Detectives on The Point: Part Two!
Nelson Ritschel, Author and Professor in the Humanities Department at Mass Maritime Academy, rejoined Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson this morning for part two of detective fiction on The Point. If you missed the first discussion on detectives, you can listen to that here.
You will no doubt be disappointed, as I was, that there is not one library in CLAMS that has copies of the Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly murder mysteries set in the theatre world of Boston which were so well described by Nelson! It appears they were published by a small press in New Mexico called Inkhorn Press. Even the Boston Public Library only has copies for in library use! Although hats off to the Lincoln Public Library who appear to have a few copies! (You can request books from outside CLAMS via the Commonwealth Catalog.) It appears somebody has republished them via Createspace, so perhaps we will be able to get one of those copies, although the quality is not always the best. So a rare book mystery that is not yet solved!
Thanks to all of you who called, emailed, and tweeted your suggestions!
Murder at the Tremont Theatre: the first Porridge Sisters Mystery by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly
Murder at the Old Howard: the second Porridge Sisters Mystery by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly
Murder at the Orpheum Theatre: the third Porridge Sisters Mystery by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly
Murder at the Gordon’s Olympia: the fourth Porridge Sisters Mystery by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
The Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
The Beat Goes On by Ian Rankin
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Lost Stories by Dashiell Hammett
Nightmare Town by Dashiell Hammett
The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories by Raymond Chandler
(And I just read this: “Dorothy Parker wrote that Hammett’s detective was so hard-boiled ‘you could roll him on the White House lawn.'”
Dark Nantucket Noon by Jane Langton. The series stars detective & former Harvard professor Homer Kelly.
The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon. Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is the detective and he loves eating and smoking. The complete list of the new translations can be found at Penguin Random House.
December Heat by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. Inspector Espinosa is the detective, and he lives in Rio de Janeiro. Originally published in Portuguese.
A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers. Walsh finished a Lord Peter Wimsey left unfinished for 60 years by Dorothy Sayers, and is continuing to write new mysteries starring Lord Peter, Harriet Vane and other Sayers characters.
What Would Maisie Do? by Jacqueline Winspear.
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak. And to answer Mindy’s question about what color Nancy Drew’s hair was: “The blond, blue-eyed teenager, affectionately called ‘Curly Locks’ by her father, was an all-around knockout, ‘the kind of girl who is capable of accomplishing a great many things in a comparatively short length of time.” Although in the introduction the author writes of Nancy’s “trademark red-gold hair.” (We may have to reread the original versions of the books!)
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. Easy Rawlins is a Louisiana-born detective living in L.A. There are 14 novels in the series.
Sleuths, Sidekicks and Stooges by Joseph Green and Jim Finch. This is an astonishing annotated bibliography of detectives, their assistants and their rivals in crime, mystery, and adventure fiction, 1795 – 1995.
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, the first Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Danny Beckett series by Tyler Dilts.
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn, the first in the Chet & Bernie series.
And from one twitter listener: “Hmm. In no particular order, John Cardinal, Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Lew Griffin, Harry Bosch, Smilla Jaspersen, Cass Neary, Bruce Medway, Philip Marlowe, and Coffin Ed and Gravedigger.”
The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri, the first in the Inspector Salavo Montalbano series, set in the fictional Sicilian town of Vigata.
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon, the first in the Police Commissario Guido Brunetti, set in Venice.