Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Great Detectives of Literature project

Usually, Thursday will be my day for posting whatever random bit of geekiness comes to mind. But the first Thurdsay of each month will be set aside for my personal survey of the Great Detectives of Literature. Once a month, on the that particular Thursday, I'll post comments on one of the following novels (listed here with the author and the protagonist):

"Overture to Death," by Ngaio Marsh (Roderick Alleyn)

"Black Money," by Ross MacDonald (Lew Archer)

"Saint Peter's Fair," by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael)

"The Chinese Parrot," by Earl Derr Biggers (Charlie Chan)

"The Big Knockover" and "$106,000 Blood Money," by Dashiell Hammett (Continental Op) [2 novellas making up a single story]

"The Hound of the Baskervilles," by Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)

"The Body in the Library," by Agatha Christie (Miss Marble)

"The High Window," by Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe)

"The Case of the Beautiful Begger," by Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)

"The ABC Murders," by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot)

"The Dutch Shoe Mystery," by Ellery Queen (Ellery Queen)

"The Saint Overboard," by Leslie Charteris (Simon Templar--the Saint)

"For the Defense: Dr. Thorndyke," by R. Austin Freeman

"The Nine Tailors," by Dorothy Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey)

"Golden Spiders," by Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe)

I'm not going to go in any particular order--just reading whichever one of the list strikes my fancy. But I will get through the entire list before stopping. And I'll always let you know (in case anyone wants to read along) which one I'll cover in the next month's post.

So--for the first Thursday in February--we'll be looking at "The Hound of the Baskervilles" starring the Great Detective himself--Sherlock Holmes.

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