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E who loved him but didn't believe in the effect of too many ScotchesThis backstage mystery was written by a man who knew the theatrical world inside out The characters and scenes are as authentic as Variety as real as a closing notice. This is not a faithful reprint of the original novel but a bowdlerization You should boycott this book

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In the theater reality and make believe blend so intimately that Tim Briscoe was convinced that he was playing the role of detective when he stumbled upon the lifeless form of Nellie Brant But the corpse was real even though everything. Terror in Times Suare 1950 by Alan Handley features Tim a small time actor just waiting for the big break that he's sure is coming his way A Hollywood producer who just happens to take in a play that has this young actor who's outta this world You ought to see what he makes of that tiny part that imbecile director gave him Or a big even that will get his name and picture in the papers Wellyou know what they say be careful what you wish forOne morning Tim is awakened by a phone call from his agent Nellie telling him to come to her office pronto He's hoping it means she's found a part for him But when he arrives at her office he finds her dead with a sharp filing spindle stuck through her and the only part on offer seems to be that of chief suspect in a murder mystery After all doesn't every actor have the urge to kill their agent at one time or another He spies her appointment book and snags it because he doesn't want any curious cops getting bright ideas about his morning visit He leaves the building hoping no one has seen him and heads straight to his friend and fellow actor's place Maggie Lanson's name is also in the book and for an appointment earlier than his but she says she didn't go She forgot all about it She doesn't seem at all concerned that their agent has been murdered about time too and doesn't seem to understand Tim's fear that one or both of them might be a suspectTim determines to discover who did it before the police even get around to suspecting and sets out to track down the mysterious Bobby LeB the other name in Nellie's appointment book for the day His search leads him through the theaters and night clubs of New York to an alley where he's knocked out and into a steam room where the murderer will try to boil him alive But in the end Tim will help New York's finest get their womanThis mystery reminds me of all the HIBK books I've read where the heroine goes and gets herself into all sorts of dangerous situations because her curiosity gets the better of her If our hero would just sit tight and wait the police would get the killer and he'd be saved a few injuries But where would the fun be in that This a middle of the road mystery Good characters but a pretty flimsly plot with a fairly melodramatic ending A decent uick read for a lazy afternoonFirst posted on my blog My Reader's Block Please reuest permission before reposting Thanks

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And everybody else seemed fictitiousThere was the elusive man who wore dark glasses the actress who chose sudden death as the background for an audition the ex–silent film star who stooged on uiz shows for his daily bottle and Maggi. I find this book a rather exciting and cheesy read It was written and published in 1948 by Alan Handley an actor and screenplay writer so i guess i may trust the nitty gritty 'backstage' information he wrote about how stage actors work theirselves back at those times The mystery felt very compelling at first but ended up uite annoying since one may reach already 70 percent of the whole book yet not get a single clue The protagonist was not very reliableHowever the love affair between Tim Briscoe and Maggie was very cute The latter was such a charming character and i loved her lines Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables the elusive man who wore dark glasses The Complete Idiot's Guide to Journalism the actress who chose sudden death as Sniffles and Sneezes (DK Readers L2) the background for an audition Disaster Preparedness: A Living Free Guide (Living Free Guides) the ex–silent film star who stooged on uiz shows for his daily bottle and Maggi. I find The Complete Idiot's Guide to Persuasion this book a rather exciting and cheesy read It was written and published in 1948 by Alan Handley an actor and screenplay writer so i guess i may Emergency Rescue (DK Readers L3) trust Energy Bites the nitty gritty 'backstage' information he wrote about how stage actors work Whiskey Opus theirselves back at A Year on the Farm (DK Readers L1) those Rain Forest Explorer (DK Readers L3) times The mystery felt very compelling at first but ended up uite annoying since one may reach already 70 percent of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism the whole book yet not get a single clue The protagonist was not very reliableHowever The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hearing Loss the love affair between Tim Briscoe and Maggie was very cute The latter was such a charming character and i loved her lines


