Tag Archives: American Detective Fiction

Locked Doors (1932) by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Short read and review from me today and another adventure featuring Nurse Hilda Adams. This time she is called into an unusual case by her police acquaintance Inspector Patton, taking over from another nurse who after 4 days of replacing … Continue reading

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Voyage into Violence (or in this case boredom) (1956) by Richard and Frances Lockridge

This is my second foray into the world of Jerry and Pamela North this year and this time they are on a cruise holiday to the West Indies. The book begins with an opening which given its focus on clothes, … Continue reading

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The Golden Spiders (1953) by Rex Stout

I am not one of Rex Stout’s biggest fans. I don’t actively dislike his work but at the same time I’m not invariably jumping up and down with excitement over his work. However, I decided to give him another go, … Continue reading

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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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