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The Case of the April Fools (1933) by Christopher Bush

This is book 9 in the Ludovic Travers series and was given to me by my Secret Santa this Christmas. I had a rocky start with Bush when I first tried his work with The Case of the Platinum Blonde … Continue reading

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Ben on the Job (1952) by J. Jefferson Farjeon

It has been over two years since I have tried a Ben the Tramp mystery by Farjeon, though I have tried other Farjeon novels in between. Ben is an unusual protagonist, contrasting with the pre-WW2 trend for aristocratic sleuths. He … Continue reading

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Neck and Neck (1951) by Leo Bruce

In today’s read, the narrator, Lionel Townsend, who chronicles the cases Sergeant Beef solves, is in for a more personal case, as his brother Vincent rings to tell him of their Aunt Aurora’s sudden death. It soon transpires that she … Continue reading

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Murder on the Tropic (1936) by Todd Downing

Last week I reviewed Clues and Corpses: The Detective Fiction and Mystery Criticism of Todd Downing (2013), so it only seemed fitting to take another look at Downing’s own detective stories. In this adventure Hugh Rennert, US Customs agent, is … Continue reading

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The Case of the Four Friends (1956) by J. C. Masterman

This was quite an unexpected story in a number of ways for me. Firstly we have the author ‘banish[ing]’ his introduction to the end of book, describing it as more like a ‘post-mortem’ or ‘postscript’ than as a ‘foreword.’ Then … Continue reading

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The Problem of the Wire Cage (1939) by John Dickson Carr

Today’s read is in preparation for JJ and Ben’s forthcoming discussion on this book, later this month. The only Carr novel I managed to read last year was Patrick Butler for the Defence (1956), which was not that great of … Continue reading

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Clues and Corpses: The Detective Fiction and Mystery Criticism of Todd Downing (2013) by Curtis Evans

Today’s review is a continuation of my plans to focus this month on some of the non-fiction books sitting on my TBR pile. One of the first things to interest me in this book, (on the very first page no … Continue reading

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Crime Writing in Interwar Britain (2017) by Victoria Stewart

Source: Review Copy (Cambridge University Press) As part of a general aim for this month, namely to get around to reading the various literary criticism I have on crime fiction, I decided to finish off reading this book today. Stewart … Continue reading

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The Agatha Christie Miscellany (2013) by Cathy Cook

I have a bit of a confession to make. I’ve not read a crime related book either fiction or non-fiction in nearly a week. I know positively criminal, but various factors prevented me from settling down to anything, so to … Continue reading

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Dancing Death (1931) by Christopher Bush

Source: Review Copy (Dean Street Press) This is a rare occasion where I actually manage to read a Christmas mystery in December, as very often I end up reading them much earlier in the year and looking at this month’s … Continue reading

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