FORGOTTEN BOOKS #292: THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES Edited By Otto Penzler

the black lizard big book of locked-room mysteries
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries collects 68 of the best locked-room short stories ever written. If you check out the Table of Contents you’ll see plenty of familiar stories by Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson, Edward D. Hoch, and other writers known for their classic stories in this genre. Plus many unfamiliar writers. If you’re a fan of locked-room mysteries The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries is a must-buy. How many of these great stories have you read?
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction by Otto Penzler
FAMILIAR AS THE ROSE IN SPRING
The Murders in the Rue Morgue-Edgar Allan Poe
The Problem of Cell 13-Jacques Futrelle
A Terribly Strange Bed-Wilkie Collins
The Two Bottles of Relish-Lord Dunsany
The Invisible Man-G. K. Chesterton
The Doomoorf Mystery-Melville Davisson Post
The Adventure of the Speckled Band- Arthur Conan Doyle
THIS WAS THE UNKINDEST CUT OF ALL
The Wrong Problem-John Dickson Carr
The Thing Invisible-William Hope Hodgson
Department of Impossible Crimes-James Yaffe
The Aluminium Dagger-R. Austin Freeman
The Crewel Needle-Gerald Kersh
The Doctor’s Case-Stephen King
A Knife Between Brothers-Manly Wade Wellman
The Glass Gravestone-Joseph Cummings
The Tea Leaf-Edgar Jepson & Robert Eustace
The Flung-Back Lid-Peter Godfrey
The Crooked Picture-John Lutz
Blind Man’s Hood-Carter Dickson
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF TIME
The Man From Nowhere-Edward D. Hoch
The Laughing Butcher-Fredric Brown
The Sands of Time-Michael Innes
The Flying Death-Samuel Hopkins Adams
The Flying Corpse-A. E. Martin
The Flying Hat-Vincent Cornier
AND WE MISSED IT, LOST FOREVER
The Day the Children Vanished-Hugh Pentecost
The Twelfth Statue-Stanley Ellin
All at Once, No Alice-William Irish
Beware of the Trains-Edmund Crispin
The Locked Bathroom-H. R. F. Keating
Mike, Alec, and Rufus-Dashiell Hammett
The Episode of the Torment IV-C. Daly King
Greaves’ Disappearance-Julian Hawthorne
The House of Haunts-Ellery Queen
The Monkey Trick-J. E. Gurdon
The Ordinary Hairpins-E. C. Bentley
The Phantom Motor-Jacques Futrelle
The Theft of the Bermuda Penny-Edward D. Hoch
Room Number 23-Judson Philips
HOW EASILY IS MURDER DISCOVERED
The Burglar Who Smelled Smoke-Lynne Wood Block & Lawrence Block
The Kestar Diamond Case-Augustus Muir
The Odour of Sanctity-Kate Ellis
The Problem of the Old Oak Tree-Edward D. Hoch
The Invisible Weapon-Nicholas Olde
The Confession of Rosa Vitelli-Ray Cummings
The Locked Room to End Locked Rooms-Stephen Barr
SHOOT IF YOU MUST
Nothing is Impossible-Clayton Rawson
Where Have You Gone, Sam Spade?-Bill Pronzini
In a Telephone Cabinet-G. D. H. Cole & M. I. Cole
The Dream-Agatha Christie
The Border-Line Case-Margery Allingham
The Bradmoor Murder-Melville Davisson Post
The Man Who Liked Toys-Leslie Charteris
The Ashcomb Poor Case-Hulbert Footner
The Little House at Croix-Rousse-Georges Simenon
STOLEN SWEETS ARE BEST
The Bird in the Hand-Erle Stanley Gardner
The Gulverbury Diamonds-David Durham
The Fifth Tube-Frederick Irving Anderson
The Strange Case of Steinkelwintz-MacKinlay Kantor
Arsene Lupin in Prison-Maurice Leblanc
The Mystery of the Strong Room-L. T. Meade & Robert Eustace
No Way Out-Dennis Lynds
The Episode of the Codex’ Curse-C. Daly King
ONE MAN’S POISON, SIGNOR, IS ANOTHER’S MEAT
The Poisoned Dow ’08-Dorothy L. Sayers
A Traveller’s Tale-Margaret Frazer
Death at the Excelsior-P. G. Wodehouse
OUR FINAL HOPE IS FLAT DESPAIR
Waiting for Godstow-Martin Edwards

