Short Saturday: QL 696.C9 by Anthony Boucher

In the StacksContinuing In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians I read a murder mystery/detective short today by Anthony Boucher. The murder happens in a library to a librarian and the mystery revolves around library code. Fun.

I don’t normally read mystery novels, let alone short stories, but short seems to be a less suitable form for mystery. The suspects are too few, so obviously the least suspected would be the culprit, and the mystery is solved before you know it.

4 stars

I have previously read Isaac Babel’s The Public Library and Jorge Luis Borges’s The Library of Babel from this collection, then left the book for a while. A post on QL 696.C9 by A Work in Progress made me pick up this short today, since she mentioned that it’s her favorite short story in the anthology. Check out her review for more comprehensive synopsis!

boucherI’d never heard of Anthony Boucher before this. From the book:

Anthony Boucher (1911-1968). One of the most important figures in 20th century mystery and detective fiction, Boucher was a novelist, editor, and–perhaps most importantly–a critic who wrote the “Criminals at Large” column for the New York Times from 1951 until his death in 1968. He was a founder of the Mystery Writers of America and for nine years was the editor of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The “Bouchercon“, the oldest and largest annual convention of mystery fans, is named in his honor.

Anyone of you familiar with his works?

Have a nice weekend you all!

In Short Saturday I will journal my journey to find 5-star quality short stories. Unlike my book reviews, I will talk more about my thoughts and what I learn, why I choose the story and how I come upon it. Unlike books, I’m willing to take more risk for shorts, because they are.. well.. short, so I won’t waste too much time if I don’t like them. Expect to see a lot of trash and hopefully, some gems. As it is now, I am not a fan of short stories. Dare I say, yet? But hey, like people say, it’s all about the journey, not destination. (which Michelle is joining, yay)
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