Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The Crewel Needle” by Gerald Kersh

Many is the good man I’ve known who has ruined himself by expecting too much justice. Now, I ask you, what sane man in this world really expects to get … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s clever and original novel is set at the fictitious Laurelfield, an historic estate that once served as an important arts colony north of Chicago. The novel is part … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Second Bullet” by Anna Katharine Green

A tea, a musicale, and an evening dance kept Violet Strange in a whirl for the remainder of the day. No brighter eye nor more contagious wit lent brilliance to … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Chill by Ross Macdonald

A young man asks detective Lew Archer to find his missing wife, who bolted the day after the wedding. This is no problem at all for Archer. She’s found attending college … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

“In the Teeth of the Evidence” by Dorothy L. Sayers

I refuse to have this thing taken along to my surgery. Corpses aren’t popular in Harley Street. “In The Teeth of the Evidence” finds Dorothy L. Sayers’ incomparable detective, Lord … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Nameless Man” by Rodrigues Ottolengui

Rodrigues Ottolengui’s resume isn’t what you’d expect from a mystery writer. He was the author of Table Talks on Dentistry and Methods of Filing Teeth and spent 35 years as editor of Dental … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Annotated “Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle

I perpetuate the gentle fiction that Holmes and Watson really lived and that Dr. John H. Watson wrote the stories about Sherlock Holmes, even though he graciously allowed them to … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment