Tag Archives: World War 2

With a Bare Bodkin (1946) by Cyril Hare

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Telephone With a Bare Bodkin (1946) is a wartime set mystery, with Francis Pettigrew leaving his chambers to work as a legal advisor for Pin Control in Marsett Bay. Whilst at Marsett Bay, Pettigrew is … Continue reading

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Evidence of Things Seen (1943) by Elizabeth Daly

With only a day to go until the end of the month I am sneaking in one final read for Rich’s monthly crimes of the century challenge, which he runs at his blog Past Offences. Aside from the relevant publication … 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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Death has Deep Roots (1951) by Michael Gilbert

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Knife I have only read one book by Gilbert before, a collection of short stories called Mr Calder and Mr Behrens (1982). It wasn’t quite my thing so I haven’t returned to this author until … Continue reading

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Measure for Murder (1941) by Clifford Witting

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Bird This is my first experience of reading Clifford Witting’s work and according to him this story had its roots in a real live production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (1604), which Witting saw in … Continue reading

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Best till Last: Harriet Rutland’s Blue Murder (1942)

Source: Review Copy This was Rutland’s final novel and was written under difficult personal circumstances, including her divorce, looking after a small child and also trying to not get blown to piece during the German bombings of WW2. Overall I … Continue reading

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The Fifth Man (1946) by Manning Coles

  The blurb on my copy states that: ‘Five British prisoners have escaped from the Nazis – or have they? British Intelligence suspects an elaborate ruse and that one of the five may well be a double agent prepared for … Continue reading

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