Author Belton Cobb had been on my reading radar since I read this post @ Pretty Sinister Books. Though I didn’t get the book that John has praised so handsomely, recently I was able to borrow two other mysteries by him. Inspector Burmann’s Black Out “You may know, Inspector- but I don’t – that you … Continue reading Two Books by Belton Cobb →
The Coles, Margaret and her husband Douglas, were activists and intellectuals who wrote on weighty subjects but also wrote some 30+ mysteries. Over the years since I first read them, I have read a few more of their books but have been amiss in reviewing them. This week, however, I finished two more of their … Continue reading Two Mysteries by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole →
Miles Burton has been more miss than hit with me yet when I see his books I usually borrow them. Recently, I was lucky to find three of his lesser-known titles. Where is Barbara Prentice? When a police officer finds part of a fur coat wrapped around the buffer of an engine, he is bewildered … Continue reading Three Mysteries by Miles Burton →
I discovered author Harry Carmichael last year and he immediately went on that list of authors whose books I pick up without thinking twice. Dr Andrew Wingate finished his evening surgery on an overcast Monday in June and after having asked his receptionist to go home too as she was unwell, proceeded to make home-calls … Continue reading Short Notes: Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael (1978) →
While looking around for a book to read for The 1954 Book Club jointly hosted by Karen @ Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon @ Stuck in a Book , I came across this little-known book by Joseph Hayes. A look at the blurb and I knew that it was the source of a taut Hindi … Continue reading #1954 Club: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes →
I have been facing a major blogging block but now the review pile has grown so big that I must really start writing or else… Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell are new authors for me. Little information is available on the duo except that both worked at the BBC, Marvell’s real name was Eric Mashwitz, … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: Two Books by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell →
Harriet and Graham have been happily married for twenty years when one fine day, Graham doesn’t return from his office. A worried Harriet thinks of all kind of scenarios but when a month later, she receives a cheque of 100 pounds from a firm of solicitors with a letter explaining that she’d receive a similar … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Hunt the Slipper by Henry Cecil (1977) →
I have recently joined a reading group @ Goodreads that is into reading detective fiction of a vintage hue. One of the books selected for January was Catherine Aird’s The Religious Body. Since Aird had been on my reading radar for long and this is the first of her Sloan & Crosby series, I jumped … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966) →
Usually my reading depends merely on my moods but this month I made it a point to pick up books written by Black authors. Coincidently both of them turned out to be published by independent publishers. Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon This book began in a fantastic manner. Gethsemane Brown, an accomplished violinist … Continue reading #BlackHistoryMonth #ReadIndies Murder in G Major and Spare Room →
Upcoming Scottish painter, James Lindsay, runs into Francoise de Montfaucon, Marquise de Bellac, and wife of Philippe de Montfaucon, Marquis de Bellac, in Paris. Once he had been hopelessly in love with her and had even proposed to her repeatedly but she had married the titled nobleman who had been friend and room-mate of James. … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Day of the Arrow by Philip Loraine (1964) #ReadIndies →
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