Tag Archives: Country House Murder Mystery

Death on Tiptoe (1931) by R. C. Ashby

Ruby Constance Ashby (1899-1966), is an author I recently discovered, having come across the name and this particular story in passing. Thankfully I was lucky enough to secure a reasonably priced copy, because as with many obscure authors her work … 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 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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Suddenly at His Residence (1947) by Christianna Brand

So this week there is not just one review from Christianna Brand’s work, but two! This one is the classic country house murder mystery, set during World War 2. We are even given a family tree and told that out … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for Murder in Francis Duncan’s Murder for Christmas (1949)

‘No one could have foretold how it was going to end. Not even the murderer.’ Source: Review Copy Over the years I have read books which have started with prefaces, introductions and forewords but I think this is the first … Continue reading

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Annie Haynes’ Who Killed Charmian Karslake? (1929): Featuring Continental Clashes and an Increasingly Troubling Detective

Source: Review Copy ‘Guesses and surmises will not help us, and it strikes me there is a jolly lot of spade work in front of us before the mystery of Charmian Karslake’s death is elucidated.’ Out of the three Haynes’ … Continue reading

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J. Jefferson Farjeon’s Thirteen Guests (1936)

Having been globetrotting the world in my last few reviews (Norway, Japan and Brazil), I am now back on home soil with Farjeon’s Thirteen Guests (1936), one of the latest British Library reprints of Golden Age detective novels to be … Continue reading

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A Country House Murder Mystery by Ngaio Marsh: Death and the Dancing Footman (1942)

“It seems to me,” said Mandrake, “that you invited stark murder to your house. Frankly I can imagine nothing more terrifying than the prospect of this week-end. What do you propose to do with them?” “Let them enact their drama.” … Continue reading

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