The Murder in the Stork Club



✰ The Murder in the Stork Club Epub ✶ Author Vera Caspary – E17streets4all.co.uk CRIME AND MYSTERY FROM THE AUTHOR OF LAURA Vera Caspary , playwright and novelist, is best remembered for the novel which led to the great Otto Preminger movie, Laura, but she also wrote novellas an CRIME AND MYSTERY in the PDF/EPUB » FROM THE AUTHOR OF LAURA Vera Caspary , playwright and novelist, is best remembered for the novel which led to the great Otto Preminger movie, Laura, but she also wrote novellas and novelettes which combined mystery and suspense with an awareness of gender and class issues Working class sleuths in high class settings like New York s famed Stork Club , sexual and work place tension, Nazi spies during the Second World War, complex characters all these elements were combined in The Murder PDF/EPUB ² Caspary s writing with an impeccable smoothness in plotting In one story, she even has a gathering of suspects at the denouement in the tradition of Agatha Christie The Murder in the Stork Club and Other Mysteries is edited by Caspary expert A B Emrys.The Murder in the Stork Club

Vera Caspary, an in the PDF/EPUB » acclaimed American writer of novels, plays, short stories and screenplays, was born in Chicago in Her writing talent shone from a young age and, following the death of her father, her work became the primary source of income for Caspary and her mother A young woman when the Great Depression hit America, Caspary soon developed a keen interest in Socialist causes, and joined the Communist Party under a pseudonym Although she soon left the party after becoming disillusioned, Caspary s The Murder PDF/EPUB ² leftist leanings would later come back to haunt her when she was greylisted from Hollywood in the s for Communist sympathies Caspary spent this period of self described purgatory alternately in Europe and America with her husband, Igee Goldsmith, in order to find work After Igee s death in , Caspary returned permanently to New York, where she wrote a further eight titles Vera Caspary died in and is survived by a literary legacy of strong independent female characters.

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  • The Murder in the Stork Club
  • Vera Caspary
  • English
  • 03 November 2019
  • 193200985X

10 thoughts on “The Murder in the Stork Club

  1. says:

    It s been ages since I ve read any Vera Caspary Murder in the Stork Club and Other Mysteries is a collection of four of her short stories It also includes an interesting forward by A.B Emrys which talks about Caspary s influences Wilkie Collins, in particular and provides some biographical information I hadn t yet encountered.Stranger in the House, a WII fifth column suspense story, was my favorite of the four I mean, I adore the the wacky wartime British films of Powell and Pressburger an It s been ages since I ve read any Vera Caspary Murder in the Stork Club and Other Mysteries is a collection of four of her short stories It also includes an interesting forward by A.B Emrys which talks about Caspary s influences Wilkie Collins, in particular and provides some biographical information I hadn t yet encountered.Stranger in the House, a WII fifth column suspense story, was my favorite of the four I mean, I adore the the wacky wartime British films of Powell and Pressburger and have soldiered through the early Wonder Woman comics, so the mixture here of ridiculous patriotism and domestic feminism was right up my alley The political is also the personal, as the protagonist of Stranger finds out and she must seize back her agency in the home first in order to achieve agency on the level as a citizen I also appreciate that Caspary, while playing with the themes of suspicion and paranoia, doesn t necessary go the all racist way of the aforementioned Wonder Woman comics Or as she not so subtly states it The house was Alice s no longer, for a home, like a homeland, must give freedom, or those who dwell in it are nothan prisoners I d read and enjoyed Sugar and Spice in the Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense collection as a story of the complicated frenemy relationship between two cousins across several decades I don t have much to add here, except I m not sure the whole Victorian nested structure really works out right It feels like this would be a much better story told from the perspective of the women, and at a novel length than its current form.Caspary was paid by a magazine to sample the happening club and give the same experience to the readers and so Murder in the Stock Club was born Caspary clearly has some fun with playing withtraditional mystery tropes, complete with the Agatha Christie gather all the suspects at a dinner for the big reveal ending On the whole story does ultimately feel like a bit of fluff, though that may beto do with my own tastes than anything It was also at this point where I acknowledged that Caspary does like to write certain types of protagonists over and over again She loves her street saavy but morally uptight working class men, and her ambitious but ambivalently liberated career women.Ruth, the final story, welcomes a return to darker andfamiliar suspense territory with a tale of a marriage pulled apart by financial in security and romantic jealousy Caspary had Communist sympathies, and I wonder if that played into how she depicts the stock market invisible money business here see also the milk price fixing business in Laura Overall, the story does suffer somewhat from a certain over familiarity of the Wall Street conman type, and Caspary treats the character with such oily disdain that it s a little exasperating waiting for the titular Ruth to wise up to his act

