Psycho II

Psycho II (Psycho #2) by Robert Bloch

I bought this years ago at a used bookstore and as I love Psycho the movie. I couldn’t wait to read it but then…

Plot Summary:

So nuns are going to visit the asylum, because I guess they do that. It seems really odd to me, but whatever.

Norman of course is still crazy and murders a nun-commenting all the while about how he wonders of nuns shave down there and legs, etc. Uh…why?

That is mostly how I feel about this book, why? Why, what does this have to do with plot?

He steals a van, which is later found burned with a burned body in it-believed to be Norman. His doctor, Dr. Adam Claiborne, doesn’t think he is dead and goes to Hollywood. They plan to make a movie about Norman, and Dr. Claiborne thinks he is headed that way and goes that way too.

The actor playing Norman, Paul Morgan, thinks that if Norman has been dressing like his mom, he must be gay. He dresses up and goes undercover at a Hollywood gay brothel. Strange

There are two actresses Jan and Connie. Connie isn’t pretty enough to be a star, but does become a star in  porn film.

And then Norman goes killing and stabbing.

Thoughts After Reading:

This was awful! So dumb!  The movie is waaaay better, I would rather watch that than read this anytime.

For more Psycho, go to Psycho

For more books that take place in Hollywood, go to The Woman in the Movie Star Dress

For more psychopaths, go to The Itsy Bitsy Spider

A Duty to the Dead

So this year marks something very special. It is the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.

In fact today is the very day it started for us Yankees. In honor of that, I decided to post a World War I mystery (even though it takes place in England and occurs before we jumped on board.

Oh well…

Before we start, I would just like to thank all those who served (whether alive or dead), thank you for serving your country and protecting it.

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A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mystery #1)

Bess is a nurse in WWI. She has encountered many wounded men, but no loss has affected her like one of her most recent patients. She actually fell in love with him and before he passed, and was given a message to deliver:

“Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied…I did it for Mother’s sake. But it has to be set right.”

After surviving a mined ship, Bess is given some time to recover from the incident and her injured arm. She decides this is the best time to travel and release the words given to her as the young soldier lay dying.

When Bess does deliver the news, none of the family seem to understand. Not Jonathan, his brother, mother, etc. Bess finds this odd, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

It turns out there is another brother, Peregine, one who has been placed in a psychiatric hospital for his insanity and for the murder he committed of a young girl years before.

But when he is sent to the family homestead to be cared for as he has become ill; Bess finds him to be not what she expected. In fact the opposite of the insane, stupid, beast that has been painted for her.

But then Peregine escapes from the asylum and follows Bess home. He holds her hostage in order to prove his innocence of the crime that occurred years ago.

Is he telling the truth?

Is Peregine telling the truth and is a wronged man? Or is Bess forced to follow the whim of a murderer.

I wonder…

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Thoughts After Reading:

Amazing! I couldn’t stop reading as I had to find out what happened next. Which brother did it? Is Peregine innocent or mad?

For more historical fiction mysteries, go to Paper Roses

For more retrograde mysteries, go to C is for Corpse

For more mysteries, go to Murder at Oklahoma