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  1. My Macdonald is Ross Macdonald. I've read all of his Lew Archer novels and short stories and loved them all. Definitely mysteries, but made all the more gripping by his handling of the psychology and motivations of his characters.
  2. I've apparently read one John Dickson Carr (writing as Carter Dickson) mystery, And so to Murder, since Amazon reminds me I bought a Kindle copy for 99ยข in 2017. I'll try a re-read, but Carr seems to go for the puzzle and locked-room mystery, and that variety doesn't appeal to me. Among those who wrote as Ellery Queen is Jack Vance, my all-time favorite science fiction and fantasy author, who did three EQ mysteries. I haven't read them, though. There are a number of good blogs devoted to golden-age mystery, and one of the best, well-informed and entertaining, is The Passing Tramp.
  3. Checking further I see the sidebar only infects threads with three or more pages.
  4. A sidebar containing essentially useless information has suddenly appeared in the topic "Golden Age" Detective Fiction in the Roamin' Reader forum. This causes the area in which the posts appear to shrink horizontally and leaves a wide blank space to the side, since the content of the sidebar is only at the very top. The Customizer doesn't offer an option to turn it off. I've checked several other topics in Roamin' Reader, as well as those in several other forums, but so far haven't encountered the sidebar anywhere else. It's not a huge annoyance, but it is an annoyance. And I have to wonder how it got there (and also only there) and why.
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    Any word of or from Colin recently?
  6. I'm not a shill for Amazon, but I do use them for Kindle books, and it's the way I've read dozens of Bellairs mysteries over the past few years. Right now there I see there are 37 of them available as free reads if you have the Kindle Unlimited service.
  7. The more of them you read, the more bits of Littlejohn's history and character you'll find, and also of his wife. There's also a side character who's a close friend from Littlejohn's past on the Isle of Man. He's a elderly cleric, and several times becomes involved in the cases that call Littlejohn back to the island. The cleric's protective housekeeper is a scream. But none of these side characters, or Littlejohn himself, get involved in any distracting, personal soap opera-type plotting, thank heavens; the mystery is always the focus.
  8. Crispin's Gervase Fen mysteries are pricelessly witty, with farcical moments and occasional forth-wall beakage. I've read all the novels and many of the short stories via Kindle editions from Amazon. Very re-readable just to immerse yourself in the world, the characters and Crispin's style.
  9. George Bellairs, Brit author active 1941-1982. His Inspector Littlejohn novels are more character-driven, often wittily so, rather than puzzles - no locked-room mysteries. Really entertaining. Lots available as free reads if you have Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.
  10. The big problem comes from the changing meaning of "regulated." Back then, it didn't mean some overseeing authority imposing limitations on gun ownership, but rather the sense of a systematic, consistent organizational model, rather than a rag-tag assembly of armed men. Gun ownership itself was a given, part of a person's everyday equipment for protection of their life and property - from animals as well as other people - in a world in which the concept of a governmental police force was still decades away, and in eary America where a standing army was still non-existent.
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    Story symbols

    What does the triangle made of three green arrows signify? Eco-friendly recycling?๐Ÿ˜
  12. Sounds like Yankee by The Zot. https://gayauthors.org/story/thezot/yankee/
  13. The first two chapters have engaged me. You're right about the excellence of the writing. Thanks for the recommendation.
  14. Though high school freshman Derrick is a top player in the school band, he's terrifically shy. Sensing this, and more, his visiting grandfather hatches a plan. That doesn't give away more of the plot than the title does, but you find out something helpful about the protagonists and the situation. The reader can go into it knowing this isn't likely a melodramatic action piece, but relationship- and doing-life-oriented.
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