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A Bullet In the Ballet (1937) by Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon

Today’s read is another title mentioned by Martin Edward in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (2017), as will my next read for that matter. Again thankfully this is another writing duo who are easy to get a … Continue reading

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Cold Blood (1952) by Leo Bruce

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Blunt Instrument This is the last novel Bruce wrote featuring his serial characters Sergeant Beef and journalist and writer Townsend, who narrates Beef’s case. One significant change though is that unlike in the other Bruce … Continue reading

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A Comic Flop with Pamela Branch’s Murder’s Little Sister (1958)

Based on my first two experiences of reading this author (The Lion in the Cellar (1951) and The Wooden Overcoat (1951)), I was looking forward to reading this book and felt confident it would be a good read. However, I … Continue reading

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The Corpse Steps Out (1940) by Craig Rice

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Mask A few weeks ago I reviewed Home Sweet Homicide by Rice (1944) where a trio of wise cracking children solve the murder of their next door neighbour. It was a book to be enjoyed … Continue reading

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A Brilliant Series Finish in Joan Coggin’s Dancing with Death (1947)

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Tombstone Joan Coggins is one of the Golden Age’s less well known mystery writers, but in the 1940s she wrote a quartet of novels featuring serial sleuth Lady Lupin, who may appear silly and foolish … Continue reading

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Spine Chilling Victim and a Loveable Comic Sleuth in Joan Coggin’s Penelope Passes or Why Did She Die? (1946)

Joan Coggin is one of the Golden Age’s overlooked and mostly forgotten authors. She may not have been a prolific author, only writing 4 crime fiction novels, the other three being Who Killed the Curate? (1944), The Mystery of Orchard … Continue reading

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Another Great Read From Alan Melville: Death of Anton (1936)

I was keen to return to this author, since another of his works, Quick Curtain (1934), was the first novel I reviewed for my blog (see link below) and I had really enjoyed Melville’s writing style. The setting of this … Continue reading

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Let the Tiger Die (1947) by Manning Coles

Thankfully one can say from the outset that no tiger was harmed in the course of this novel (all animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief). Therefore, this title is a fairly abstract one and the puzzle of who … Continue reading

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