Black dogs. They have held a place in the human psyche throughout history. In some cultures, they were demonic, beings to be avoided. They were omens of death and evil. The most famous literary depiction of this black dog as evil concept is probably Conan-Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. Well, the most famous, that is, until J.K. Rowling capitalized on the concept with Harry Potter’s “Grim”.
How about you? Who are your favorite mystery writers? They can be ancient, classic or modern. They can be well known or (probably even more fun) obscure. What books or stories turned you on to them? What about their writing inspires you to create? If you’re not a writer yourself, what inspires you, period?
I just happened to be looking at the next Miss Marple book in the series, when I spotted the entire collection, which has (till perhaps a week ago) been for sale for around $60.00 US, for $5.99.
Yes, that’s five dollars and ninety-nine cents. For the entire collection. That is all thirteen books — the novels plus the entire short story collection. Now, I own a Nook, and I already own five of these books, but hey — who cares? My momma didn’t raise a dummy. I clicked Buy Now!
I’ve just run across this delightful short audio slide show on YouTube, with Agatha Christie talking about her creation of Miss Marple. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Let’s face it. Everyone who writes mystery stories fell into that vocation (or avocation, as the case may be) because they love to read mystery stories. Is there anyone out there who pushes the perilous pen who doesn’t list Agatha Christie among their favorite authors? Certainly, no one I know personally. I could read Agatha…
▶ Partners in Crime trailer – coming soon to BBC One – YouTube. What mystery writer (or reader, for that matter) is not an Agatha Christie fan? BBC’s new Christie series, starring Tommy and Tuppence, is coming soon! Its title is Partners in Crime: appropriate, if not all that imaginative. Still, I am hoping to…