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Murder on the Blackboard (1932) by Stuart Palmer

This is the 3rd Hildegarde Withers mystery and weirdly also my third read by Palmer. Palmer is said to have referred to his creation as a ‘meddlesome old battle axe,’ but I think she is the kind of old battle … Continue reading

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Murder Has a Motive (1947) by Francis Duncan

I didn’t have the strongest of starts with this author, with a poorly paced read in Murder for Christmas (1949), putting me off trying another. However, positive reviews from bloggers such as Tom Cat on other titles by this author … Continue reading

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The Layton Court Mystery (1925) by Anthony Berkeley

Today’s review is a re-read for me, having first read it a couple of years ago. This was Berkeley’s first novel and I feel the dedication he includes to his father at the beginning is quite interesting in the aims … Continue reading

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The Case of the Turning Tide (1941) by Erle Stanley Gardner

Regular readers will perhaps know that I am not the world’s greatest fan of Gardner and his famous lawyer/sleuth Perry Mason. However, I decided to return to him when I came across this novel in my local Oxfam for a … Continue reading

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The Ingenious Mr Stone (1945) by Robert Player

This multi-narrator story looks at the events which first lead up to the murder of Philippa Langdon-Miles, headmistress of an all-girl boarding school and then the later death of her sister, Mrs Beatrice Warburton. The task of narrating the story … Continue reading

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The Murder at Sissingham Hall (2014) by Clara Benson

The publication history for this work is a little unusual as Benson, born in 1890, wrote a series of 10 mystery novels featuring Angela Marchmont and 3 mystery novels featuring Freddy Pilkington-Soames, when she was a young woman but never … Continue reading

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Death From A Top Hat (1938) by Clayton Rawson

Rawon is an author I have been aware of for a while but not tried until now, so thank you to the Puzzle Doctor (writer of In Search of the Classic Mystery blog) for the loan of Rawson’s first Merlini … Continue reading

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The Piccadilly Murder (1929) by Anthony Berkeley

Today’s read is a speedy return to the work of Anthony Berkeley, as last week I reviewed another of his works, Mr Priestley’s Problems (1927). The Piccadilly Murder (1929) features Berkeley’s spasmodic and unusual serial character, Ambrose Chitterwick, who first … Continue reading

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Enter Sir John (1928) by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson

This is a writing duo I have known of for quite a while (think I came across them first in Martin Edwards’ The Golden Age of Murder (2015)), but I haven’t been able to procure any of their work (at … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Mystery with Crime at Diana’s Pool (1926) by Victor L Whitechurch

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Graveyard Whitechurch is a golden age detective fiction writer I have known about for a while but haven’t tried his work until today. The maxim of write what you know seems to apply in the … Continue reading

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