Sunday, March 26, 2017

11 Collectible Facts About Hot Wheels

11 Collectible Facts About Hot Wheels

Song of the Day

Ray Stevens- "Everything is Beautiful" - YouTube:

14 Notorious Female Gangsters in History You Wouldn't Want To Mess With

14 Notorious Female Gangsters in History You Wouldn't Want To Mess With

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10 Mysterious Ancient Buildings

Listverse: When people in the ancient world found gigantic ruins, they often described them as Cyclopean—as if only mythical Cyclops could have built such things. We tend not to go in for such legendary explanations today, but plenty of mysterious buildings from the past are still provoking debate. We may not know who built them, or even why.

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Lee Roberts (Robert Martin), Little Sister, Phantom Books (Australia), 1954

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Who Was the Best Huckleberry?: One Doc Holliday actor stands above the rest.

Tabloid roundup

Tabloid roundup: Obama's real birth certificate, a spy in the White House, murder charges for an aging star, and more!

An interview with Paul Bishop

Men's Adventure Magazines: An interview with Paul Bishop: veteran detective, writer, editor and action/adventure maven…

Saturday, March 25, 2017

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Police called to South Euclid Taco Bell due to dispute over 'Fire' or 'Mild' sauce  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

He Should Have Used a Gub

Man wearing leopard print robe and Crocs used a hairbrush to rob McDonald’s 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

UT establishes the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting | Arts & Culture: Two worthy sports writers will be selected this year as the inaugural winners of the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. The fact that the award named after the legendary Fort Worth sports writer known for bleeding TCU purple is based at the University of Texas doesn’t make it Dead Solid Perfect, but maybe that’s Life Its Ownself.  

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Welcome to Houston, the Armored Car Robbery Capital of the World  

Hat tip to Deb.

I Want to Believe!

Idaho woman blames Bigfoot for crashing MOSCOW, Idaho - An Idaho woman claimed her Wednesday crash into a deer on Highway 95 caused by Bigfoot.

Books for Sale: Marv Lachman

Mystery Fanfare: Books for Sale: Marv Lachman: Mystery Readers Journal columnist Marv Lachman is selling many of the books (about 5,000) from his 60 years of mystery collecting. This includes Hardcovers, Paperbacks (many of which are paperback originals), Sherlockiana, Short Story Anthologies, Reference works, and Biographies. If interested, please get in touch with Marv at the following e-mail address (copy and omit spaces)

Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

Atlas Obscura: The macabre collection of Jacques Sirgent, an expert scholar on the undead and all of their trappings.

Song of the Day

Grateful Dead - Truckin' - YouTube:

10 Mysterious Hidden Texts

10 Mysterious Hidden Texts

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I Miss the Old Days

Smoking Banana Peels Is the Greatest Drug Hoax of All Time: They called it mellow yellow.

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Joe Barry, The Triple Cross, Phantom Books (Australia), 1954

16 Incredible Pictures That Show Just How Much NYC Has Changed

16 Incredible Pictures That Show Just How Much NYC Has Changed

Fran Lebowitz: By the Book

Fran Lebowitz: By the Book: I’ve read all the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. He wrote many of them, but not enough for Fran.

Lola Albright, R. I. P.

Hollywood Reporter: Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

10 Essential Supernatural Mysteries

Friday, March 24, 2017

Another Cool Interview with Me

PAUL BISHOP ~ WRITER: ALLIGATOR MAN—BILL CRIDER: This is another interview where full disclosure is required. Bill Crider and I have been friends since our early days of mystery fandom and fanzines. We both broke into professional fiction writing in the mid-eighties, both in (different) men’s adventure series paperbacks published under pseudonyms. Since those days, we’ve continued our friendship through years of publishing successes under our own names, mystery conventions, tales of recreational running, and shared collecting obsessions...

Dangerous to Know -- Renee Patrick

Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick (Vince and Rosemarie Keenan) is the second novel featuring Lillian Frost and Edith Head.  Lillian Frost is the social secretary to a millionaire movie fan and party-giver, while her friend Edith is the head (no pun intended) of Paramount's wardrobe department.  The year is 1938, and Hollywood is being affected a bit by the growing menace of Adolph Hitler in Europe.  Some of the novel is based on real events, particular a smuggling case that entangled both Jack Benny and George Burns.  Benny is my favorite radio comedian, and he's Frost's, too, so it's no wonder that I like  her.  Because Head and Frost have worked as amateur sleuths before, they get involved.  I don't know which member of the writing team got to write Benny's and Burns's dialogue, but it must have been tremendous fun to do, and it's done very well.

But the smuggling case is a minor problem.  The main case has to do with a pianist named Jens Lohse, who's disappeared.  Marlene Dietrich asks Head to try to find him, and Head enlists Frost.  The case becomes complicated with gangsters, Nazis, and more real-life Hollywood personalities than you can shake a stick at.  Lillian's love life gets more complicated, too.

The book is just plain fun to read, especially if you love movies and old Hollywood.  Patrick doesn't skimp on research, and the book's packed with details that ring absolutely true because they are.  Since both Frost and Head are at the beginnings of their careers, I hope we can look forward to many years of sequels to come.

She Lied About Everything, except Marrying Wyatt Earp

She Lied About Everything, except Marrying Wyatt Earp

Song of the Day

Second Hand News - YouTube:

Pink Used To Be Yellow (No, Really)

Pink Used To Be Yellow (No, Really)

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Forgotten Hits: March 24th

Forgotten Hits: March 24th: "I Think We're Alone Now" begins its fifth week at #1 on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey ...

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Edward Ronns (Edward S. Aarons), Catspaw Ordeal, Phantom Books (Australia), 1954

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Top 10 Screen Versions of Sherlock Holmes

Dames, detectives and dope

Dames, detectives and dope: why we still love hardboiled crime | Books

FFB: Homicide Trinity -- Rex Stout

When people ask me who my favorite writers are, I often forget to mention Rex Stout.  So let me say it right here: Stout is one of my favorite writers.  When I discovered his work 50 years or so ago, I immediately tracked down every book in the Nero Wolfe series up to that point and then read the new ones as they appeared.  I even helped John McAleer a little bit with some research on his bio of Stout.  That doesn't put me in the class with my friends Steve Stilwell and Art Scott, who have read the entire series so many times that I've lost count.  They're the experts as far as I'm concerned.

In my current situation, I find rereading old favorites is a comfort, so I naturally picked up a Nero Wolfe book.  This one is a collection of three novellas, "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo," "Death of a Demon," and "Counterfeit Murder."  In the first, a woman is murdered in Wolfe's own office with one of Wolfe's ties.  He is not happy.  In the second, a woman brings a revolver to the office and tells Wolfe she's not going to kill her husband with it.  And in the third, a landlady tell Wolfe that she wants him to make the cops "eat dirt."  

All three stories are told by one of my favorite narrators, Archie Goodwin, and all three work in some of the usual details about Wolfe's brownstone, its inhabitants, and Wolfe's habits and prejudices.  All three are resolved at the usual gathering of suspects in Wolfe's office.  Wolfe doesn't always have a lot to go on, and sometimes no evidence at all, but the results are, as always, satisfactory.

You can't to wrong with Stout, Goodwin, and Nero Wolfe.