Category: Mystery

Another one of those days

By , March 18, 2008 9:45 pm

Had plans to do things today. Didn’t. Another of the feel lousy all over and have a splitting headache on top of it kind of days. Guess I will try again tomorrow, but that depends on how bad the storms are when they get to us. At least they’re saying it will be daylight when they get here this time. Hate the night storms much worse than the daytime ones even though both will kill you just as quick. Guess I figure if I can see it coming I’ve got a better chance.

Been rereading some of Lawrence Block’s short storys today. Just finished Like A Lamb To Slaughter and am fixing to start on Sometimes They Bite, and then moving on to Some Days You Get the Bear.
Wonderful stuff!

Tis later than I planned to be up so am gonna close this for now. Till tomorrow…

Books by Lawrence Block

By , March 6, 2008 10:43 am

This list of books (below the fold) by Lawrence Block is taken from his Wikipedia page, doesn’t list all of his short story collections (of which I have 3), but seems to be up to date on the series that he writes. At present it looks like we have 37 of these, though I would have sworn that we had more of the Scudder novels. Got to get into the front of the Q-hut and see what has gotten shuffled in there that shouldn’t have.

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The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun

By , March 5, 2008 10:46 pm

At present there are 30 titles in the series along with several books of short stories. At present it looks like we have 26 of the books and a couple of the collections. Just finishing up the last one we have – #27 now. Gives me something to look for… πŸ˜‰

1. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)
2. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
3. The Cat Who Turned on and Off (1968)
4. The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)
5. The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)
6. The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988)
7. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
8. The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
9. The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
10. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
11. The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
12. The Cat Who Knew A Cardinal (1991)
13. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain (1992)
14. The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
15. The Cat Who Went Into the Closet (1993)
16. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
17. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995)
18. The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996)
19. The Cat Who Tailed A Thief (1997)
20. The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1998)
The Cat Who Put Four in a Box (1999)
21. The Cat Who Saw Stars (1999)
22. The Cat Who Robbed A Bank (2000)
23. The Cat Who Smelled A Rat (2001)
24. The Cat Who Went Up The Creek (2002)
Quilleran’s Short and Tall Tales (2002)
25. The Cat Who Brought Down The House (2003)
The Private Life of the Cat Who…: Tales of Koko and Yum Yum from the Journals of James MacKintosh Qwilleran (2003)
26. The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
27. The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004)
28. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
Two Cats, Three Tales (omnibus) (2006)
29. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)
30. The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (2008)

Books by Agatha Christie

By , March 5, 2008 6:19 pm

Below the fold/more link, there is a list of 88 mysteries by Agatha Christie, some with several different titles, and I am sure that there are some missing. Of these, on the living room shelves we have 66 of them (and many more in the front of the Q-hut), with several different printings/editions of some.

Gonna have to look into setting up a database for this stuff rather than the way I am doing it right now. Maybe one of these days… πŸ™„

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The Crime-Haters by John Creasey writing as Gordon Ashe

By , January 22, 2008 1:43 pm

Published by Doubleday and Co. Copyright date is 1960.

Several men sat around a table in The Hague. Hand-picked and carefully screened by their respective governments, they were about to embark on war against international crime. These men were The Crime-Haters.

Patrick Dawlish, England’s representative, brought the Crime-Haters their first dangerous assignment: to find who had planted the bomb which exploded seconds before his plane left London. There were several questions to be answered — had Dawlish been the object of the attack? This was to be the first battle in their new war.

The opening move was clear — locate the woman whose tip-off phone call had saved so many lives but might have endangered her own.

Scene: London and Amsterdam

Not a bad read though slow and somewhat stilted at times. Creasey seems to take on a totally different writing personality when writing as Gordon Ashe or any of his other aliases.

Just went to and looked up John Creasey. Discovered that he wrote under
27 different names and wrote over 600 books. The following list of names he wrote under is taken from and is as complete a listing as I have seen anywhere.

Author # of Titles
Anthony Morton 64
Brian Hope 1
Chars Hogarth 1
Colin Hughes 1
Credo 1
Elise Fecamps 3
Gordon Ashe 59
Henry St John Cooper 6
James Marsden 1
Jeremy York 22
Jimmy Wilde 1
JJ Marric 23
John Creasey 276
Ken Ranger 2
Kyle Hunt 4
Margaret Cooke 14
ME Cooke 20
Michael Halliday 59
Norman Deane 23
Patrick Gill 7
Peter Manton 13
Richard Martin 3
Robert Caine Frazer 10
Rodney Mattheson 2
Tex Riley 15
William K Reilly 13
William Vivian Butler 5

Now to dig through our collection and see how many of his books we actually have. I know that I have several of the JJ Marric Gideon books that will have to be refiled. Will be interesting to see just how many of the others we have…

Agatha Christie

By , January 22, 2008 1:41 pm

Below the fold is a list, in chronological order, of the 66 mystery novels written by Agatha Christie. American titles are in parentheses. Titles of reprinted versions or titles with only small changes (such as changes in spelling) are not noted.

She also wrote approximately 150 short stories and 16 plays, a series of romantic novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott and five books of autobiography and poetry, none of which are listed here.

This information is from the BBC page at

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