Wednesday, April 15, 2020

If you're looking for something to read

CrimeReads suggests "there's no time like the present to read all fifty-six Sherlock Holmes stories" or, for that matter, any number of other "Detective Series You've Always Been Meaning To Read."
...[C]onsider diving into a classic detective series. I’m talking really famous, really clever stories. The heavies. The fun stuff. We’ve rounded up a list of the big ones for you.

The rules: we’re keeping this list to mystery series first written during the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth. .... Now, this is a transcontinental assemblage, from gentleman amateurs to hardboiled PIs. The only other rules are that there have to be a ton of books in the series, and that they all follow a single detective character. Sounds easy enough. Let’s get cracking. ....
I haven't read Ross Macdonald and only a few Nicholas Blakes, and I found S.S. Van Dyne not very interesting, but I enthusiastically endorse all of the others: Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Dorothy L. Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey, Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, Dashiell Hammett’s The Continental Op and Sam Spade, Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion, and more!

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