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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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Was it Murder? (1931) by James Hilton

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Building other than a house James Hilton is one of those writers who frequently ends up only being well known for one thing they did and in his case it is his novel Goodbye Mr … Continue reading

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No Tears for Hilda (1950) by Andrew Garve

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Magnifying Glass I initially thought this was my first encounter with this author, but a little googling later and I realised I had actually come across him before, writing as Roger Bax. As well as … Continue reading

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Death Points a Finger (1933) by Will Levinrew

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Skeletal Hand Levinrew was the penname for Will Levine, an author I couldn’t really find much information on. He was born in 1881 and wrote during the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote a few crime … Continue reading

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Strange Holiday/ The Crime Coast (1931) by Elizabeth Gill

Source: Review Copy (Dean Street Press) Next February as I mentioned a few posts ago, the Dean Street Press are reprinting Elizabeth Gill’s three 1930s mystery novels, the other two being, What Dread Hand (1932) and Crime De Luxe (1933).Today’s … Continue reading

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The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929) by Anthony Berkeley

Source: Review Copy (British Library) This year I have reread quite a few mysteries, but today’s reread is one with a difference, well two differences really, that of including two additional chapters – one written in 1979 by Christianna Brand … Continue reading

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The Crime at Noah’s Ark (1931) by Molly Thynne

Source: Review Copy (Dean Street Press) Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Christmas Tree This is my second read by the recently reprinted Molly Thynne and unlike my own surroundings, of rare Northern English sunshine, the setting in this novel is … Continue reading

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Death in the Dentist’s Chair (1932) by Molly Thynne

Source: Review Copy (Dean Street Press) I’ve been looking forward to the Dean Street reprints of Molly Thynne, having first heard about them from Curtis Evans at The Passing Tramp, who has also written the excellent introductions for the DSP … Continue reading

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