Last Read of 2021: In Andamans: The Indian Bastille by Bejoy Kumar Sinha (1939)

2021 is not ending on a good note and my last read of the year too was pretty grim in places. The Andamans are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal off the eastern coast of India. Separated from mainland India, they are still home to the indigenous people who have been here … Continue reading Last Read of 2021: In Andamans: The Indian Bastille by Bejoy Kumar Sinha (1939)

Deadly Lilies: Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)

"Well," Jack inquired amiably, "been any murders today?" One of the best ways to travel is through books and thus I was delighted to borrow Murder in Bermuda from the library. Though I have heard of the Bermuda triangle and read a book and seen a movie on it, I have no clear-cut idea about … Continue reading Deadly Lilies: Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)

In Pursuit: The Hunted Man by Walter S. Masterman (1938)

"Here, steady on! we are not in Chicago, you know."..."We are in London and that is far more dangerous because it is safer." Earlier this year I read The Death Coins by an author new to me - Walter S. Masterman. I did not enjoy the book but was also not ready to dismiss the … Continue reading In Pursuit: The Hunted Man by Walter S. Masterman (1938)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Judy of Bunter’s Buildings by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1936)

Of all the sounds in this gathering darkness that was the one which she had dreaded most. Judy is a dancer at a bar called the Green Man which is frequented by sailors. When the novel opens, Judy is at her room in Bunter's Buildings when she hears another tenant making his way to the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Judy of Bunter’s Buildings by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1936)

The Sark Street Chapel Murder by Thomas Cobb (1930)

"Imagination's a good servant but a bad master." Godfrey Martson, secretary and friend to Ernest Prentice and his wife, Olivia, is distressed when he sees their marriage falling apart. His distress increases when he is informed that Olivia has been seeing a lot of Lord Byron-lookalike-actor Carrington Case. When he talks to Olivia about it, … Continue reading The Sark Street Chapel Murder by Thomas Cobb (1930)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1933)

"The terrible domination of the old and helpless..." It is the 1930s. The entire world may be facing the great depression but for five families in the exclusive cul-de-sac called The Crescent life still flows easily with maids (who even remove one's footwear), chauffeurs, laundresses, cooks and other luxuries. Time and manner seemed to be … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1933)

(Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Then a dispute arose between d’Arlon, his wife, and Émile. There were six of us, including Émile, who were supposed to share the table. But seven settings had been laid.Émile claimed he had taken the number of place settings prepared by his mistress. She claimed to have laid out the correct number. According to John … Continue reading (Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville (1934)

I enjoyed Alan Melville's Death of Anton so much that I was keen to read more of him and decided on this because I really need a weekend away from the nightmare that we are living right now. Jim Henderson has been trying to survive in the Post WWI years. Without any stable job and … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville (1934)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Poison in the Parish by Milward Kennedy (1935)

Miss Tomlin's body is exhumed six months after she died thanks to vicious rumours going round the village. O perhaps not merely rumours for the body is found to be full of arsenic. The Chief Constable asks his friend, the physically challenged Francis Antony to dig around a little so that they can find the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Poison in the Parish by Milward Kennedy (1935)

Short Notes: Dark Lady by J.J. Farjeon (1938)

Lena Dale returns home arguing with her husband Henry. As their quarrel turns more ugly, Lena retires to her room. But soon she is back again in the drawing room where her husband lies dead in a pool of blood. A shocked Lena is still more shocked when a masked man emerges from the library. … Continue reading Short Notes: Dark Lady by J.J. Farjeon (1938)