|Miklos Rozsa conducts his suite|
from Ben Hur, 1979 (PBS)
Monday, March 31, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Cultural Compass of UT-Austin's Harry Ransom Center, Julie M. Rivett (granddaughter of Dashiell Hammett) describes her work in the center archives with Richard Layman to prepare the raw material for The Hunter and Other Stories—a new collection of Hammett short stories that includes previously unpublished works.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
August 1952 episode of the Edward R. Murrow program This I Believe, sci-fi author Robert Heinlein spoke about his faith in the goodness of his neighbors and others. Said Heinlein, "Our headlines are splashed with crime. Yet for every criminal, there are ten thousand honest, decent, kindly men. . . . Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime."
Monday, March 24, 2014
Murder in the Telephone Exchange (1948) by Australian mystery writer June Wright (1919–2012) features a sleuthing telephone operator pursuing the murderer of a nosy colleague (Kirkus review here). It is slated to be reissued by Portland publisher Verse Chorus in April (in Australia) and June (other countries). This will be followed later in the year by a previously unpublished Wright mystery, Duck Season Death. Verse Chorus plans other Wright reissues.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|Bellevue Hospital, 1878. NYPL|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Today would have been the 99th birthday of Richard Condon, who was born in 1915 and died in 1996. He is probably best known for the chilling The Manchurian Candidate (1959) and Prizzi's Honor (1982). His debut novel was The Oldest Confession (1958), which became the film The Happy Thieves. Rex Harrison and Rita Hayworth star as a pair of art thieves plying their trade in Madrid; apparently Hayworth thought little of the film.
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Next Chapter is focusing on mysteries this month, including quizzes and recommended reading lists (the latter featuring writers such as Gail Bowen).
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|Edmund Crispin's Holy Disorders|
(1945), one entry in the
Detecting the Past database
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Metta Fuller Victor's
The Dead Letter (1864)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
|Patrick Allen as Col. Sebastian|
Moran in "The Empty House"
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
As the title indicates, there are three segments to Three Cases of Murder. "In the Picture" (from a story by Scottish writer Roderick Wilkinson) features a painting with supernatural elements. "You Killed Elizabeth" (from a 1951 story by Davis Dresser, aka Brett Halliday) involves two friends competing over a woman, who is subsequently killed. Orson Welles directs (and is the title character) "Lord Mountdrago" (from a story by Somerset Maugham), in which the tormented Welles grapples with the effects of his cruelty on a politician colleague.