10 thoughts on “Kiss Your Elbow

  1. says:

    This #1 of the Harleuin Vintage Collection a reprint of classic releases from their early yearsI found this intensely interesting not because of the storyline which was complicated and challenging than I'd expected but because it was such a vital and immersive snapshot of life at the time In our globally connected homogenous world we don't really expect to see the regional differences described here It makes you wonder as our world grows smaller and connected the same is it better and richer for it?The language is the most interesting part of this work and the book is written from the perspective of a small time actor determined to investigate the mysterious death of his agent In this respect the narrative is filled with local sayings slang landmarks I know nothing of and cultural icons and products that no longer exist so that it's practically unintelligible It's amazing that in such a short time 70 years our language has changed so much it's practically another language I've read works from the 18th century that were easier to read This is made harder as uite often the characters are being sarcastic or humorous and without insight into the slanghistory I couldn't tell whether they were serious or not it actually made me feel a lot like I imagine non English speakers must feel when coming up against that subject There was a constant flow of 1930 40s historical references popular and political figures and cultural references that I had no idea about For example as actors the characters were uite often uoting parts of popular plays and poetry from their era as well as some classic works just as we make memes and uote from popular movies A reader of the day would have got these instantly I guess whereas I would have to rely on wikiuotegoogle if it would even be in thereThis makes me a little melancholy seeing how much history and culture has fallen by the wayside and been forgotten I wonder if future generations will have nothing left to remember us by except some crumbling outdated architecture and subtitled cat picturesOne thing I found uite interesting was cultural differences like chain smoking everywhere any time and drinking like fish and it was a bit disturbing to read about character who regularly indulge in large shots before breakfast then chasers then pre lunch drink a liuid lunch a few pub stopovers social drinks dinner with wine then evening spirits etc It's no wonder they spent most the time staggering from one scene to the next Also alcohol must have been extremely cheap in those daysIn other respects it was uncannily similar The fairly casual view of friends with benefits and homosexuality seems very similar to today's 'enlightened' society and although formal rules of conduct were present there was plenty of characters who rejected them and did whatever they like It's not hard to see the seeds of our culture in this beginning to sprout and grow It's certainly changed my mind about what life at the time might have been like Although this is only a work of fiction it must have been an idealised extrapolation of possible events and the historicalcultural references would have had to be valid for it to be accepted by the reading public of the timeIt was really interesting to read how corrupt and unprofessional pretty much everyone was at the time especially police and doctors but is also kind of understandable We now live in a time of staid secure surburban affluence with prosperity and security with layers on layers of rules and government all designed to protect us and cater to middle class expectations The biggest worries we have is how long we'll get to live and how large our superannuation will be These people didn't have that You went out there and sueezed life for all it was worth whenever you had an opportunity or you starved This is evident as really dynamic vigorous optimistic and superbly motivated people the post war America that was growing into a military and economic super power and could do anything if it put it's mind to itI found this a fascinating journey into the past to explore life in the first half of the 20th Century from the perspective of an ordinary person and a pretty damn fine suspense novel as well


  2. says:

    Terror in Times Suare 1950 by Alan Handley features Tim a small time actor just waiting for the big break that he's sure is coming his way A Hollywood producer who just happens to take in a play that has this young actor who's outta this world You ought to see what he makes of that tiny part that imbecile director gave him Or a big even that will get his name and picture in the papers Wellyou know what they say be careful what you wish forOne morning Tim is awakened by a phone call from his agent Nellie telling him to come to her office pronto He's hoping it means she's found a part for him But when he arrives at her office he finds her dead with a sharp filing spindle stuck through her and the only part on offer seems to be that of chief suspect in a murder mystery After all doesn't every actor have the urge to kill their agent at one time or another? He spies her appointment book and snags it because he doesn't want any curious cops getting bright ideas about his morning visit He leaves the building hoping no one has seen him and heads straight to his friend and fellow actor's place Maggie Lanson's name is also in the book and for an appointment earlier than his but she says she didn't go She forgot all about it She doesn't seem at all concerned that their agent has been murdered about time too and doesn't seem to understand Tim's fear that one or both of them might be a suspectTim determines to discover who did it before the police even get around to suspecting and sets out to track down the mysterious Bobby LeB the other name in Nellie's appointment book for the day His search leads him through the theaters and night clubs of New York to an alley where he's knocked out and into a steam room where the murderer will try to boil him alive But in the end Tim will help New York's finest get their womanThis mystery reminds me of all the HIBK books I've read where the heroine goes and gets herself into all sorts of dangerous situations because her curiosity gets the better of her If our hero would just sit tight and wait the police would get the killer and he'd be saved a few injuries But where would the fun be in that? This a middle of the road mystery Good characters but a pretty flimsly plot with a fairly melodramatic ending A decent uick read for a lazy afternoonFirst posted on my blog My Reader's Block Please reuest permission before reposting Thanks