  2. says:

    Vera Caspary wrote the short novel The Murder in the Stork Club as a result of an idea by Herbert Mayes, editor of Good Housekeeping During a nine week stop in New York City waiting for a passport so she could go to England to write the screenplay for a British production of her novel Bedelia Good Housekeeping paid all her expenses and for her dinners at the Stork Club so she could soak up the atmosphere for the story And it showsluminaries such as Walter Winchell, Dorothy Lamour, Tallula Vera Caspary wrote the short novel The Murder in the Stork Club as a result of an idea by Herbert Mayes, editor of Good Housekeeping During a nine week stop in New York City waiting for a passport so she could go to England to write the screenplay for a British production of her novel Bedelia Good Housekeeping paid all her expenses and for her dinners at the Stork Club so she could soak up the atmosphere for the story And it showsluminaries such as Walter Winchell, Dorothy Lamour, Tallulah Bankhead and Frank Sinatra among others all make cameo appearances in Caspary s story of a murder that seems to take place right in front of everyone who was anyone in the 1940s.The victim is a man named Henry Thoreau Pendleton a rich man who loves women and wine and when full of the latter will gladly tell stories of the ladies he had loved and lost As the novel says He was only thirty nine but age could not wither, nor custom stale, the infinite variety of his love affairs And he didn t mind who knew about them In fact, he had recently revealed to Walter Winchell that he intended to publish a book made up entirely of the love letters he had received over the course of his romantic exploits Hot stuff and steamy readingor so he claimed.Pendleton had arrived at the Stork Club to have dinner with a mysterious lady in mink Everyone knew that he just recently been thrown over and they all were curious who this latest conquest was But nobody recognized her Which in the Stork Club was odd But odder still was the fact that after dining alone with her, Pendleton went home and promptly died from nicotine poisoning Did the woman in fur doctor his coffee before leaving his table for the night Or perhaps it was his ex wife who stopped by for a friendly chat before his date arrived Maybe Winchell had a secret axe to grind Sherman Billingsley, owner of the club, has also stopped by the table that night.Unfortunately, since Pendleton waited to pass on until he was out of the club, there is no real evidence of how the poison was delivered And the police are left wondering while they search for the unknown woman Which suits Joe Collins, private detective, just fine He knows who the mysterious lady is and he s determined to find out who the real killer is before the police discover that it was is wife who shared Pendleton s table that night That s no spoiler, by the way We know who the mystery lady is in chapter two The story is a three way game of cat and mouse with Collins and his wife trying to stay off the official radar while the murderer tries to hide from both parties It is fairly clued and a nice little view of life in New York during the war years As has been true with both Laura and Evvie top notch full length mysteries , the characters are well drawn and I enjoyed Joe and his wife Sara very much A delightful entry for both my Dangerous Beasts Theme for the Vintage Challenge and for the What an Animal Challenge among others Four stars

  3. says:

    This is a collection of shorter works by Vera Caspary, author of Laura and Bedelia, both of which were made into memorable films Caspary is an excellent writer who specializes in strong female characters Stranger in the House 1943 Alice Remsen is happily married with a young son and lives in a nice house She thinks her life is perfect until a stranger comes to her door, and she learns there is a lot she doesn t know about her husband and the world around her This is a very well writt This is a collection of shorter works by Vera Caspary, author of Laura and Bedelia, both of which were made into memorable films Caspary is an excellent writer who specializes in strong female characters Stranger in the House 1943 Alice Remsen is happily married with a young son and lives in a nice house She thinks her life is perfect until a stranger comes to her door, and she learns there is a lot she doesn t know about her husband and the world around her This is a very well written suspense story with a Nazi villain, who is not only racist, but sexist I love how Alice rises to the occasion and takes matters into her own hands Sugar and Spice 1943 Mike Jordan s mother was the sort of woman who, when she learned she was to have a child, looked at beautiful pictures and listened to great music As a result, Mike grew up to make family gatheringsthan usually hideous by his renditions of The Melody in F and Rachmaninoff s Prelude Mike grows up with two cousins, Phyllis, who is the daughter of his music teacher, and her cousin, Nancy Phyllis is beautiful but poor, and Nancy is plain but rich and they hate each other Phyllis longs to be rich, while Nancy dwells on her unattractiveness Their rivalry culminates in an attempted murder suicide and the murder the man they both love I didn t think this story was as good as Stranger in the House, but I did enjoy it The Murder in the Stork Club 1945 Joe Collins is a working class detective who has just returned after two years in the army He dropped out of college after two years to go to work for a detective agency He meets Sara Haworth, a writer of radio mysteries, when she consults him for a story The two fall in love and marry However, their differing social statuses and incomes cause some problems in their marriage Sara s little white lies and deceptions, especially about her mink coat, don t help matters When she is suspected of murder, Joe immediately jumps into the investigation to clear her name Despite their differences, Joe and Sara love each other and want their marriage to work I enjoyed this story, though the part where Joe rounds up the suspects at the end is rather cliche, even by 1940s standards Ruth This is the story of Ruth, who is married to an abusive, deceitful husband There is an attempt on her life and she believes he is responsible However, things are not what they seem especially her husband, who turns out to be concealing a great deal I wasn t sure about this story at first, but by the time I reached the end, I had decided I liked it Ruth matures during the course of the story and in the end, she is the strong one, not her husband who probably never was

