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History and Mystery – Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky. He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Tis the Season for a Good Mystery

The tree is up and decorated, the presents are bought and wrapped, the baking is done. Sit back in the comfortable chair, with the cat purring on your lap or the dog curled at your feet and your favorite hot … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Inspector Montalbano

I originally found the commisario through television. When I was an estate manager, the owner had a very good cable package which included the MHz network, a Washington D.C. based independent station which was all international programming. I could watch … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Commissario Brunetti

The Commissario Brunetti novels of Donna Leon take place in Venice Italy. Although Leon now resides in a small village in Switzerland and also has a home in Zurich, she lived there for over 30 years, She was a lecturer … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Marshall Guarnaccia

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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Movies for October – A Touch of Gothic

Gothic fiction is well known for emphasis on mood and setting. This made it a natural for translation into film. Gothic fiction is in fact largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with … 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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