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George Baxt (1923–2003)

Teoksen A Queer Kind of Death tekijä

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George Baxt was born June 11, 1923 in Brooklyn New York. He began his career as a radio announcer, and then became an agent and a television scriptwriter. From there, Baxt's career developed into scriptwriting cult horror films. He has published twenty-six murder mysteries the first being the näytä lisää acclaimed A Queer Kind of Death, published in 1966. His play Spine Chiller was produced in London's West End, starring Sian Phillips in 1978. Baxt is also the author of nearly ninety short stories, most of which have been published in Ellery Queen mystery magazine.His numerous TV credits include The Defenders, Kraft TV Theater, The Philco Playhouse, Matinee Theater, Laredo, and in England, The Sword of Freedom series. George Baxt died June 28, 2003, from complications after heart surgery, in New York, New York. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

A Queer Kind of Death (1966) 143 kappaletta
The Dorothy Parker Murder Case (1984) 102 kappaletta
A Queer Kind of Love (1994) 73 kappaletta
Swing Low, Sweet Harriet (1967) 60 kappaletta
Minäkö murhaaja? (1971) 60 kappaletta
Topsy & Evil (1969) 56 kappaletta
The Tallulah Bankhead Murder Case (1987) 53 kappaletta
The Alfred Hitchcock Murder Case (1986) 50 kappaletta
A Queer Kind of Umbrella (1994) 47 kappaletta
The Noel Coward Murder Case (1992) 40 kappaletta
Merry Murder (1994) 39 kappaletta
The Mae West Murder Case (1993) 35 kappaletta
The Humphrey Bogart Murder Case (1995) 33 kappaletta
Who's Next (1988) 32 kappaletta
The Talking Pictures Murder Case (1990) 31 kappaletta
The Bette Davis Murder Case (1994) 30 kappaletta
The Marlene Dietrich Murder Case (1993) 30 kappaletta
I Said the Demon (1969) 27 kappaletta
The Greta Garbo Murder Case (1992) 23 kappaletta
The Neon Graveyard (1979) 21 kappaletta
The City of the Dead [1960 film] (1960) — Writer — 17 kappaletta
Night of the Eagle [1962 film] (1962) — Screenwriter — 16 kappaletta
Satan is a woman (1987) 11 kappaletta
Process of Elimination (1984) 8 kappaletta
Circus of Horrors [1960 film] (1960) — Screenplay — 6 kappaletta
Burning Sappho (1972) 3 kappaletta
The Shadow of the Cat [1961 film] — Screenplay — 3 kappaletta
Drole de sauna ] (1967) 1 kappale
What'sisname 1 kappale

Associated Works

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop (2010) — Avustaja — 243 kappaletta
Fifty Best Mysteries (1991) — Avustaja — 73 kappaletta
Murder Most Merry (2002) — Avustaja — 30 kappaletta
Manhattan Mysteries (1987) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Repeat Performance (1942) — Johdanto, eräät painokset17 kappaletta
Show Business Is Murder (1983) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Ellery Queen’s Eleven Deadly Sins (1991) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Circus of Horrors (1960) 5 kappaletta

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Film buffs will delight in this wonderful book, mystery lovers, not so much. Baxt has written a light mystery that will bring a smile to the face of many who fondly remember William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, as long as they don’t expect the charm or sophistication of the Thin Man films. And don’t expect any deft plotting. Some great series set around Hollywood’s heydays, such as Stuart Kaminsky’s Toby Peters mysteries, are both nostalgic and riotous as they deliver the goods. This one will deliver the goods, but only if your order is something light and entertaining, with little bite.

Baxt's regular characters in his series, cops Herb Villon and Jim Mallory, along with Herb's girlfriend Hazel Dixon, a gossip underling of Louella Parsons, have plenty to do and have quite a bit of interaction with Powell and Loy. This is good, because rather than having Powell and Loy be a gimmick, they are actually front and center in solving the murder. It makes for a sweet and nostalgic ride through 1930s Hollywood. Gossip and tidbits classic film fans will love are peppered throughout the narrative.

Hollywood is buzzing and Louis B. Mayer is fuming when a former stock player at MGM named Audrey Manners gets word out that she needs money. Since she is now Claire Young, a rather famous madam with a black book full of Hollywood names, such a message can only lead to murder. When her assistant gets killed, it is up to Villon and the gang to get it solved. To Mayer's consternation, however, it is Powell and Loy in the news, when they are reported as helping out with the investigation. Powell is about to marry the sickly "Baby" (Jean Harlow), and Myrna is having marriage trouble as she and Powell use the cover of researching their next Thin Man film to nose around helping Villon. Hazel, of course, is delighted at the prospect of a juicy story. Herb, however, is more concerned for Claire, with whom he once was in love.

There is nothing tawdry here despite the storyline, just some gentle fun for classic film fans. Powell and Loy discover the murder may have ties going all the way back to Paul Bern, Jean Harlow’s former husband. The friendship of Powell and Loy comes alive in their fun exchanges, and if that’s what you’re after, it’s a nice read. If you’re looking for intricate plotting, some genuine tension, this one isn’t for you. Riveting the mystery may not be, but fun in the extreme it most definitely is, if you come at it from the right direction. Obviously your mileage may vary greatly on this one, depending on expectations and how much you love wallowing in film nostalgia.
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Matt_Ransom | Oct 6, 2023 |
I was just reminded of this book. It's been ages since I first read it, but I still remember the *wow* about the writing. Just fell in love with the voice of Pharoah Love. Am reminded I need to hunt down the series. Don't think I made it to book five.
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JEatHHP | 1 muu arvostelu | Aug 23, 2022 |
Nicely atmospheric film with an interesting cast, including Christoper Lee, who just may be up to no good.... Interesting to know that witches like to dance to jazz before moving on to the human sacrifice.
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datrappert | Mar 9, 2022 |
Between the lie about William Powell and the authors use of "he he he" over and over.. 2 stars is generous.
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Crystal423 | Mar 23, 2020 |



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