Friday, September 19, 2008

More for Your To-Be-Read Pile

While Dolores Gordon-Smith recalls for The Rap Sheet the merits of The 12:30 from Croydon, by Freeman Wills Crofts, other bloggers are chiming in today with their own huzzahs for some regrettably “forgotten books”: Scott D. Parker touts The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933), the very first of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason legal thrillers; Bill Crider heaps a few kudos on The Black Glove, a 1981 novel by Geoffrey Miller that for some reason has been sitting, unread, on my shelves for the last 20 years (but that, because of Crider, is finally migrating over to my TBR pile); David Cranmer highlights a “great little crime thriller” from 1964 called The Crime of Colin Wise, by Michael Underwood; Lesa Holstine applauds the realism of Triple Play, one of Elizabeth Gunn’s police procedurals; August West cheers The Last Detail (1970), by Darryl Ponicsan; and Jen Forbus of Jen’s Book Thoughts (a blog I hadn’t heard about until yesterday) gives her thumbs up to White Doves at Morning, James Lee Burke’s 2002 historical novel.

In addition, forgotten books series honcho Patti Abbott hosts a few additional selections at her Web site: The Unquiet Night, by Patricia Carlon; Uncle Dynamite, by P.G. Wodehouse; and The Franchise Affair, by Josephine Tey, that last pick made by Agatha Award winner Louise Penny (The Murder Stone).

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