  4. says:

    Okay, one and a half stars We ll round up.This is a reprint of what is wistfully and wishfully referred to by its publishers only as the Lost Classics series If the story itself had been worthwhile, I could have forgiven the terrible editing, worse than I have seen anywhere apart from some poor self published jobs Multiple font sizes shrank and grew on the same line, and above or below one another Disorienting.But the mystery itself was almost a caricature of a mystery, blending every po Okay, one and a half stars We ll round up.This is a reprint of what is wistfully and wishfully referred to by its publishers only as the Lost Classics series If the story itself had been worthwhile, I could have forgiven the terrible editing, worse than I have seen anywhere apart from some poor self published jobs Multiple font sizes shrank and grew on the same line, and above or below one another Disorienting.But the mystery itself was almost a caricature of a mystery, blending every possible stupid stereotype into one novella the title piece I read it because it was given to me as a well intentioned Christmas present, and I felt guilty when I was asked how I liked it I had to admit I hadn t gotten to it yet, but hey, I was reading it next So I did Eeeewww To top it all off, although minute details regarding the Stork Club have been attended to, its origins which could have been left up in the air entirely, if lawsuits were a concern for the original author, who scribed this in 1945, when the Stork was in its heyday are also fictitious Billingsley is said to be a real estate investor who found a down at the heels nightclub and decided to put a shine on it He was my mother s uncle, and the shine for which it was begun was moonshine in fact, when the club went out of style and its clientele receded in the early 1960 s, an old still was even found in a locked closet The place started as a restaurant with a secret back room for those who knew the password during Prohibition Its popularity grew to where even the most famous went there and had hootch in the back room when the Amendment was repealed and liquor made legal, Sherman was ready to roll.Most of those who read my reviews know that when I can find something kind to say, I generally do Unfortunately, this is a title that could have stayed lost and none of us have been the worse off

  5. says:

    My love affair with Ms Caspary continues An esteemed playwright, screenwriter and novelist, she also wrote novellas and novelettes Caspary helped define this genre of psychological thrillers by deepening its issues to include gender and class issues, interweaving them into the mystery and suspense of the plot Crisp, cold blooded, and delicious.

  6. says:

    Found this gem in an installment of the Detective Book Club from the 1940s Caspary writes an excellent mystery with complex yet entertaining characters, especially the women New favorite

  7. says:

    Stranger in the house what do you do when your husband is a traitor and brings evil people into your house.Sugar and Spice and he didn t know she loved him Sigh.The Murder at the Stork Club Husband realizes his wife may keeps secrets from him Shocked But then someone gets murdered.Ruth Husband keeps secrets from wife The maid did it.Lots of secret keeping, which is an essential part of any mystery, but also a part of any relationship And when you find out for the first time that your si Stranger in the house what do you do when your husband is a traitor and brings evil people into your house.Sugar and Spice and he didn t know she loved him Sigh.The Murder at the Stork Club Husband realizes his wife may keeps secrets from him Shocked But then someone gets murdered.Ruth Husband keeps secrets from wife The maid did it.Lots of secret keeping, which is an essential part of any mystery, but also a part of any relationship And when you find out for the first time that your significant other still has a life of their own sometimes a very significant life how do you react Overall Ruth was my favorite, because it was focused on characters whose emotions made sense and informed their actions The murderer was set up properly, and it wasn t tedious Sugar and Spice was tedious, possibly because of the format of being re told by someone from an oral account a convention I dislike.The Murder at the Stork Club didn t have a satisfying conclusion because it wasn t set up well There are surprises, and then there are things introduced and concluded in the last act And that s to do with the perspective of the story, which was limited to the husband, and perhaps wasn t the best choice for this mystery.Stranger in the House had a good payoff, but could have been a little shorter, or a little longer It just feels like it ended abruptly But it s still my second favorite, and that goes down to a preference of the heroine in Ruth over the one in this story They both deal with a lying husband and violence, and both draw a line, only Ruth draws a line earlier On the other hand, who knows whether Ruth s resolve would have remained

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