Tag Archives: American Detective Fiction

The Judge is Reversed (1960) by Richard and Francis Lockridge

Richard and Francis Lockridge’s Pamela and Jerry North series is one I have somewhat neglected. A couple of years ago I read the 14th novel in the series, Murder in a Hurry (1950), but finding it rather average I have … Continue reading

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My Favourite Mary Roberts Rinehart Novel To Date: The Bat (1926)

The work of Mary Roberts Rinehart has cropped up in my reviews a couple of times this year already, with mixed success. However today I think I have read my favourite Rinehart novel to date. The Bat (1926) opens with … Continue reading

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A Quasi Locked Room Mystery in Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Haunted Lady (1942)

Apologies for the delay in this review getting posted, sure you’ve been dying to know what I made of this book. The Haunted Lady (1942) is the 4th Hilda Adams novel and unlike others I have read the narrative voice … Continue reading

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Cats Don’t Need Coffins (1946) by D. B. Olsen

Although the 7th book in Olsen’s Rachel Murdock series, this is my first experience of Olsen’s work. Between the 1930s and 50s Olsen wrote this series of a dozen novels, which all reference cats in the title, though in the … Continue reading

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Murder in the WPA (1937) by Alexander Williams

Source: Review Copy (Coachwhip Publications) Alexander Hazard Williams (1894 – 1952) led a very varied life, which he often drew upon for his detective fiction writing, which took place in the 1930s. Throughout his working life he was involved with … Continue reading

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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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The Adventuress (1917) by Arthur B Reeve

Source: Review Copy (Harper Collins) Arthur B. Reeve, as David Brawn intimates in his introduction to the Harper Collins reprint, was a household name during his writing career in the early 20th century. In particular he was well-known for his … Continue reading

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Exit a Star (1941) by Kathleen Moore Knight

Last month I had my first encounter with the work of Kathleen Moore Knight, when I reviewed The Trouble at Turkey Hill (1946), which is part of her Elisa Macomber series. Whilst there were many reasons for enjoying her writing … Continue reading

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The Canvas Dagger (1956) by Helen Reilly

Today’s read comes from another American mystery author new to me, Helen Reilly. There’s no mucking about in this story with the first line of the book getting straight to the point: ‘At 4:35 on the afternoon of October third … Continue reading

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My True Love Lies (1947) by Lenore Glen Offord

Source: Review Copy (Felony and Mayhem) After my first experience of Lenore Glen Offord last year, when I reviewed Skeleton Key (1943), which is the first Todd and Georgina mystery, I was keen to read more of her work. Fellow … Continue reading

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