The #1956 Club: The Diehard by Jean Potts

"You've had your cake and et it too, all these years." Lew Morgan is the undisputed king of Turk Ridge. Once a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Lew has made it to the top, by his enterprise and industriousness, as well as by marrying Olive Whitt, whose father had owned everything in … Continue reading The #1956 Club: The Diehard by Jean Potts

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Eighty Dollars to Stamford by Lucille Fletcher (1975)

"Now, will you please take me. Please, David." Her voice broke. "I can't delay a moment longer....it's a matter of life and death." David Marks is a haunted man. Six months ago, while walking home, his wife died in front of him: victim of a hit-and-run accident. Now Marks lives to take his revenge against … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Eighty Dollars to Stamford by Lucille Fletcher (1975)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Passenger to Nowhere by Anthony Gilbert (1965)

"...there are old women living in big houses in all the country districts in France. Sometimes one remembers - they could die and who would know? They have no friends because they desire none - they have met life alone, they meet death alone." Sarah Hollis, nursing a broken heart after her fiancé breaks off … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Passenger to Nowhere by Anthony Gilbert (1965)

Two Novels by Joan Fleming: A Daisy Chain for Satan (1950) and Maiden’s Prayer (1957)

British author, Joan Fleming, is one of the authors I am reading for Rick Mill's Six-Shooter Challenge. Over the past couple of weeks, I read two of her novels. In A Daisy Chain for Satan, Tom Ravensden returns from France to his village in England at the insistence of his nephew, Silas. Once in love … Continue reading Two Novels by Joan Fleming: A Daisy Chain for Satan (1950) and Maiden’s Prayer (1957)

He ain’t no Dickson Carr: E.P. Oppenheim’s The Golden Beast (1926)

Lord Israel Honerton sits watching his family at the dinner table, his thoughts tinged with melancholy when a servant enters and tells Israel's eldest son,Cecil, that the gamekeeper John Heggs wants to talk to him regarding the hunting expedition the next day. Cecil, for some reason apprehensive, leaves the table and meets the Keeper who … Continue reading He ain’t no Dickson Carr: E.P. Oppenheim’s The Golden Beast (1926)

Books of 1940: The 24th Horse, and They Don’t Dance Much

One of the Reading Challenges that I greatly enjoy participating in is the Birth Year Reading Challenge hosted by Jane @ Hotchpot Cafe. For this year's challenge, I've selected the year 1940 and for this purpose read two books recently. "If you don't know anything at all about jumping, we take you through a series … Continue reading Books of 1940: The 24th Horse, and They Don’t Dance Much

Two Books by John Dickson Carr: It Walks by Night (1930) and The Mad Hatter Mystery (1933)

Sometimes you read books which are so popular and talked about that it is difficult to write anything on them. In the past couple of months I read two of Carr's novels: His debut, It Walks by Night featuring his (not-so-popular) series character Henri Bencolin, and The Mad Hatter Mystery, the second in his Dr. … Continue reading Two Books by John Dickson Carr: It Walks by Night (1930) and The Mad Hatter Mystery (1933)

Short Notes: Death of a Stray Cat by Jean Potts (1955)

Marcella Eweing's body is found in the house of bookseller Alex Blair. As the chief of police, Ed Fuller, investigates he finds that Marcella had a string of lovers including Alex. This comes as a shock to Alex's wife Gen who leaves him while she tries to come to terms with Alex's infidelity. Meanwhile more … Continue reading Short Notes: Death of a Stray Cat by Jean Potts (1955)