Category Archives: In the dock

Anonymous Footsteps (1932) by John M. O’Connor

Source: Coach Whip Publications (Review Copy) John M. O’Connor (1909-1975), is one of those many authors who have been rediscovered by chance, in this case due to clippings and notes inside a copy of a book, being uncovered when coming … Continue reading

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Vanishing Point (1955) by Patricia Wentworth

I’ve had mixed experiences with this author as my regular readers will know, but I was intrigued by this particular title, as the peculiar circumstances which take place in the story occur near an Air Ministry’s experimental station. This didn’t … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: Helen’s Month: Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Swedish Match’ (1883)

Earlier last month one of our founder Tuesday Night Bloggers members, Helen Szamuely died and as a tribute to her the Tuesday Night Bloggers are featuring posts this month on some of her great interests in life: Europe, History and … Continue reading

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Heir Presumptive (1935) by Henry Wade

Today’s review takes us back to the work of Henry Wade, whose novel The Hanging Captain (1933), I recently reviewed, which focuses on a police led investigation into the death of a country home owner. Today’s novel though is quite … Continue reading

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Keep It Quiet (1935) by Richard Hull

I’m really pleased to be reviewing this book as I loved The Murder of My Aunt (1934), but I have not been able to get my hands on more of Hull’s work since then. Based on these two books I … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: Helen’s Month: Sidney Carroll’s ‘A Note for the Milkman’ (1950)

Earlier last month one of our founder Tuesday Night Bloggers members, Helen Szamuely died and as a tribute to her the Tuesday Night Bloggers are featuring posts this month on some of her great interests in life: Europe, History and … Continue reading

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A Puzzle in Poison (1938) by Anthony Berkeley

This is my first new to me Berkeley novel in quite a while. I love his work as Francis Iles; Malice Aforethought (1931) and Before the Fact (1932), but I have had a more mixed experience with his Berkeley novels, … Continue reading

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Dark Days (1885) by Hugh Conway and Much Darker Days by Andrew Lang

David Brawn, in the introduction to Harper Collins’ reprint of this story, brings up a salient point. The qualities which made Conway a popular writer in the 1880s, were not necessarily those found in popular detective/crime novels in 1930 (when … Continue reading

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The Hanging Captain (1933) by Henry Wade

It has been a while since I have read anything by Wade, but a fortuitous charity shop visit gave me some lucky finds and this is one of them. The story opens with a tennis party. Gerald Sterron is staying … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: Helen’s Month: Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder (1976)

Earlier last month one of our founder Tuesday Night Bloggers members, Helen Szamuely, died and as a tribute to her the Tuesday Night Bloggers are featuring posts this month on some of her great interests in life: Europe, History and … Continue reading

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