Friday's Forgotten Books - The Bait - In Reference to Murder

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March 11, 2011


Patti Abbott

As always a great review. She was one of the first female crime writers I read.

Julia Madeleine

Sounds like a really good read. I used to watch Police Woman when I was a kid. Loved Angie Dickinson. :o)

BV Lawson

I'm just sorry she wasn't a more prolific writer, Patti -- that was back before the "must crank out one (or more) a year" era. I'm also sorry she was talked out of continuing the Christie Opara series, as it would have been nice to see it develop.

BV Lawson

It was interesting to read a review of the Angie Dickinson series by Dorothy Uhnak, Julia -- apparently she was appalled (and amused) by the liberties they took with her book and the characters; she felt they made the policewoman character totally unrealistic. And yet, at the time it was also considered to be a path-breaking TV show!

George Kelley

I enjoyed reading all those Dorothy Uhnak crime novels. THE INVESTIGATION was my favorite of the bunch. Sorry to hear about the sad circumstances of Uhnak's death.


Great review. I've never read any of Uhnak's work and I wonder why. My only excuse is: I can't read EVERYTHING. :) But I know it's never too late.

Jeez, it's sad to hear about the author's death.

BV Lawson

I haven't gotten to "The Investigation" yet, George, but I've read comments from other folks who agree with you. I'll track it down ASAP.

BV Lawson

I hear you, Yvette -- My current TBR pile (of actual stacked physical books) is around 50; my TBR list (of others to seek out) is WAY larger, and I'm feeling quite overwhelmed. I really, really should think again about taking that speed-reading course. :-)

Evan Lewis

Get Christie Love growing out of this seems more than passing strange.

BV Lawson

I agree, Evan! When I checked the book out and did the research and realized the connection, I was astonished to know one was based on the other. Apparently, the studio at the time wanted to take advantage of the "blacksploitation" trend in the 1970s, but it didn't work out that well, since the series only lasted one year.

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