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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine April 1983

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine April 1983Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine April 1983
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The last of my three issues of this magazine and certainly my favourite. Decent crime stories.

1. Shadow of Death by Brett Halliday - A fast-paced, easy to read Mike Shayne adventure. This was pretty hokey and dated with ninjas, revenge and a message that Viet Nam vets aren't crazy, drug-addled psychos but just like the rest of us. (3/5)

2. The Crucifixion by Mel D. Ames - A man is discovered nailed to a thirty-foot cross at a local church. Even though I couldn't stand the attitude of the lead detective, it was a fun mystery with the classic ending scenario of the suspects gathered in a room while the lieutenant explained which of them was the murderer. (5/5)

3. Blind Justice by Jerry Jacobson - I enjoyed this hardcore crime story. A punk severely maims an old man who lives downstairs in his low-income building. Justice is not served, but in the end, the assailant gets his due. (5/5)

4. A Matter of Organization by Dick Stodghill - A day in the life of an insurance investigator. He starts out finishing a job about a woman who broke her arm on a bus.He spends the rest of the day sorting out a jewellery heist for the insurance company. In the end, it turns out that everybody is a winner except him. (4/5)

5. Trial By Fire by Hal Charles - An excellent read, very different from the others. Set in a time when horse and buggies were still in use, this is a story of redemption. Arson is committed, and a body long-buried is found. Secrets and the truth finally come out. (5/5)

6. The Last of Clyde Dough by Wade Mosby - A small county finds a naked body with seared fingerprints in a snowbank during the March thaw. They can't identify the body nor do they have the facilities for an unclaimed body. What ensues is a comedic farce that is as funny as it is witty. My favourite in this magazine. (5/5)

7. Comeback by R. Tuttle - A short story about a has-been actress who still has a few business arrangements with her first ex-husband. Mary becomes a nuisance, and the ex decides to get rid of her. Enjoyable but predictable.(3/5)

8. The Assassin's Assassin by John Keating - More an encounter than a story at about 1 page in length. As the title indicates, an assassin goes to kill another assassin and finds the tables turned. Has a shock ending but not much. (2/5)

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