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The Elusive Aunt: Always Say Die by Elizabeth Ferrars (1956)

During the blitz, scholarly Laurence Delborne asked his housekeeper Violet Gamlen to bring her niece, Helen, to the relative safety of the countryside. At the same time, he asked his grandnephew, Martin Andras to be sent over to his home at Burnstone too. The two children grew close during the war years and their friendship … Continue reading The Elusive Aunt: Always Say Die by Elizabeth Ferrars (1956)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Desire to Kill by Alice Campbell (1934)

Thomas Rostetter finds himself attending a party thrown by enfant terrible Dodo . The party consists of painters and writers and spiritual gurus and their disciples, all of whom are painted in mostly negative terms except for the American girl, Dinah Blake, a budding painter. The ‘saintly’ Dinah has been badly hurt by Dodo who … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Desire to Kill by Alice Campbell (1934)

Two Mysteries by John Rhode: Death on Sunday (1939) and Death at the Helm (1941)

After reading three mysteries by Miles Burton recently, I was able to borrow two mysteries of Cecil John Street’s other nom de plume, John Rhode. Death on a Sunday begins in Barleyfield Park, a rather upper-class boarding house that caters to the respectable gentry. There are people who have been knighted, reverends, widows with money… … Continue reading Two Mysteries by John Rhode: Death on Sunday (1939) and Death at the Helm (1941)

Literature of India: Dead End and Other Stories by Ajeet Cour

Every passing moment makes us suffer, though differently with different people. The very act of passing through life entails some bruises which nobody else can see. Though I had heard of Indian Punjabi author Ajeet Cour I hadn’t read her work till LO brought her book from the library, thinking that the title: Dead End, … Continue reading Literature of India: Dead End and Other Stories by Ajeet Cour

Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Policeman at the Door by Carol Carnac (1953)

Edith Caroline Rivett is better known by her pseudonym of E.C.R. Lorac. However, Rivett also wrote under other names. Today’s Friday Forgotten book is the one she wrote under the pseudonym of Carol Carnac and features two of her three series characters: Chief Inspector Rivers and Inspector Lancing. Solicitor William Thorpe, married to his, job … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Policeman at the Door by Carol Carnac (1953)

Poor Old Tiddy: I Don’t Like Cats by Lindsay Anson (1940)

“And what are you doing on Major Thirkell’s estate at this time of night? After birds?” “Birds? Oh, yess. I sought I heard a nightingale.” “A nightingale in November?” “Yess. it is very late, isn’t it?” “Late? It is impossible.” “Impossible. Yess. You see, I sought I heard one, and I knew it wass impossible … Continue reading Poor Old Tiddy: I Don’t Like Cats by Lindsay Anson (1940)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Footsteps Behind Me by Anthony Gilbert (1953)

Edward Lane – once almost awarded the Military Cross, for his valour during the first world war – has fallen so low in the aftermath of the second one, that he now blackmails people and both consumes and peddles drugs. When the novel opens, Ted is thinking of blackmailing four people but since one of … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Footsteps Behind Me by Anthony Gilbert (1953)

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