Monday, March 28, 2022

Covers by Tom Adams of Raymond Chandler.

Bookmaven on tumblr features 1970s covers by artist Tom Adams of various works by Raymond Chandler. Adams (1926–2019) was also known for his covers of Agatha Christie titles.

A 2016 collection of Tom Adams covers

Cover by Tom Adams of
Chandler's Pickup on Noon Street

Monday, March 21, 2022

Coming soon: Golden Age mystery map.

Coming in April is This Deadly Isle: A Golden Age Mystery Map, created by author Martin Edwards, which provides a map and guide to more than 50 locations from Golden Age mysteries. Authors covered include Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Anthony Berkeley Cox, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, and others.

The Golden Age map joins Agatha Christie's England by Shedunnit's Caroline Crampton, and The Hardboiled Apple by Jon Hammer and Karen McBurnie, with art by Andy Gregg.

Monday, March 14, 2022

New film score releases.

In film score news: Silva Screen Records reports that the John Barry-composed score of the spy film The Tamarind Seed will be out in April—something of a triumph, as apparently the master tapes were not complete. The 1974 film, directed by Blake Edwards, stars Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif, and is based on the novel by Evelyn Anthony.

Also out, according to Film Score Daily: the Maurice Jarre-composed score to the spoof Top Secret!.

Monday, March 07, 2022

The career of Len Deighton.

Spyscape looks at the career of spy novelist Len Deighton, including his early work as a bookjacket designer, his intriguing forays into cooking and cookbooks, and the decision to put Michael Caine in glasses for The Ipcress File. Deighton fans no doubt recall a character from Spy Story named Ferdy Foxwell, which came as a surprise to my family.