The Shameful Book Club: Mystery Novels for Spring

magnifying-glasMystery novels — my favorite! My selections for this Spring’s reading challenge are by far the most random, but I think they will compliment each other well. I put together a healthy mix of classic and contemporary detective and mystery novels from writers I love and writers I’ve never read. There are six core novels and then three bonus novels on this list. But since these are fast-paced, exciting, and usually short books, I hope I’ll be able to get through at least the majority of them in the March-June timeline. I don’t have the greatest track record, however.

As usual, there are some books on this list that are embarrassing for me to admit that I haven’t read them yet, but that is the entire reason for the Shameful Book Club. If you have read any of these already, let me know what you think of them. And if you have a good mystery series that you think I should pick up, let me know! If mysteries aren’t really your thing, take this as an opportunity to give them a try. Otherwise, I’ll be doing science fiction novels in the summer. I hope you guys participate with me this season. It’s going to be a thrilling thaw.

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The Hitchcock Haul: Strangers on a Train  (1951)

StrangersonaTrainFirst, allow me to apologize for being late with my Hitchcock this week. I’ve been pretty busy working on a script that’s been kicking my ass, so I kind of lost track of everything. But, not to worry! This week I rewatched the legendary Strangers on a Train.

This movie is so well known, so parodied and referenced, that I actually forgot that I’d already seen it. For some reason I didn’t remember that I watched this excellent Hitchcock, and just thought I knew the story so well from hearing it elsewhere (like the Modern Family parody that was hilariously done).

Turns out I’ve absolutely seen it like a million times. But I watched it again with the same delight as always.

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