FORGOTTEN MUSIC #47: THE BEACH BOYS: MADE IN CALIFORNIA [6-CD BOX SET]

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The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th Anniversary with this 6-CD box set of their best songs. In addition to their greatest hits, The Beach Boys included 17 live songs from their concerts. Check out what’s on these CDs. There’s a lot of value here. What is your favorite Beach Boy song?
TRACK LIST:
Disc 1
1 Home Recordings/Surfin’ Rehearsal Highlights (2:58)
2 Surfin’ (2:26)
3 Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (2:37)
4 Surfin’ Safari (2:17)
5 409 (2:09)
6 Lonely Sea (2:39)
7 Surfin’ U.S.A. (2:28)
8 Shut Down (1:51)
9 Surfer Girl (2:27)
10 Little Deuce Coupe (1:40)
11 Catch a Wave (2:09)
12 Our Car Club (2:23)
13 Surfers Rule (2:37)
14 In My Room (2:13)
15 Back Home (2:22)
16 Be True to Your School (2:10)
17 Ballad of Ole’ Betsy (2:17)
18 Little Saint Nick (2:01)
19 Fun, Fun, Fun (2:13)
20 Little Honda (1:52)
21 Don’t Worry Baby (2:50)
22 Why Do Fools Fall in Love (2:09)
23 The Warmth of the Sun (3:03)
24 I Get Around (2:56)
25 Wendy (2:19)
26 All Summer Long (2:09)
27 Girls On the Beach (2:25)
28 Don’t Back Down (1:44)
29 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (2:03)
30 All Dressed Up for School (2:18)
31 Please Let Me Wonder (2:51)
32 Kiss Me, Baby (2:43)
33 In the Back of My Mind (2:13)
34 Dance, Dance, Dance (2:03)

Disc 2
1 Do You Wanna Dance (2:22)
2 Help Me, Rhonda (2:47)
3 California Girls (2:46)
4 Amusement Parks USA (2:33)
5 Salt Lake City (2:03)
6 Let Him Run Wild (2:21)
7 Graduation Day (3:25)
8 The Little Girl I Once Knew (2:33)
9 There’s No Other (Like My Baby) [2012 “Unplugged” Mix with Party Sessio (4:20)
10 Barbara Ann (2:13)
11 Wonderful Kya (0:09)
12 Sloop John B (3:00)
13 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:33)
14 God Only Knows (2:55)
15 I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times (3:20)
16 Caroline No (2:19)
17 Good Vibrations (3:36)
18 Our Prayer (1:08)
19 Heroes and Villains, Pt. 1 (3:08)
20 Heroes and Villains, Pt. 2 (4:18)
21 Vega-Tables (3:46)
22 Wind Chimes (3:07)
23 The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow) (2:37)
24 Cabin Essence (3:32)
25 Heroes and Villains (3:39)
26 Wonderful (2:21)
27 Country Air (2:22)
28 Wild Honey (2:36)

Disc 3
1 Darlin’ (2:11)
2 Let the Wind Blow (2:35)
3 Meant For You (1:50)
4 Friends (2:32)
5 Little Bird (1:59)
6 Busy Doin’ Nothin’ (3:06)
7 Sail Plane Song (2:27)
8 We’re Together Again (2:01)
9 Murray the K (0:11)
10 Do It Again (2:20)
11 Old Man River (1:19)
12 Be with Me (3:09)
13 I Can Hear Music (2:37)
14 Time to Get Alone (2:39)
15 I Went to Sleep (1:38)
16 Can’t Wait Too Long (0:51)
17 Break Away (3:11)
18 Celebrate the News (3:06)
19 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) [Versi (3:15)
20 Susie Cincinnati (3:05)
21 Good Time (2:51)
22 Slip on Through (2:17)
23 Add Some Music to Your Day (3:34)
24 This Whole World (1:58)
25 Forever (2:43)
26 It’s About Time (2:56)
27 Soulful Old Man Sunshine (3:27)
28 Fallin’ in Love (3:01)
29 Sound of Free (2:26)
30 ‘Til I Die (2:32)
31 Surf’s Up (4:11)

