Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Vintage Mystery Extravaganza category: 2011 #3
Date Finished: January 22, 2020
Fredric Brown’s “The Case of the Dancing Sandwiches” anchors this issue of Mystery Book Magazine with short stories by John D. MacDonald and D.L. Champion among others. Brown’s story involves a detective trying to clear a man of murder whose story is related to a New Jersey nightclub that nobody can prove exists. It isn’t as clever as many of Brown’s stories, nor does it have a great setting, but still entertaining. MacDonald’s story “Dead on the Pin” is a bowling-related crime story.
Perhaps the best story here is “Murder in Bright Lights” by Jonathan Joseph and Bryant Ford, two writers with whom I was not familiar. Neither seems to have written much else. This short novel is set on Broadway, with a domineering actor-producer-director slain just after opening night.