“Having read a review…” I wonder how many of the listings in my New Arrivals posts contain those words? Many, I’m sure. I’m in cut back mode, as regular readers will know, but there is a thin trickle. Old orders, preorders, absolute must buys. I’m not in a monastery yet.
The House on the Point by Benjamin Hoff [St. Martins 2002 hardcover with demi-jacket, used] – mystery – as it says on the half jacket, really a bit of heavy paper folded over the cloth cover, this is a tribute to Franklin W. Dixon and the Hardy Boys. Dixon was, of course, a house name in accordance with the customs of the Stratemeyer Syndicate which used ghost writers for it’s various series including the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Here, Hoff has rewritten The House on the Cliff for the more grown up reader. The reviews sounded good and I loved then and still enjoy now the Hardy Boys books. I have two versions of The House on the Cliff, which this one rewrites, the original and the mid-1950s rewrite. I’m about half way through and so far have a mixed reaction. Review soon.
Triple Jeopardy by Rex Stout [Bantam Books 1977 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – three Nero Wolfe novellas: Home to Roost, The Cop-Killer and The Squirt and the Monkey – Having intended to read some Wolfe, and after reading the Marvin Kaye edited Nero Wolfe Files my interest in reading the Wolfe canon has been rekindled. I have a little more than three quarters of the books, so I found this to add to the shelf. Possibly more to come.