Disc 4
1 Don’t Go Near the Water (2:39)
2 Disney Girls (4:06)
3 Feel Flows (4:44)
4 (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again (4:40)
5 Marcella (3:52)
6 All This Is That (3:58)
7 Sail On, Sailor (3:18)
8 The Trader (5:04)
9 California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-I-A) (3:21)
10 Rock and Roll Music (3:10)
11 It’s OK (2:11)
12 Had to Phone Ya (1:45)
13 Let Us Go on This Way (1:59)
14 I’ll Bet He’s Nice (2:36)
15 Solar System (2:49)
16 The Night Was So Young (2:16)
17 It’s Over Now (2:44)
18 Come Go with Me (2:07)
19 California Feelin’ (2:54)
20 Brian’s Back (2:56)
21 Good Timin’ (2:14)
22 Angel Come Home (3:38)
23 Baby Blue (3:22)
24 It’s a Beautiful Day (3:28)
25 Goin’ to the Beach (2:22)

Disc 5
1 Goin’ On (3:01)
2 Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love (3:15)
3 Da Doo Ron Ron (1:53)
4 Getcha Back (2:59)
5 California Dreamin’ (3:24)
6 Kokomo (3:37)
7 Soul Searchin’ (3:59)
8 You’re Still a Mystery (3:20)
9 That’s Why God Made the Radio (3:19)
10 Isn’t It Time (3:44)
11 Runaway (2:53)
12 You’re So Good to Me (2:15)
13 The Letter (1:54)
14 Friends (2:45)
15 Little Bird (1:57)
16 All I Want to Do (2:03)
17 Help Me, Rhonda (4:13)
18 Wild Honey (4:47)
19 Only with You (4:28)
20 It’s About Time (3:37)
21 I Can Hear Music (3:04)
22 Vegetables (2:22)
23 Wonderful (2:21)
24 Sail on Sailor (3:13)
25 Summer in Paradise (4:25)

Disc 6
1 Radio Spot (0:11)
2 Slip on Through (2:32)
3 Don’t Worry Baby [Ve (3:07)
4 Pom Pom Play Girl (2:45)
5 Guess I’m Dumb (2:55)
6 Sherry She Needs Me (2:53)
7 Mona Kana (2:56)
8 This Whole World (1:58)
9 Where Is She? (2:51)
10 Had to Phone Ya (1:49)
11 Smile Backing Vocals Montage (8:31)
12 Good Vibrations (3:49)
13 Be with Me (2:47)
14 I Believe in Miracles (0:21)
15 Why (2:09)
16 Barnyard Blues (2:33)
17 Don’t Go Near the Water (2:45)
18 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (3:54)
19 Transcendental Meditation (1:51)
20 Our Sweet Love (2:39)
21 Back Home (2:21)
22 California Feelin’ (2:14)
23 California Girls (2:28)
24 Help You, Rhonda (2:24)
25 Surf’s Up (3:48)
26 My Love Lives On (2:32)
27 Radio Spot (0:14)
28 Wendy (2:14)
29 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (2:03)
30 Hushabye (2:39)
31 Carl Wilson: Coda (1:24)

CHAOS IN KABUL By Gerard de Villiers

chaos in kabul
I’m a fan of Gerard de Villiers’ Malko spy series. I’ve reviewed a couple of Malkos here and here.  Chaos in Kabul follows the template of the other Malko novels: double-dealing, betrayal, violence, and sex.  The usual spy shenanigans result.  If you’re looking for a fast-paced action novel, Chaos in Kubul delivers.  GRADE: B+

