THE BOOK In London’s Bloomsbury, Inspector Julian Rivers of Scotland Yard looks down at a dismal scene. Here is the victim, burnt to a crisp. Here are the clues – clues which point to a good climber and expert skier, and which lead Rivers to the piercing sunshine and sparkling snow of the Austrian… Continue reading Book Review – ‘Crossed Skis’ by Carol Carnac
Fell Murder by ECR Lorac Farming family, the Garths, have presided over their fertile lands for years, their acres sweeping over the Lancashire dales. Head of the family Robert Garth rules with an iron rod and it will come as no surprise to readers that he is the one that comes a-cropper, reaching a… Continue reading British Library Crime Classics – Bite Sized Reviews – ‘Fell Murder’ by ECR Lorac, ‘The Body in the Dumb River’ by George Bellairs and ‘Deep Waters’ edited by Martin Edwards
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the British Library Crime Classics – I am so happy that the British Library have uncovered and reissued these gems. They are wonderful reads and have the most fantastic covers. Here are reviews for a couple that I’ve read recently! If you like a… Continue reading British Library Crime Classics – Bite Sized Reviews – ‘Smallbone Deceased’ by Michael Gilbert, ‘Blood On The Tracks’ edited by Martin Edwards and ‘Weekend At Thrackley’ by Alan Melville.
THE BOOK Edward Powell lives with his Aunt Mildred in the Welsh town of Lywll. His aunt thinks Lywll an idyllic place to live, but Edward loathes the countryside – and thinks the company even worse. In face, Edward has decided to murder his aunt. A darkly humorous depiction of fraught family ties, ‘The Murder… Continue reading Book Review – ‘The Murder of My Aunt’ by Richard Hull
THE BOOK Bruce Attleton dazzled London’s literary scene with his first two novels – but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife Sybilla is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce’s failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent’s Park. When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to… Continue reading Book Review – ‘Bats in the Belfry’ by E.C.R Lorac
THE BOOK In the winter of 1942, England lies cold and dark in the wartime blackout. One bleak evening, Councillor Grayling steps off the 6.12 from Euston, carrying £120 in cash, and oblivious to the fate that awaits him in the snow-covered suburbs. Inspector Holly draws up a list of Grayling’s fellow passengers: his distrusted… Continue reading Book Review – ‘Somebody At The Door’ by Raymond Postgate
THE BOOK Each December, Adrian Gray invites his extended family to stay at his lonely house, Kings Poplars. None of Gray’s six surviving children is fond of him; several have cause to wish him dead. The family gathers on Christmas Eve – and by the following morning, their wish has been granted. This fascinating and… Continue reading Book Review – ‘Portrait of a Murderer’ by Anne Meredith
THE BOOK Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. While hunting for silverware to steal, Ted stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies. Detective Inspector Kendall takes on the case with the help of passing yachtsman… Continue reading Book Review – ‘Seven Dead’ by J.Jefferson Farjeon
THE BOOK In classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur – whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike a blow for the professionals, with teasing mysteries to challenge hard-working police officers’ persistence and scrupulous attention to detail. As in… Continue reading Book Review – ‘The Long Arm of the Law’ edited by Martin Edwards
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn over at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing… Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?