I have loved mysteries as long as I can remember. I have loved history just about as long. Therefore mysteries set in various places and time periods are a double pleasure. enjoyment. So when I worked in a used bookstore saw this book I bought it straight away and used it to build my collection. I was fascinated to see one of the authors was Jaques Barzun, an eminent French American professor of history at Columbia University whose work I used quite often in my own university work. I found out through this volume he was also a fan of supernatural fiction. This is another of my favorite genres.
It is far from a perfect book, the errors and omissions have been commented on by many, including mystery writer Ross MacDonald. Still, I when I found my copy in a used bookshop I knew it was a valuable resource. This year has taken off like a runaway train and left me with far too little time for both writing and reading, although as a good friend once said, no experience is wasted on a writer. It will become future material. The history and mystery posts seem to be popular and I love to promote reading, so I wanted to do more with it. While I brake the runaway train I thought I could pull out “old familiar” and get some ideas and plan what that more would be.
I write these because I love the elements that go into the title. I have no idea what other people might have read I might like and no idea really what I know about that others might like me to share. I am flying without instruments in heavy cloud. I have some ideas about how I might navigate to some new posts through the Catalog but I am very curious. There must be people out there reading. What do they read? Maybe they only read when there is a long term power failure and no TV or internet. Do they like mysteries? Maybe they read nonfiction only. So I am trying something new, a little survey. When I get the curiousity itch I have to try and scratch it. I would really love to see some response.
In the meantime I have my trusty Catalog and I’m scanning it for inspiration.