Thursday, October 12, 2006
Ventura Tidbits, Part I
Having been away from Ventura for a few years (does 45 count as "a few"?), I'm reacquainting myself with some of its history.
Did you know that the famous fictional detective Perry Mason was born in Ventura? In the early 30's, Erle Stanley Gardner (shown at left with an unfortunate rabbit) had a law office there and wrote the first of his many Perry Mason novels.
He had such great titles for his books, too:
The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
You know, you could just mix up a bunch of his titles and come up with some very interesting new ones to use for your own mystery novels. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
The Case of the Haunted Duck
The Case of the Fugitive Fingers
The Case of the Grinning Typist (that one's scary just to think about)
If you do any reading of genre fiction series, whether mystery, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or romance, and you prefer to read the books in order but have trouble determining which came first, check out www.fantasticfiction.co.uk. Enter any author and you will get a chronological listing of all their books, series or otherwise. It's also a great place to find new books and authors.