The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (1922)

I feel kind of bad writing about this book. Not that the book is bad. In fact, it is fantastic and I loved every moment I spent reading it. On the other hand, it feels too easy to recommend  an Agatha Christie book since she is one of the greatest selling authors of all time. But I digress. I loved it and that’s that.
Tommy and Tuppence are a wonderful one, two punch precisely because it is impossible to tell who is one and who is two. They are comrades and companions that rely on each other unlike say the Holmes and Watson pairing. I always felt that Holmes had the ability to solve any case by his lonesome and in many cases he did. But what makes it all the more wonderful is that the running dialogue between Tommy and Tuppence is fantastic. I’m always a sucker for witty dialogue and this is just about the best. They remind me vaguely of another witty and conversational couple: Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. To not be outdone the story itself is also thrilling and leaves the best mystery until the end. So pick up a copy of The Secret Adversary. 

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Ten Days in a Mad-house by Nellie Bly (1887)

This expose is at times absolutely heartbreaking. We follow Nelly Bly as she goes undercover in an insane asylum. Getting in is troublingly easy. Once she is inside it becomes all the more curious. “But here let me say one thing: From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity.” To think that this asylum gave its patients no real opportunity to prove or improve there sanity. Each patient has a unique story to tell. Step inside an asylum by reading Ten Days in a Mad-house.

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The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley (1960)

Some stories make me feel like I know what will occur next. And I was wrong every time while reading this one which made me smile. An unabashedly Scifi narrative about a planet of criminals, this book continually asks questions about the nature of society and government in our daily lives. The author takes every opportunity to present the dichotomy between common Earth beliefs and those on Omega. How much of our own beliefs are affected by the people we meet and te laws that govern our existence? Will Barrent has to struggle with the questions when his memory is wiped and he is left on the criminal run planet of Omega. Told of his past crimes he has to struggle against what feels natural and the customs on Omega which frequently lead him in another direction. I urge you to pick up and read The Status Civilization.

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Deathworld by Harry Harrison (1960)

This book almost took over my life. Deathworld is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that keeps the reader guessing at every turn. You follow Jason DinAlt as he gets in and out of increasingly difficult situations. Jason is an infamous criminal who has uncanny ability to win in the casino. After years of escaping from international police, Jason has developed a chip on his shoulder. He won’t take no for an answer and has to see anything himself before he really, truly believes it. This swagger comes to bite him in the butt sometimes and at other times it’s the only thing that keeps him alive. I can always relate to lone star characters who won’t take anything from anyone. Also, he has a beautiful logical mind. Go ahead and take the plunge. Crack open Deathworld.

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A Yellow Journalist by Miriam Michelson (1905)

This was a book I stumbled upon. I just tripped over it and when I looked back I was surprised. Welcome to the world of wild rumors, gossip and every underhanded ploy known to woman. Rhoda Massey is an up and coming journalist in and around San Francisco. Growing up in the Bay Area many of the names and places in this story hold a special meaning to me. These pages chronicle her time spent chasing secrets, stories and scoops. Like a great detective tracks a killer, Rhoda tracks her headline. The headlines range from murder and bribery to gambling. Each story is thrilling and fast-paced. Miriam Michelson creates twists and turns to puzzle and delight the reader. For all lovers of detective novels, please check out A Yellow Journalist.

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