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Publication Order of Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History Books

From Rebellion to Revolution (By:Eugene D. Genovese) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy (By:) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Legacy of Andrew Jackson: Essays on Democracy, Indian Removal, and Slavery (By:Robert V. Remini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln, the South, and Slavery (By:Robert W. Johannsen) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Indians' New South (By:James Axtell) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich (By:Dan T. Carter) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hearts of Darkness (By:Bertram Wyatt-Brown) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sphinx on the American Land (By:Peter Kolchin) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Toxic Drift: Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (By:Pete Daniel) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slavery, Emancipation, and Freedom (By:Stanley L. Engerman) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White House Looks South (By:William E. Leuchtenburg) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing But Freedom (By:) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Southern Political Tradition (By:Michael Perman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (By:John Shelton Reed) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slavery and American Economic Development (By:Gavin Wright) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dixie Bohemia (By:John Shelton Reed) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Damn Yankees! (By:George C. Rable) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War (By:Catherine Clinton) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jefferson and the Virginians (By:Peter Onuf) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stepdaughters of History (By:Catherine Clinton) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Fire-Eater (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Columbo Collection (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

Prescription (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By:James W. Hall) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By:Lisa Unger) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By:James W. Hall)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By:Lisa Unger)(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Alfred Hitchcock's A Choice of Evils(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

William Theodore Link is American film and TV writer, a producer and author who often worked for hand in hand with Richard Levinson. Theodore was born and raised in Philadelphia to William and Elsie Theodore Link. His mother was of German origins while his father never knew of his heritage. Link later discovered that his parents were of Jewish roots- his niece Amy examined a suitcase that Link’s father had secretly hidden in their attic. She opened the case in 3022, and to their surprise, it contained genealogical research done by Link’s father during the Second World War. Amy found out that Link’s paternal parents were of Jewish heritage.

Link earned bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania before enlisting in the United States Military from 1956 to 1958. Link and Levinson met on their first day in junior high school, and each loved performing magic tricks.

The two began writing together soon after and they sold their first short story, Whistle While You Work which was published in the November 1954 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. They also co-created and also produced television series such as Mannix, Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, and Ellery Queen. They also worked together and made-for-TV movies including, The Execution of Private Slovik, The Gun, That Certain Summer, My Sweet Charlie, and The Judge and Jake Wyler. They also collaborated on two short feature films: Rollercoaster (1977) and The Hindenburg (1975).

Following the death of Levinson in 1987, Link continued writing and production career in many different media. In 1991, as a tribute to the late Levinson, Link wrote the script for the television film, The Boys featuring John Lithgow and James Wood. Link is a regular contributor to different mystery fiction releases such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

In 1979, Link was awarded a special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of American for their work Columbo and Ellery Queen. In 2002, he was selected as the president of Mystery Writers of America, and he is one of the few TV writers to get this honor.

Late in his TV career, Link embarked on acting at the behest of Bill Cosby who insisted that he plays the role of Ben Sapolsky in Cosby Mystery series. In addition to his career as an author, Link is also known for his show-biz cartoons, has had museum shows at The Hollywood Entertainment Museum, The Writers Guild West, and The Cartoon Art Museum. The author has also published other two novels, The Playhouse, Fineman and also two books on TV Off-Camera and Stay Tuned. His play was Prescription: Murder which debuted Columbo character in 1961 was the highest grossing play in the United States and Canada that year.

The Columbo Collection

The Columbo is a collection of fun short stories, and a must read for any fan of the television series. The author, the master of mystery, has created exciting and memorable gems in these short stories. Below is a synopsis of the several stories in the title.

A criminal defense attorney gets his client acquitted of rape but then kills him. The writer does a great job of portraying a mental due that exists between the attorney and Columbo. Also perhaps the witty defense attorney is the closest any of the stories come to Columbo’s battle against the most elite.

Then there is The Blackest Mail- the only longest story in the book and well-worth. An actress kills a man who is trying to blackmail her. She makes it look like self-defense, and now she has to evade Columbo.

In a trance, the author doesn’t reveal the killer, but it is evident from the start that Columbo thinks the murderer is the Monk. Columbo’s suspicion heavily lies on a hypnotist, and he has an airtight alibi, and the way he manages to break the alibi is classic.

Photo Finish is a unique story compared to the rest of the stories in the collection. It stays from the viewpoint of the killer from the first page to the last as she plots the murder of her husband. The main character has a distinct voice as a woman determined to avenge at all cost, and she is always annoyed by her newbie skills in the murder game. But unfortunately for her, Columbo walks into the solution.

Just opposite of the table of contents, this collection features a sweet and beautiful sketch of Columbo drawn by Peter Falk. The first five stories in the collection contain hidden motives buried deep down in the characters need for revenge, their greed, and jealousy.

Death Leaves a Bookmark

Attempting to conduct a perfect murder, the killer meets the perfect cop. After several years of trying to get rich quick schemes, Troy’s bank account is empty and is only left with a single option in mind.- Take a job in his uncle’s bookshop and the rest of his days working for his uncle whose only redeeming aspect is a mammoth bank account.

Though in his eighties, Troy’s uncle is the picture of good health, and the day that Troy will get to inherit his uncle’s fortune seems very far away. But then, Troy comes up with a very brilliant idea – why work for his uncle for pennies whereas he can kill him and live like a king?

After the deed vanishes into thin air, a peculiarly tumbledown cop comes to call. Lieutenant Columbo appears to be weak, and Troy expects that he will have no trouble at all putting off the scent. But as the noose tightens, Troy soon realizes that there is no murder too perfect for Columbo.

Prescription: Murder

The television series was based on this play- the book revolves around a successful psychiatrist and his mistress as the hatch a plan to kill his possessive wife. Lt. Columbo and the psychiatrist engage in a game of cat and mouse until the doctor succeeds having the lieutenant removed from the case- but what he doesn’t realize is that the mistress is the weak link that could lead to his ultimate destruction. If you like reading police detective novels full of suspense and plenty of twists and turns, then William Theodore Link books are a perfect match for you.

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