  3. says:

    Before Harleuin became the go to publisher for romance paperbacks it published other genres as well primarily trashy crime novels with steamy bits As part of the publisher’s 60th anniversary it’s reprinting some of these early works including the one being reviewed hereTim Briscoe is an actor in late 1940s New York City trying to break into a big time role so he can finally make it on Broadway or even into the movies Some of the characters speculate that the new television world will be a good source of income once it’s got the bugs worked out But he’s not having a lot of luck And by the end of the first chapter his luck gets worse when he finds his agent dead with a paperwork spindle through her heartThe police call it an accident but Tim removed a vital piece of evidence from the scene and when a second lethal “accident” occurs he realizes he’d better find out the truth before he takes a permanent role as a corpseMr Handley was himself a stage actor and director before moving into television so his picture of the theatrical world seems at least superficially accurate Everyone drinks like a fish except the alcoholic who drinks and most of them smoke like chimneys as well There’s backbiting and backstage politics and too many actors for too few partsI should have seen the ending coming but was distracted for several chapters by one of the characters having too slick of an alibi at one point And I’m not even sure the author planned it that way Oh and despite this being before Harleuin was big on romance there’s a romantic subplot as wellWarning There are some ugly Forties attitudes at work which I can’t describe in any detail due to them tying directly to spoilers Just be warned that many readers will find certain things distastefulRecommended to old fashioned trashy paperback fans Harleuin readers and those who love stories with greasepaint


  4. says:

    I find this book a rather exciting and cheesy read It was written and published in 1948 by Alan Handley an actor and screenplay writer so i guess i may trust the nitty gritty 'backstage' information he wrote about how stage actors work theirselves back at those times The mystery felt very compelling at first but ended up uite annoying since one may reach already 70 percent of the whole book yet not get a single clue The protagonist was not very reliableHowever the love affair between Tim Briscoe and Maggie was very cute The latter was such a charming character and i loved her lines


  5. says:

    This book was total trash The characters were one dimensional the plot thin the title a bit of a punchline at the end The story was utterly predictable and I couldn't read it without both crisps and a cup of teaAnd for all of these short comings it was a splendid brainless romp of a whodunnit It was so good that I couldn't put it down and in fact read it as fast as lightningSo it was great and it was awful Where else does one put it but three stars?


  6. says:

    This reprint of an old Harleuin novel from before the publisher became solely a romance publisher The novel plays on stereotypes of actors from the 1950s which gives it a sort of charm but the story itself reuires a knowledge of drama in order to solve the mystery that I did not possess This left me a little cheated


  7. says:

    A cheap page turner and everything I expected it to be A murder mystery written in the late 40searly 50s set in NYC Revolves around the theater scene Everyone's classy even the characters who aren't meant to be Reminds me of the kinds of books I'd read under my desk instead of paying attention in high school Probably not the best writing ever but a fun suspenseful read nonetheless


  8. says:

    good mystery excellent period piece


  9. says:

    This is not a faithful reprint of the original novel but a bowdlerization You should boycott this book


  10. says:

    The pay off's a tad odd but a nice little whodunnit


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