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About armchairreviewer

Qualified English teacher, with a passion for literature and crime fiction. On a random note I also own pygmy goats and chickens with afros (it doesn't get any cooler than that).

Death Takes a Wife (1959) by Anthony Gilbert

This is my third encounter with Gilbert’s work, (the first two being The Spinster’s Secret (1949) and Portrait of a Murderer (1934)), and as always Gilbert offers a very different type of mystery. There is no specific blue print or … Continue reading

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The Second Shot (1930) by Anthony Berkeley

This is my 6th Anthony Berkeley review this year, making him one of my most frequently blogged authors this year. For those interested in how interwar authors perceived the genre they were writing in, this book will be of special … Continue reading

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The Weight of the Evidence (1944) by Michael Innes

‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,’ as Albert Einstein famously stated and today’s read is partially an instance of this. I am not a big Michael Innes fan. I would … Continue reading

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Landscape with Corpse (1955) by Delano Ames

I’ve reviewed Ames’s work a lot this year, 6 times in fact and some of you may have been relieved when my progress was halted due to a dearth of reasonably priced copies for later books in the Jane and … Continue reading

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The Running Woman (1966) by Patricia Carlon

Today’s read is from an Australian suspense writer that I came across only recently in Christopher Fowler’s The Book of Forgotten Authors (2017). Our female protagonist, Gabriel, rapidly ends up in one heck of a pickle after a girl is … Continue reading

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Birthday Books

A couple of days ago it was my birthday, (I’m so glad there’s a social convention of not being allowed to ask a woman their age), which of course means some new additions to my TBR pile. So I thought … Continue reading

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Police at the Funeral (1931) by Margery Allingham

Today’s read is the 2nd Allingham novel, which was bestowed upon me by a friend and since I actually enjoyed the other one much more than I thought I would, I decided to dive into this one and see how … Continue reading

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Locked Doors (1932) by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Short read and review from me today and another adventure featuring Nurse Hilda Adams. This time she is called into an unusual case by her police acquaintance Inspector Patton, taking over from another nurse who after 4 days of replacing … Continue reading

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Somebody at the Door (1943) by Raymond Postgate

Source: Review Copy (British Library Crime Classics) Postgate’s reputation as a writer strongly rests on another novel of his, The Verdict of Twelve (1940), a trial based mystery which I really enjoyed when I read it a few years ago. … Continue reading

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Enter Murderers (1960) by Henry Slesar

Can’t remember how I came across this title, but its cynical and dark humour, combined with its unconventional plot intrigued me and the opening sentence delivers on both fronts: ‘Temperature: 89. Humidity: 86. Forecast: Continued hot, with possible thunderstorms, passions, … Continue reading

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