|TNB "cover" designed by Bev*|
As I mentioned in last week's post, I haven't read many of the Queen novels. I grew up with the televised version of Ellery Queen and loved those. On TV Ellery, Inspector Queen, and the policemen at the Inspector's beck and call weren't quite as hard-boiled as they seem to be in the novels I first sampled. Not that we're talking Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett here--certainly not. Just a bit harder around the edges. And I had to be in the right mood for it. Apparently my mood was just right when I read The Chinese Orange Mystery in 2011.
*Incidentally, the cover I used to fashion the TNB logo for the Queen edition of the club is an edition of The Chinese Orange Mystery.