I guess it’s the little surprises in life that spice things up, but I sure didn’t want to buy a new computer when the old one was working just fine. At least it was working fine until the water from a nearby flower vase spilled and a wave of liquid washed across the thing. **FIZZZT**. The end. After a week of hoping it would “dry out” and start working again (yeah, right), we went to the Apple Store and bought a replacement. Instead of the MacBook Pro with 15 inch screen, Barbara wanted the one with the 13 inch retinal screen.
Now for the books. After reading The Saint in Europe, a short story collection, I decided I’d get some more Saint books. Three came this week, along with a Sherlock Holmes pastiche.
The First Saint Omnibus by Leslie Charteris [Book League of America 1939 hardcover, used] – mystery omnibus. The contains 13 stories drawn from other Saint collections. Since I have none of those, this should work.
The Saint Wanted For Murder by Leslie Charteris [Triangle Books 1943 hardcover, used] – mystery. This contains 6 long stories/novellas.
The Saint – Five Complete Novels by Leslie Charteris [Avenel Books 1983 hardcover, used] – mystery novel omnibus. This contains all the Saint novels I’ll probably ever want to read, along with The Saint Overboard which I already have. It’s the short stories that are the best Saint reading, but I wanted these too.
The Will of the Dead by George Mann [Titan Books 2013 trade paper, new] – mystery, Holmes pastiche. – I like to try a Sherlock Holmes pastiche every now and then, and read a positive review of this on a couple of blogs I respect.
I decided to make a run at finishing The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. After reading this for nearly a year, I finished it. It’s a great anthology, but at nearly 1,100 pages it’s just plain LONG.
I also finished The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert, which I enjoyed. Now I’m reading both The Saint Overboard (1935 novel) by Leslie Charteris and Alien Emergencies, the second omnibus of James White’s Sector General books. White is a favorite author, and the cover art by John Harris is great. However, at just over 600 pages this is another thick book. Hey, I just finished one of those.
Barbara finished Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva, which she enjoyed, and has started The Tip of A Bone by local Portland author Christine Finlayson, yet another book we got at Left Coast Crime in February.
What new books did you get, and what have you been reading?