Detective stories

Murray Leinster

William Fitzgerald Jenkins, that was his real name, was born on June 16, 1896 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He signed various detective stories and westerns with the pseudonym Will F. Jenkins and even two romance novels under the pseudonym Louisa Carter Lee occasionally using other pseudonyms. However, gradually he specialized in fantasy, horror and especially science fiction stories, which generally signed as Murray Leinster. Murray Leinster died on June 8, 1975. He was one of the most important pioneers of science fiction since he began writing stories of that genre even before the name was invented. He was among the few who managed to keep on being successful when science fiction passed its pulp magazines phase and had an important influence on many writers of the following generations.

Leigh Brackett in 1941

Leigh Douglas Brackett was born on December 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, California. She was appreciated as a writer and a screenwriter for cinema and television. Her most famous literary works are the ones set on Mars and her Eric John Stark series. She wrote or co-wrote the scripts for movies such as “The Big Sleep”, “Rio Bravo”, “Hatari!”, “The Long Goodbye” and “The Empire Strikes Back”. Leigh Brackett died of cancer on March 18, 1978.

News arrived of the death of actor Christopher Lee. According to sources close to his family, he passed away on the morning of last Sunday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. The actor was hospitalized there more than three weeks ago due to respiratory and cardiac problems.

Robert Downey, Jr. at the 2014 Comic Con

Robert John Downey, Jr. was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, USA. He had roles in many successful movies and occasionally in TV shows. For many years he had drug problems. In the last decade he cleaned up and is have great success especially playing Tony Stark / Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes.

The Book of Souls by James Oswald (Italian edition)

The novel “The Book of Souls” by James Oswald was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the second novel in the Tony McLean series and is the sequel to “Natural Causes”.

Inspector Tony McLean has never totally recovered from the murder of his fiancee. When her murderer Donald Anderson is killed in prison, McLean feels very few emotions even if he goes to see his burial to make sure he’s really dead.

Years have passed since the murder but suddenly in Edinburgh someone finds the body of a woman killed following the same modus operandi of Anderson. How is that possible? For McLean that’s an old wound that gets reopened and the worst thing is that someone insinuates that Anderson wasn’t the murderer. McLean and his colleagues have to find the perpetrator but what does an old book have to do with the crimes?