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New writer for the Spenser novels

When Robert B. Parker died last year, all of us Spenser fans thought that’s it, no more Spenser novels to read. Parker had written 39 books about the Boston P.I., the last, “Sixkill,” published by Putnam last month. Here’s the good news. There will be more. Parker’s widow, Joan, and publisher Putnam in April gave [...]

Memorial Day

As a writer of mysteries, it’s only right for me to ask on this day ARE THERE ANY MEMORIAL DAY MYSTERIES OUT THERE? Yes. There are. Two . . . Harry Shannon’s 2004 novel, “Memorial Day”; and Kathryn Kenny’s 1984 kids’ mystery, “The Mystery of the Memorial Day Fire.” There could be more, but these [...]

Cop show summaries

“The Good Wife,” the best written of the drama series currently running, is not a cop show. It’s a lawyer show. The good news is CBS renewed the show for a third season. I had intended to make that series the subject of today’s blog . . . until I stumbled on the Nielsen numbers [...]

Cop show summaries

“Blue Bloods” will be back for season two, although, had NBC cancelled the show, the finale did wrap up the storyline that drove the series: Who killed Detective Joe Reagan? The writing in the series is exceptional, and the show drew respectable audience numbers, averaging between 11 million and 12 million viewers per episode. Tom [...]

Cop show summaries

“Castle” ended the season with a bang . . . well, lots of bangs. Captain Lockwood shot assassin Hal Lockwood’s team, killed them in a shootout. Lockwood then shot Montgomery and, before Montgomery died, he killed Lockwood. And then an unknown assassin shot Detective Kate Beckett while she’s delivering a grave-side eulogy at Montgomery’s funeral. [...]

Cop show summaries

Nielsen’s count of eyeballs showed 9.69 million people watched the final episode of “CSI: Miami” on May 8. That’s down a chunk from the season average viewership of 10.34 million people. The show consistently tops the competition in its hour, and, yes, CBS has renewed the show for a tenth year. How many episodes, though, [...]

Cop show summaries

CBS advertised “Hawaii Five-0″ as the best new show of the season and also the most watched new show of the season. And maybe it was, but viewers preferred ABC’s “Castle” in the Monday 9 p.m. (CST) time slot. For the May 9 season finale, “Hawaii Five-0″ drew 9.834 million viewers while “Castle,” still a [...]

Extreme book week #2

The world’s most prolific writer, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is someone you likely do not know – Charles Hamilton (1876-1961). Hamilton, a Britisher, wrote long-running series of stories for weekly magazines about kids in English boys’ school. He used at least 25 pen names, the best known of which was Frank [...]

Extreme book week #2

According to a contributor to Englishforums.com, you and I will find the longest, most complex sentence written is English in Jonathan Coe’s 2001 novel, “The Rotters’ Club.” The sentence is just shy of 14,000 words long, so you will forgive me for not reproducing it here. At that length, the sentence is a novella in [...]

More of extreme book week #2

Last week we said Marcel Proust holds the record for the longest book published in English, for his novel “In Search of Lost Time.” Three million words. Mark Leach decided he could beat that. Twenty years ago, he began writing his 17-million-word novel, “Marienbad My Love.” Of course, no sane publisher would bring that volume [...]