald E. Westlake
time Edgar winner and 1993 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, wrote more than 100 novels, many of which were turned into movies. His most famous mysteries were his Dortmunder comic crime series and the grimmer Parker series (as
). Born in Brooklyn on July 12, 1933, he spent most of his life in New York City. He died in 2008.
rothy L. Sayers
July 13, 1893, in Oxford, England, was the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey (and later, Harriet Vane). Considered one of the three greatest British classic writers--along with
herself valued more her translations and Christian essays. She died in 1957.
, the creator of Perry Mason, was born July 17, 1889, in Malden, Massachusetts. Some of his 82 Mason titles (The Case of the ...
) were among the century's best-selling books. He died in 1970.
, born July 23, 1888, in Chicago, and one of the founders of the hard-boiled detective school, was also a noted screenwriter and was nominated for an Oscar for both Double Indemnity
The Blue Dahlia. He died in 1959.
John D. MacDonald
July 24, 1916, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and is to be
remembered for his detective/thief Travis McGee. A Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, he died in 1986.
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We've heard July called the "sweet spot" of summer in Maine. That's the reason so many tourists flock here. They look, as we do, for those warm days of sunlight with light sea breezes and the cool nights.
July (and its sister August) bring our summertime
"regulars," people who make it a point to visit Maine (and Mainely Murders) the same time each year. Some remind us that they've been coming since our "beginning" while others tell us how many years they've been coming or explain why they missed last year.
Finn, a French bulldog from New York City, laid claim to his favorite books while his "people,"
Macon Andaya and
Matt Sniegoski, shopped inside. He gave the dog mysteries a paws-up review.
Getting to really know our customers has been a revelation to us. We're not just talking about their taste in books but also their travels, families, and friends they've brought. Truthfully, we hadn't realized how very personal book selling would become.
Of course, just as many of you say you envy our winter travels, so too do we envy your river cruises, garden tours, and long sea voyages.
We look forward to seeing you soon and exchanging new memories.
Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue
We're celebrating the Fourth of July--Yes, we'll be
open!--with a firecracker of a sale, our biggest-ever selection of American best-selling authors.
Visit us and check out the sale cabinet, where you'll find the most celebrated of American crime writers--J
Robert B. Parker
Hardbacks in excellent condition, many first editions, are priced at $3 each or $10 for four. You'll never see selection or price like this again.
Our new-this-year mascots, Nick and Nora, have adjusted well to their new surroundings and have been making themselves quite at home. Though perhaps not quite the ardent readers we are, they have, however, selected a favorite or two.
Signed, first editions have long been held in high esteem by book lovers. Many of us have our own, if limited, collections. For example we like having a signed
and other authors we've met.
While from the beginning our inventory has been focused on readers, not collectors, we occasionally, as was the case recently, come upon discoveries we like to pass along to our customers.
These are signed, mylar-covered first edition runs of some of our customers' favorite authors like
, and others.
Prices vary and supply is limited.
Let us know if you're interested.
, Shamed [Kate Burkholder #11]
, Labyrinth [FBI #23]
, A Capitol Death [Flavia Albia #7]
, Under the Cold Bright Lights [NS]
, The Sentence Is Death [Horowitz & Hawthorne #2]
, Game of Snipers [Bob Lee Swagger #12]
, Lady in the Lake [NS]
, Killing with Confetti
[Peter Diamond #18]
, The Chain [NS]
t, Bark of Night [Andy Carpenter #19]
Old and New Books
We know Mainely Murders customers think of us as their No. 1 source for used mysteries. And, of course, we sell new releases, too, regularly stocking the latest book by our best-selling authors.
Remember, though, we can provide you with any new book, often on the day of release (truthfully the next day as new books come out on Tuesdays in the U.S. and Britain). Call or e-mail us to pre-order. As a small, independent bookseller, we're most appreciative of those people who choose to purchase from us.
Marilyn Brooks of Needham, Massachusetts, isn't just our favorite mystery blogger (
), she's also a masterful course leader at the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) at Brandeis University.
Marilyn's course scheduled for fall--Whodunit?: Murder She Wrote--has us reminiscing about one of our favorite topics: female crime writers.
Many mystery readers and critics give credit to
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Allan Poe
as the "fathers" of the detective story--but what about its "mother"? That would be
Anna Katharine Green
, whose first detective novel,
The Leavenworth Case
, was published in 1878, eleven years before Sherlock Holmes made his debut.
The authors I've selected for this class--
(Murder at the Vicarage),
(Edwin of the Iron Shoes),
(A is for Alibi),
(The Trouble of Fools)
(Baltimore Blues), and
(The Last Place You Look)--all write of a female investigator.
The novels will take us to England, California, Chicago, Baltimore, New York City, and Boston. We will be reading the mysteries in the order they were written in order to get a sense of the development of female sleuths. We will share our viewpoints and hopefully introduce others to new authors and ideas. We will act, in a way, as sleuths, examining the clues as to what makes a mystery worth reading and, as we all gather together in the "library," perhaps come to a solution that satisfies us all.
Want to follow along with Marilyn and her class by reading the selected titles? We'll do our very best to have all the books in stock. And, we're always happy to ship to you.