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS [30 Movie Box Set]

universal classic monsters
Just in time for Halloween comes this wonderful box set of 30 classic movies from Universal. The movies span the years 1931 to 1956. Just check out the movies included in this collection below! How many of these movies have you seen?
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Mummy (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1942)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
Invisible Agent (1942)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION By Azar Nafisi

REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATOIN
Azar Nafisi is best known for her best seller, Reading Lolita in Tehran. In this new book, Nafisi views America through the analysis of three books: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt, and Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. As an Epilogue, she includes the work of James Baldwin. Originally, Nafisi was going to analyze America through 24 U.S. novels. But, someone (maybe an editor) talked her into a much smaller number. If you’re familiar with the books Nafisi has chosen, you’ll find some insights here. But this is not exactly a book about these classic American novels. The reader learns a lot about Nafisi and her friends, too. If you’re in the mood for an off-beat mediation on Twain, Lewis, McCullers, and Baldwin The Republic of Imagination will captivate you for a few hours. GRADE: B

BUFFALO BILLS VS. NY JETS

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The Buffalo Bills managed to snatch Victory from the jaws of Defeat last week as they scored a last second (literally!) touchdown on the Minnesota Vikings. Despite the Bills’ 4-3 record, the 1-6 NY Jets are favored by 3 points in this game. Both of the Bills’ starting running backs–C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson–are injured and won’t play in this game. That’s a problem. The Jets haven’t played in 10 days so they’re well rested and prepared. And, the Jets also traded with the Seattle Seahawks to obtain talented wide receiver, Percy Harvin. Vegas thinks the Jets will win and most “experts” agree. How will your favorite NFL team do today?

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS By Richard Alfieri

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a play about a lonely retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons. In Lily’s gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida the two dance partners both dance and spar over their problems in living their troubled lives. What begins as an stormy relationship evokes into a friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and hopes while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Diane and I really enjoyed the local performance we saw. A movie version starring Gena Rowlands hasn’t shown up here yet, but Diane is interested in seeing it. If Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks shows up in your neighborhood, I recommend you go see it. You won’t be disappointed. GRADE: B+

FORGOTTEN BOOKS #291: GUN GLORY FOR TEXANS By Marshall McCoy

gun glory for texans
“Marshall McCoy” was a pseudonym of Australian writer Leonard Frank Meares who published over 700 books in his career. He wrote plenty of adventures about “Larry & Streak,” a pair of cowboy knights-errant. In Gun Glory for Texans (1968) the pair defend the Lone Star state against slander. Plenty of vivid gunplay results! One reason the Marshall McCoy series published by Bantam Books was so popular was the covers done by James Bama (yes, the same James Bama that did the cover artwork for the Doc Savage series). These Marshall McCoy paperbacks have become very collectible, but if you run across a copy you’ll find some fine action writing, too!

BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE By Angela Hewitt

BACH ART OF FUGUE
Angela Hewitt, in her notes to this CD, says Bach’s The Art of Fugue challenged her much more than Bach’s Goldberg Variations and other works. In the short video clip below, Hewitt talks about her decision to record this late work of Bach. I have several recordings of The Art of Fugue, but Angela Hewitt’s new CD is on heavy rotation at the Kelley house. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to this moving music, here’s your chance! GRADE: A

THE SENSE OF STYLE: THE THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY By Steven Pinker

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Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style explores contemporary grammar and writing. I really liked Pinker’s analysis of the difference of writing style between John Keegan’s classic A History of Warfare with John Mueller’s incisive The Remnants of War (pages 171-183). Such detailed explanations show just how writing can be improved. If you’re interested in giving your writing style a boost, Pinker’s lucid book will help. There are insights on every page! GRADE: B+

Table of Contents:
Prologue
Chapter 1: Good Writing
Chapter 2: A Window Onto the World
Chapter 3: The Curse of Knowledge
Chapter 4: The Web, The Tree, and The String
Chapter 5: Arcs of Coherence
Chapter 6: Tell Right From Wrong
Achknowledgments
Glossary
Notes
References
Index