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Free Book Friday Winner!

Monday, March 4th, 2019

The Winner of the Brand New Copy of

Lust to Kill by Robert Scott is:


Barbara L. (pfkitty)

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Mystery Monday Review – The Case of the Careless Cupid

Monday, March 4th, 2019

The Case of the Careless Cupid by Erle Stanley Gardner

Review by Matt B. (BuffaloSavage)

An affluent widow is in love with a wealthy widower. Although one of his nieces is sympathetic to the match, the other niece and her main-chancer boyfriend don’t want rich uncle to tie the knot. Insinuations that the widow murdered her first husband are bruited about, capturing the attention of the police and an insurance company that wants its dough back, plus all the money she made from investments on that dough. Ace lawyer Perry Mason is hired by the widow to defend her on the first-degree charge that she poisoned her husband with arsenic.

This 1968 outing, the 79th and third from the last of the series, has its problems, like more than couple of Mason novels written after 1960. The prose is mechanical. The characters tend to excessive explications, which is odd since Gardner usually handled dialogue more skillfully (he dictated the novels). The plot is not as intricate as usual. In fact, the ease with which we can identify the perps makes this border on an inverted mystery, which is highly unusual for Gardner.

On the positive side, Gardner, as is his wont, includes strong female characters. The widow is the kind of independent-minded, self-sufficient female Gardner respected. She’s an astute investor, turning a $100K into a half-million. She’s blunt: “I like what I like and not what I’m supposed to like because of mass rating. And I very much dislike the things I don’t like.” Gardner also features a real person, which is very uncharacteristic. The female pilot that takes Della and Perry to El Paso is Pinky Brier, the first woman to become a flight and aerobatics instructor in the early 1940s.

I’d still recommend it to Mason fans but also to readers looking for a quick uncomplicated read without subplots or extraneous detail. Perry springs into action numerous times. Watching him direct Paul Drake (his PI), his client, Della (his PA), and lead the cops on is always a kick. Gardner’s language is simple if stiff. The interesting legal issues and thinking keep the little grey cells engaged. The story has suspense and theatrics.




Free Book Friday – Lust to Kill

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Lust to Kill by Robert Scott


Driven By Rage
Sebastian Shaw was a walking time bomb. Office gossip, dirty dishes, the wrong look–anything could set him off. And once it did, nothing stopped the most terrifying killer Oregon police had ever met…

A Need To Kill

Only murder appeased Shaw’s fury. But he didn’t kill the people who offended him–they were the lucky ones. Instead, he hunted down innocent victims–men, women, teenage beauties–and unleashed his bloody urge to kill…to rape…to paint in blood.

A Murderer’s Boast
Finally, with the courageous testimony of a survivor, and high-tech CSI, Shaw was put behind bars for life. But the gruesome tale didn’t end there, as Shaw bragged about a dozen more murders he had never been charged with…

With 16 Pages of Shocking Photos


ISBN 9780786018864, Paperback

1 lucky member will win a brand-new copy.

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You have until Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12 noon EST, to leave a comment.

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