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The Trouble at Turkey Hill (1949) by Kathleen Moore Knight

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Spooky House/Mansion Kathleen Moore Knight is an American mystery writer who I chanced upon while looking for mystery fiction with weird and wonderful titles for a post I did a while back. She wrote quite … Continue reading

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Murder in Trinidad (1934) by J. W. Vandercook

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Boat Vandercook is an author who is new to me. He was London born, but went to live in New York when he was a child. He started out as an actor but then went … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie on Screen (2016) by Mark Aldridge

This has been a book I have been dipping into over the past few months and for anyone who is interested in film and TV adaptations of Agatha Christie’s work then this is certainly the book to buy. It covers … Continue reading

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Family Matters (1933) by Anthony Rolls

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Tree Source: Review Copy (British Library) My first experience with Rolls’ was not the best, but I am definitely glad that I decided to give him another go. The plot of Family Matters showcases Rolls’ … Continue reading

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Tenant for Death (1937) by Cyril Hare

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Shadowy Figure Rich at his blog Past Offences runs a monthly Crimes of the Century Challenge and this month’s chosen year is 1937, so I decided to review Cyril Hare’s first Inspector Mallett novel, Tenant … Continue reading

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All aboard for murder in Sebastian Japrisot’s The Sleeping-Car Murders (1962)

This is my latest foray into translated crime fiction, trying out an author new to me. The Sleeping-Car Murders (1962) was also adapted for film three years after it was published. Within a couple of pages we have our first … Continue reading

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Dr Priestley Investigates (1930) by John Rhode

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Hangman’s Noose Also known under its British title Pinehurst, Rhode’s novel has garnered quite a handful of positive reviews over time. Bookman likened the serial sleuth Dr Priestley to ‘Sherlock Holmes’, whilst Will Cuppy (whoever … Continue reading

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With a Bare Bodkin (1946) by Cyril Hare

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Telephone With a Bare Bodkin (1946) is a wartime set mystery, with Francis Pettigrew leaving his chambers to work as a legal advisor for Pin Control in Marsett Bay. Whilst at Marsett Bay, Pettigrew is … Continue reading

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The Body on Page One (1951) by Delano Ames

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Any other piece of furniture A reoccurring whinge of mine for the past year or so has been over how expensive it is to get a hold of this book. At last though I finally … Continue reading

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The Golden Dress (1940) by Ione Montgomery

On a recent hunt for new and obscure writers I came across Ione Montgomery, who is bit of a mystery in herself. I wasn’t able to find out much about her online, apart from the fact that Montgomery wrote only … Continue reading

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