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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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Death From A Top Hat (1938) by Clayton Rawson

Rawon is an author I have been aware of for a while but not tried until now, so thank you to the Puzzle Doctor (writer of In Search of the Classic Mystery blog) for the loan of Rawson’s first Merlini … Continue reading

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The Bodies from the Library Conference: 2017

Yesterday I went to the third Bodies from the Library conference at the British Library and it was another great day full of interesting talks and even a Poirot lookalike. It was also great meeting up with a number of … Continue reading

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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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The Lyttleton Case (1922) by R. A. V. Morris

Source: Review Copy (Harper Collins) The full name of the author under review today, is Ronald Arthur Vennor Morris (1877-1943) – you can see why he shortened it! Morris only wrote the one mystery novel and it is suggested that … 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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A Puzzle in Poison (1938) by Anthony Berkeley

This is my first new to me Berkeley novel in quite a while. I love his work as Francis Iles; Malice Aforethought (1931) and Before the Fact (1932), but I have had a more mixed experience with his Berkeley novels, … Continue reading

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The Hanging Captain (1933) by Henry Wade

It has been a while since I have read anything by Wade, but a fortuitous charity shop visit gave me some lucky finds and this is one of them. The story opens with a tennis party. Gerald Sterron is staying … Continue reading

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The Case of the Platinum Blonde (1944) by Christopher Bush

This is an author I have known about for a while now, but despite being quite prolific (writing over 60 novels), Bush nowadays is not always that easy to get a hold of. The book begins in a reassuringly Golden … Continue reading

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