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One Murder at a Time: The Casebook of Lindsey & Plum Paperback – October 1, 2001
About the Author
Richard A. Lupoff is the author dozens of mystery and science fiction novels as well as a hundred or more short stories, screenplays and nonfiction books. His most recent publications are Claremont Tales, a collection of short stories, and The Great American Paperback, an illustrated history of mass-market publishing.
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Dick Lupoff's one helluva writer and I've always liked the stories of Marvia Plum and Hobart Lindsay, and as a former Berkeley resident, I appreciate the settings of these stories. Several appeared in Mysterious Intent magazine (where yours truly was a regular writer) and Dick contributed some of these stories for the first time. It's about time they were collected too.
One standout story that was new to me was "News from New Providence", a story set in the Bahamas, where Marvia's father Marcus appears. It's a story featuring a, well, an unnamed Duke and Duchess, who are shown to be as self-absorbed and snobby as I always thought from what I read. The familiar themes of collecting and the odd folks who often collect rare objects appear in several of the stories, and Lupoff's sure hand and sure knowledge of history show up everywhere; especially in two stories created for this collection: "Golden Glory" which has to do with a favorite topic of radio, and "Old Folks at Home", which revisits memories of Nazi Germany.
Alas, the "bonus story" was not to my taste, but that's not that it is a bad story. It's that, sorry folks, but I am not in any way a Nero Wolfe fan and it really helps to read this story featuring agoraphobic rose mavin Caligula Foxx. That hardly matters overall in this collection. Timmy in "Chinese Gunboats" - a sensitive an fascinating story that deals with an autistic man who knows whodunnit and tells Marvia about it in his own way.
One final note: I know that the author is truly pleased with this publisher. They've done a pretty good job, but I can't get excited about the interior illustrations. I think they're that combination of art and computer and they didn't work for me. However, the cover is truly wonderful. I think it shows off well Lindsey's slightly nebbishy qualities and Marvia's forthright cop nature. A welcome book in our household....