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    Mignon G. Eberhart(Author),Rick Cypert(Editor),Kirby McCauley(Editor)

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Mignon Good Eberhart (1899-1996) was for much of the twentieth century one of the best known mystery writers in America. She was both talented and prolific, publishing 59 novels and many short stories in her more than 60-year writing career. Dead Yesterday contains the best of her previously uncollected stories, with tales about the following sleuths: Nurse Sarah Keate, a middle-aged no nonsense nurse who appeared not only in Eberhart s first seven novels, but she also made her rounds as a short-story character in 1930s periodicals. Her acerbic wit and matter-of-fact demeanor defy the dark forces of murder that she encounters in and out of hospital settings. Susan Dare, a saucy young mystery writer, is aided by her journalist friend Jim Byrne. She was exclusively a short story character. James Wickwire, is a rarity in the Eberhart canon a male protagonist. An elderly senior vice-president of a bank, Wuickwire is a bachelor whose reputation is incredibly appealing to damsels in distress and others who seek his reluctant assistance in solving crimes. Melvina Standish -- Mel Standish, like Sarah Keate is a nurse. Standish, however, had her solo appearance before Keate. In the earliest (1926) Eberhart work, Mel helps solve a murder at her Chicago Apartment house. Dead Yesterday is edited by Rick Cypert, Professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, is the author of America s Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart, Her Life and Works (Susquehanna University Press, 2005). His co-editor, Kirby McCauley is a writer, editor, and literary agent and is the editor of Dark Forces: Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror and co-editor of Dashiell Hammett s Nightmare Town.

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  • By Kevin Killian on April 6, 2009

    Mignon G. Eberhart lived until a great age and was always popular, or soit seems, but today we depend on small companies like Crippen & Landru togive us new editions of her work. Here we have her biographer, RickCypert, joining forces with Kirby McCauley to present a well-rounded andgenerous selection of what they consider her best short stories. Are theyher best? I don't know, but nearly every one has something to recommendit, and even the stories I went in thinking "this is going to becrummy,"each got better as it went along. All in all, Dead Yesterday is adiscovery of the first water.Eberhart rose to fame with some nurse-detective stories featuring capableSarah Keate, a bit of a ripoff of her rival Mary Roberts Rinehart and hersuperior "Miss Pinkerton," Hilda Adams. And yet the stories themselvesare as good, or nearly as good, as Rinehart,s and that,s saying something. I wouldn't have dared to invite Eberhart and Rinehart to the same party!(MGE even sticks a blowsy "Nurse Hilda" into the lead-off story here, asif to jab her rival with that ol, two-can-play-at-this-game spear.) Somerare Keate stories appear here, one an absolute dud, but otherwiseEberhart's virtues instantly assert themselves: a gift for atmosphere, forshuddery suspense, for a note of horror in the underpinnings of her plots,and for some good detective work on the part of her sleuths. Of the nursemysteries here, "The Night Watch Mystery" is the most plebeian, "DeadYesterday"the spookiest. "Marked for Death"' is obviously an attempt tocash in on the local color of the Chicago World's Fair and has a dumbstory, not worthy of Sarah Keate's talent. "Murder on the Wall" is aquick moving pursuit entry that approaches true terror, if not muchdetection, and "The Empty Inn," with its luxurious European setting, putsour heroine into the fish out of water bag once again and me no likey.What can I say about Eberhart's next series creation, the ebullient SusanDare? I would have loved a whole book of her complete cases--and I hopethe present book gets enough attention to merit a sequel so that I canread the rest of them! Dare was my first crush when I was a boy and nowthat I return to her a grown man, I'm still infatuated. Not all femaledetectives had to be old snoops like Helen Hayes, au contraire! SusanDare is real, smart and full blooded as Louise Brooks, and each one of thestories here is a winner. With Dare, Eberhart can indulge her passion fortravel writing in a way that seems fitting~whereas for Sarah Keate youreally had to think of a good reason to pry her out of the hospitalsettings she thrived in. "Murder by Proxy," a story new to me, has agreat method for murder. "Feather Heels," set in an impossibly elegantand exotic Miami, won't stump many readers but has the best of Eberhart'swinningly garish names (including, here, Gaar Turnham and FrancineBlowry). With "The Flowering Face" and "The Wedding Dress," Eberhartachieves a perfect blend of detection and poetry, and the bizarre,memorable "Postiche" anticipates the scary tales of madness perfected byHilda Lawrence in the 1940s. After these great peaks the collection movessmoothly enough into the detective work of Mr. James Wickwire, who musthave been Eberhart's attempt to write the most colorless detective in allof literature. It's bizarre how bland he is, and yet for the most part,the stories in which he appears are pretty cool. They just lack thedivine spark of Susan Dare.

  • By Jane R Wallin on February 19, 2014

    Fast paced stories, some of the protagonists did stupids things - going off by themselves without thinking and ended up in danger.

  • By lit buff on December 8, 2011

    This recent Eberhart book is a bonus for all of her fans. It was compiled in 2007 using stories that had previously appeared in magazines. The stories are wonderful mysteries and a great opportunity to enjoy more of Eberhart's work. The paperback book is large enough for easy reading. A+++

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