#1929 Club: The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield and The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart

Napoleon 'Bony' Bonaparte, born to a White father and an Australian Aboriginal woman, had been on my wishlist for a long time. I was curious to read a 'mixed-race' protagonist when the detectives were, for the most part, propah British gentlemen. So when the 1929 club approached and I saw that Bony's debut was in … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield and The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart

#1929 Club: The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne

British author, Molly Thynne had long been on my reading radar but it was a compelling review by my blogging friend, Rekha [Check out her wonderful blog @ The Book Decoder] that finally pushed me into reading her. When the novel begins, we are aboard The Enriqueta, a luxury-liner, on its way from Buenos Aires … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne

#1929 Club: The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Though I have read a couple of Josephine Tey's Alan Grant novels, the #1929 club being hosted by Simon and Karen gave me an excellent opportunity to read his first case. A widely popular stage show is winding up in a week and crowds are thronging to the theatre to see the beautiful actress Ray … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

#1929 Club: The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Major Henry Owston, demobbed, without any job or financial security and definitely bitter is counting his last pennies when he reaches Breezeley Mansion, a sinister looking mansion somewhere in the backwaters. Carrying a letter of introduction and his last hopes, he presents himself before wheelchair user Martin Hews, the master of the house. Hews surprises … Continue reading #1929 Club: The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim

#1954 Club: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

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

#BlackHistoryMonth #ReadIndies Murder in G Major and Spare Room

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

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Day of the Arrow by Philip Loraine (1964) #ReadIndies

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

#GermanLitMonth: Pigeons on the Grass by Wolfgang Koeppen (1951)

Pigeons on the grass, that is how certain modern minds regarded people, while they strove to expose that which was senseless and apparently coincidental in human existence, to portray man as free of God, then to leave him fluttering about free in the void, senseless, valueless, free, and menaced by snares, prey to the butcher, … Continue reading #GermanLitMonth: Pigeons on the Grass by Wolfgang Koeppen (1951)

#GermanLitMonth: Eagles of the Reich by Will Berthold (1957)

An officer who is prepared to die first can demand total loyalty, only he can take his men into the jaws of death. They are Goering's golden boys, the pride of the Luftwaffe, Germany's crack paratroopers known as the Green Devils. When the novel opens, we find a unit rearing to go to their next … Continue reading #GermanLitMonth: Eagles of the Reich by Will Berthold (1957)