Meet the Curator

Greg Mandel, Mystery Curator

Greg is a lifelong reader of mysteries, wrote a daily column for The Oregonian, and is the author of the mysteries “High Hat” and “Dead Ringer". He got his B.A. in English from Lewis & Clark College and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Library Science.

A note from Greg:

“I can trace my love of mysteries back to two words: Raymond Chandler.
Sure, I was fascinated by Poe and Sherlock Holmes before I ever found Chandler, but Raymond Chandler cinched it for me. It’s been said of Chandler that he wrote like a slumming angel, that he invented a new way of talking about America. I think all of that is true, but there’s something even more. Reading Chandler taught me that it was still possible to have honor in the 20th century. Marlowe always did the right thing, no matter the personal cost.”

Some of Greg’s personal favorite mystery books are:

The Big Sleep
The Long Goodbye
The Maltese Falcon
Solomon’s Vineyard
City of Tiny Lights
Philip Kerr’s Berlin Noir