Tag Archives: Ngaio Marsh

Murder in Pastiche (1955) by Marion Mainwaring

Metafiction and pastiches are definitely a form of the mystery genre I am keenly drawn to, having loved Leo Bruce’s Case for Three Detectives (1936). So I was quite excited when I came across this title on Curtis Evans’ blog … Continue reading

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Death at the Dog (1940) by Joanna Cannan

Cannan is a writer I have been meaning to return to for quite some time, since I read Murder Included (1950) early last year, but unfortunately I have not found it easy to procure reasonably priced copies of her work. … Continue reading

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Overture to Death (1939) by Ngaio Marsh

Today’s review is a re-read, as will be my next one. By and large most of what I review/read is new reads so it is nice to do some revisiting as well, (she says trying to justify having to get … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: A is for April… and Anything Goes: What makes a good Aristocratic Sleuth?

Ever keen to try something new, the Tuesday Night Bloggers have gone for a different type of theme this month: the letter A. Be it a book title, author, country or a more abstract theme; it all goes, as long … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: Favourite Sleuthing Couples

This week I decided to look at sleuthing couples in crime fiction, as part of this month’s Tuesday Night Blogger theme, love. I think for most readers many of my choices won’t be surprising, but I guess one of the … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: First Encounters

To kick the year off the Tuesday Night Bloggers are looking at crime fiction firsts this month. Already we have had posts looking at the origins of detective fiction, John Dickson Carr’s Dr Fell series and J. J. Connington’s first … Continue reading

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Gender and Representation in British ‘Golden Age’ Crime Fiction (2016) by Megan Hoffman

Source: Review Copy (Palgrave Macmillan) Not only is there a rise in the reprinting of golden age detective novels these days, but there is also a rise in the number of books coming out which seek to analyse such works, … Continue reading

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Death Goes Dancing (2014) by Mabel Esther Allan

Source: Review Copy (GreyLadies) Quite an unusual book for review today as Death Goes Dancing (2014) was written in the 1950s but was never published at the time because the publisher it went to stopped publishing fiction. Allan (1915-1998) seems … Continue reading

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So you want to be an actor? Detective Fiction’s Advice on Working in the Theatre

Already this week we have had advice from Agatha Christie on how to have a safe holiday and advice from Golden Age detective fiction writers on the perils of staying at a country house. This time around it is career … Continue reading

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Golden Age Advice on Staying at Country Houses

If there is one thing many characters in Golden Age Detective fiction do, it is being invited to and staying at country houses, either owned by family members, friends or acquaintances. On the face of it such an invite may … Continue reading

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