Tag Archives: Thriller

They Came to Baghdad (1951) by Agatha Christie

Thrillers were never Christie’s strongest writing suit but I think this is one of her better ones. It begins well with a good opening, slowing revealing character and place. The external appearance of these are soon shown not to be … Continue reading

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Seven Dead (1939) by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Source: Review Copy (British Library) Farjeon was an author I looked at a few times when I first started my blog, reviewing titles such as Thirteen Guests (1936), The Z Murders (1932) and The House Opposite (1931). But I haven’t … Continue reading

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Spider Web (1938) by Alice Campbell

Alice Campbell was an author I came across earlier this year when researching for my blogpost on weird mystery fiction titles, which you can find here if you missed it at the time. Though unlike Campbell’s 1946 novel, The Cockroach … Continue reading

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The Power-House (1913) by John Buchan

I’ve not read much by Buchan, in fact I have only ever read The 39 Steps, before reading today’s read; a novella sized story, which was originally published in Blackwood’s Magazine and was reprinted by Polygon back in 2007. Stella … Continue reading

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Murder in Trinidad (1934) by J. W. Vandercook

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Boat Vandercook is an author who is new to me. He was London born, but went to live in New York when he was a child. He started out as an actor but then went … Continue reading

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Look Your Last (1943) by John Stephen Strange

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Knife The last time I read Strange’s work I found the plotline of Deadly Beloved (1952) a bit too predictable. However, given the chosen year for this month’s Crime of the Century challenge, a challenge … Continue reading

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A Battle of Genres in Agatha Christie’s The Big Four (1927)

Source: Review Copy (Harper Collins) I have been thinking of re-reading this book for a while and the recent reprint of it by Harper Collins gave me the nudge I needed. Back when I first read this book I remember … Continue reading

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The Man Who Was Not There (1943) by Ethel Lina White

The story, which was published as The Man Who Loved Lions in the UK, begins with a very excited and determined Ann Sherborne going for a reunion of the Sullied Souls club, which 7 years ago consisted of her and six others … Continue reading

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Cork on the Water (1951) by Macdonald Hastings

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Fishing Gear Macdonald Hastings, the penname of journalist and war correspondent, Douglas Edward Macdonald (1909-1982), is an author who was new to me and it was also a fairly new experience to read a mystery … Continue reading

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Send for Paul Temple (1938) by Francis Durbridge

This is my second return to Durbridge’s Paul Temple tales, though unfortunately my last read, Paul Temple and the Front Page Men (1939), was a bit disappointing. However, today’s book, Send for Paul Temple (1938) is Temple’s debut appearance and … Continue reading

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