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 you see. So I sought … Continue reading Poor Old Tiddy: I Don’t Like Cats by Lindsay Anson (1940)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert (1943)

"One of them did it, of course," he told himself, "but we shall never know which, so what the hell?" A tense figure waits near a staircase, in anticipation. Suddenly there is a cry of fire and panicked figures come running out of the dark, converging near the staircase. A candle is lighted but before … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert (1943)

Two Books by Belton Cobb

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

Three Mysteries by Miles Burton

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

Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

This week in Top Ten Tuesdays hosted @That Artsy Reader Girl, we have been asked to name top ten (or more or less) new authors whom we discovered last year. Well, last year I read a host of new authors from those whom I made a special point to read like Reginald Hill and Shelley … Continue reading Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Miss Jessica’s Stick by Aylmer Hunter (1942)

" There's good stuff in all the Mildmays. And bad stuff too. Either win the V.C. or commit murder." @ebay Jane Carstairs has been through a lot. At the age of 21 while she was all rich and comfortable, her father lost everything on certain dubious speculations. In what was termed a fit of insanity … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Miss Jessica’s Stick by Aylmer Hunter (1942)

Malicious: Death at the Wedding by Anne Hocking (1946)

Major William Austen is not happy with his current position in the army. As the war nears its end, he wants to go back to his earlier position in the Scotland Yard. He is currently a top-shot in the espionage department but wants to become a Chief Inspector once again. His friend Andrea tells him … Continue reading Malicious: Death at the Wedding by Anne Hocking (1946)

Murder in MESS: The Crimson Cat by Francis Grierson (1944)

Like Cecil Freeman Gregg whom I read recently, Francis Grierson is another prolific writer who is virtually unknown today. Here is an informative post on him: https://tellersofweirdtales.blogspot.com/2013/11/francis-d-grierson-1888-1972.html Grierson's series character, Superintendent George Muir is at the Ministry of Estimates and Social Service (MESS) when the novel opens. He is there to investigate the leaks that … Continue reading Murder in MESS: The Crimson Cat by Francis Grierson (1944)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Old Manor by Cecil Freeman Gregg (1945)

MasterMoreton opened his eyes at this admission and stared up into the inspector's face with renewed interest, suddenly remembering the conversation in the train and his disparagement of the police in general. Bit of a floater really but... Young Augustine Marryon Moreton is in low spirits. Not because of his name or short height or … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Old Manor by Cecil Freeman Gregg (1945)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Time for a Murder by Gilbert Coverack (1941)

Sonia Caffyn is visited one day by an old man, Micah Vickery, who was in love with her grandmother years ago. A lover's tiff had seen the two (Micah and Sonia's grandmother, Margaret) drifting apart and Margaret marrying somebody else. Micah has never forgotten her, however, and now in his old age, he wants all … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Time for a Murder by Gilbert Coverack (1941)