Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You would have to search long and hard to find anyone not familiar with at least the names that have been ingrained in the culture regarding pirates, buried treasure and the like, if not perpetuated at Disneyland or the Las Vegas strip, by […]

The Slave of Silence

The Slave of Silence by Frederick Merrick White My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At the outset, this seemed like this would be quite an interesting story; a self-betrothed woman marrying a repulsive-albeit rich man in order to save her father from disgrace and ruin. The psychologial impact of such an arrangement on a woman […]


813 by Maurice Leblanc My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A tale of incredulity, buffoonery, naivete’, comedy, stupidity, iconoclasm, icon worship, self destruction, conceit, and staggering inefficiency, none of it intentional. What promised to be a ghastly detective story just turned out to be ghastly.


Riders of the Purple Sage

Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The cover of this books states that it is the book that established the traditional western. I would agree with that assessment. A campy tale of epic proportions. And it was epic, and must have been particularly so when it originally […]

The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley

The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley by Louis Tracy My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A stunning whodunit that was solved in one day! (Note the sarcasm). Two of Scotland Yard’s finest have been summoned to solved the ghastly murder of one Mortimer Fenley, a rich guy-and banker to boot, and you know how shady […]