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?
THE BOOK Welworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home – vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups. Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K. Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment,… Continue reading Review – ‘Death Makes A Prophet’ by John Bude
Happy Friday everyone! I just wanted to share with you this lovely e-mail I had a couple of weeks ago from a lady telling me how much she enjoys my reviews for The British Library Crime Classics. Readers of this blog will know I’m not shy about my love for these Golden Age crime reads… Continue reading Review Appreciation!
THE BOOK A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris – belonging to the city’s chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri… Continue reading Review – ‘Continental Crimes’ edited by Martin Edwards