Category Archives: Books

History and Mystery – Some Spooky Unsolved Historical Mysteries

Here is something a little different for a Halloween History and Mystery. Even after all this time, people still ask, “Who was Jack the Ripper?” The true identity of this Victorian serial killer continues to elude us 130 years after … Continue reading

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Occult Detectives – Jules De Grandin and the Detectives of the Pulps

Occult detectives were extremely popular in the pulp magazines. One of the most popular was Jules de Grandin, a detective created by Seabury Quinn for Weird Tales. Assisted by Dr. Trowbridge (serving the same narrative purpose as Dr. Watson), de … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cat Tales for the Season

APOLOGIES and a scary October story. I had   major computer problems and a Saturday where so many things went wrong it was scary. Not to distract from this post, for the details see this week’s Friday Files. Now we are … Continue reading

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Occult Investigators – Carnacki the Ghost Finder

Years ago at a science fiction convention a kindly book dealer introduced me to William Hope Hodgson and Carnacki the Ghost Finder. I had picked up a copy of House on the Borderland for my collection and he suggested I … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Engineering for Cats and Project Management for Me

Last Saturday when I got home from the store there was one of those wonderful envelopes that signifies a book has arrived sitting on the porch. Brand new in every way, this book came out last month. Engineering for Cats. … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Inspector Maigret

I actually was late in discovery Inspector Maigret. After my grandmother died there was no one to keep up my French with. I even wound up taking a refresher course at Georgetown University to keep from losing it all. Then … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Inspector O

I was perusing the mystery section in the library while waiting for a tutoring student when I found Inspector O. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a North Korean policeman as the protagonist of a mystery. The author, James … Continue reading

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