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Subject: Andre Norton & Isaac Asimov & ...?
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 6:09 PM ET
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I was really excited to get the book "Sneeze on Sunday"  by Andre Norton which was originally published in 1953.  Tor reprinted it in 1992.  It's a murder mystery on this earth in present time.  I say I was excited but I have been on page 37 for 3 days now.  It's co-authored so it might not be all her fault.  It reminded me of when I read Asimov's mystery book (he may have written more than one and I can't remember the name of it).  I wasn't impressed with it either.  Norton's may get better.  I certainly hope so.  I was wondering if there are any other sci-fi/fantasy writers that have written mystery.  Not sci-fi mystery just regular old present day present world mystery.  Have you read any?  Were they (it) any good?

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 7:22 PM ET
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Are you referring to Asimov's book A Whiff of Death?  I actually really liked that one. 

Poul Anderson wrote a trilogy featuring the Danish-Japanese-American detective Trygve Yamamura.  They are Perish by the Sword, Murder in Black Letter, and Murder Bound.  I liked them all

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 8:16 PM ET
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I had to go to wikipedia to see what Asimov book I read.  It was called Murder at the ABA.  Now I'm interested in his black widow series.  They're short stories:

He only published two full-length mystery novels but he wrote several stories about the Black Widowers, a group of men who met monthly for dinner, conversation, and a puzzle. He got the idea for the Widowers from his own association in a stag group called the Trap Door Spiders and all of the main characters (with the exception of the waiter, Henry, who he admitted resembled Wodehouse's Jeeves) were modeled after his closest friends.

I'm going to have to check Poul Anderson's books out.  Thanks for suggesting them!  but tonight I'm going to sit down and hope that Andre Norton just takes a while to get going -when it comes to mysteries.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:30 AM ET
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I haven't read Murder at the ABA, but A Whiff of Death is a mystery set in a college chemistry department, and I thought it was great.  I have a book called Murder at the Galactic Writer's Society by Janet Asimov that's listed as "Isaac's Universe #2."  I wonder if it's a sequel to Murder at the ABA.

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:50 AM ET
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Back in the Stone Ages, Fredrik Brown wrote mysteries.

And don't foget Sir Arthur Conan Doyle :-)

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:33 AM ET
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Sheri S. Tepper writes mysteries under the pen names  A. J. Orde and B. J. Oliphant. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 8:47 PM ET
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I've read some of Sherri Teppers and I was amazed at the different writing style.  She doesn't have such an agenda when writing as Orde and it's lesser as Oliphant also.  I like all her writing although her hardcore green feminist slant sometimes gets in the way of the story in her fantasy.  She's a good writer regardless of genre.  I still haven't gone back to Norton's mystery.  It's waiting for me -maybe in winter.  I did read Arthur Conan Doyles sci fi  which I supposed is a mystery writer writing sci fi.  haven't quite decided how I feel about it yet.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 4:44 PM ET
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I love Asimov's Black Widowers mysteries. I enjoy the humor.

Athena

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 7:48 PM ET
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Thank you for reminding me! - I put the collections of those stories on my wish list & ordered whiff of death.