#1929 Club: Detective Debuts

Karen @ Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon @ Stuck in a Book are ready to host another chapter in their biannual reading club event. The year for October (24th-30th) is 1929. I love to participate in this but this month might not be able to do so because of being tied up in too many things. However, that did not stop me from taking a look at books published in 1929 and I was surprised to find a number of detectives making their debuts this year. If you want to start on a series, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so.

Here are they in no particular order:

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey (Alan Grant #1)

I quite liked Alan Grant in the couple of novels I have read and really wish to read the series in chronological order, esp since the books are available for free download on a number of sites.

Fool Errant by Patricia Wentworth (Benbow Smith #1)

An absolutely new name for me. I had no idea that Patricia (Miss Silver) Wentworth had written such a series.

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett (Continental Op #1)

Long been on my wishlist as I have heard great things about it. Incidentally, the second in the series: The Dain Curse was published this same year.

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen (Ellery Queen #1)

I have had mixed experience with Queen but would like to read another one of his.

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham (Albert Campion #1)

Have read and reviewed this one and it still surprises that a side-character whom I found irritatingly buffoonish became such a star.

The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield (Napoleon ‘Bony’ Bonaparte #1)

I really wish I have time to read this because the mixed-race indigenous Australian inspector attracts me since his fellow-detectives were for the most part White Upper-Class gentry.

The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart (Sarah Keate #1)

A nurse investigating murder in a hospital, count me in.

Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell (Mrs. Bradley #1)

Another author whom I would like to begin anew.

Death of My Aunt by C.H.B. Kitchin (Malcolm Warren #1)

This I enjoyed, though it wasn’t this lovely Hogarth edition.

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Have you read any of these? Which one would you recommend? Which one is on your wishlist/ TBR? Are you taking part in the event? What books have you selected?

If you would like to take part in the event, here is a recent post by Karen with the details.

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20 thoughts on “#1929 Club: Detective Debuts

  1. It’s so interesting, Neeru, how many series made their debuts in 1929! I liked The Crime at Black Dudley, although it’s quite different to the other Albert Campion novels; Campion himself plays a different role, and isn’t the protagonist. I hope you like it if you get to it. I think the Ellery Queen series got better as it went along, at least for a while. And I’m so glad you included Arthur Upfield! I really like the ‘Bony’ character. All in all, a great set of choices here!

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    1. Even I was surprised Margot at the number of debuts. As mentioned in the post, I didn’t enjoy Dudley and Campion was presented as too much of a buffoon. Glad to hear about the Ellery Queen series. More than any other book on the list, I want to read the Bony book. Now that you have also shown your liking for the character, I am all the more eager.😀

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  2. I completely forgot it was this month! It would be my first participation but fingers crossed I will be able to read for this challenge.
    Maybe I will start with a few from your list. 😊 I have read Roman Hat Mystery already. Not new to Wentworth or Allingham either.

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    1. Plz do (start from the list, that is). It’s a lovely event and I hope you enjoy it. How is the Roman Hat mystery? Have read just one book of Wentworth which I enjoyed but Allingham I have stopped reading though I rate her Tiger in the Smoke very high.

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      1. I read Roman Hat three years ago. I don’t remember much, but I guess I did like it. There’s another EQ that I read (can’t remember the title) and found it too dramatic for my taste.
        Allingham, I have read a couple of Campion but I find it a bit difficult to follow her writing – it’s like an acquired taste.
        I haven’t read Miss Silver series but have given Wentworth’s standalone books a try.

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        1. Thanks Rekha. Allingham I used to like but her racist sub-text in Police at the Funeral put me off. And I never really warmed up to Campion. The one Wentworth that I read: The Clock Strikes 12 is a Miss Silver mystery and a fine one too. Loved the characterisation. Will see whether I can read Roman Hat for the event:)

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  3. What a wonderful selection of GA crime – with 1929 I feel you could just wallow in mysteries for the whole week! I have read some of these and may well revisit them – I can decide. Hope you can join in, but if not, hope you find some interesting posts to read! 😀

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  4. I just realized recently that the 1929 Club was this month and I have yet to make any plans for it. Most of the books I have from that year I have already read and reviewed. Red Harvest would be a good candidate, if I could find my copy.

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  5. I’ve only read The Crime at Black Dudley, though I’ve read other books by several of the authors. I’ve never really managed to become a Campion fan – I always find him irritating. Like you, I hadn’t heard of that Patricia Wentworth series – must investigate!

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    1. Thank you, FF. I am so glad that somebody else also finds Campion irritating😄 That Wentworth series was really surprising. The book is available for free download at Faded Page if you want to read it.

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  6. To my shame, I’ve never read any of them, though I do have a few of the authors on my list to read. In my defence, this was 40 years before I was born (and I am getting on a bit).

    Is there any one in particular that you’d recommend I start with?

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    1. Of these I have read three: Black Dudley, Death of my Aunt, and Room 18 (recently for the event). I don’t recommend the first, but the second and third are okay. Have also started the Upfield one. It is interesting because it has a mixed-race detective and is as much about the murder as the socio-culture scenario of Australia. So it’s slow-going if you want a fast-paced adventure.

      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been kind of busy and am visiting my blog after some time. Thanks for the visit.

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