Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Family Man by Anne Meredith (1942)

God's a good playwright... just when you think the curtain's coming down the plot takes a freash twist, and you find that, in spite of death and disappointment, life still goes on. Anthony Gilbert is one of my favourite authors of all time. However, Anthony Gilbert was not the solo pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson. … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Family Man by Anne Meredith (1942)

Short Story Wednesday: Tales from the Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights, those tales that Scheherazade, told to her husband, the Sultan, for 1001 nights, so that he'd spare her life for just one more day has been on my wishlist for long. This edition, published by Thomas Nelson & Sons, but missing the name of the translator, includes 18 of the tales. Some … Continue reading Short Story Wednesday: Tales from the Arabian Nights

Boston Brahmins: The House that Died by Josephine Gill (1956)

The Bellamy family is the upper crust of Boston. When Grand Aunt Elizabeth's secretary-companion, Anne Chisholm, loses her footing on the rear-staircase and comes crashing down, the family rings up the hospital to send an ambulance. However, the line being busy, a police ambulance is rather sent to the house. With the ambulance comes the … Continue reading Boston Brahmins: The House that Died by Josephine Gill (1956)

Growing-Pains: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)

Thirteen year old Cecil Grey and her siblings, sixteen year old, Joss, ten year old Hester, and the littles, Willmouse and Vicky are taken to Compiègne, France one hot summer by their mother. Mrs. Grey whose husband is a botanist and is usually busy in expeditions abroad, feels that the children are becoming unruly and … Continue reading Growing-Pains: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton (1944)

The British navy is worried. Their ships sailing from Penmouth are being torpedoed at regular frequency especially if they happen to be carrying important cargo. Desmond Merrion of Naval Intelligence is asked to find the spy operating in that area. As Merrion himself cannot go over there, he dispatches one of his men. Meanwhile, Valetta … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton (1944)

Clippings from the Past: Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac (1955)

Ron Stanforth, a young author, looking around for inspiration, chances to see a woman who seems to have stepped straight out of the Edwardian era. Fascinated by her attire and deportment and carriage, Roy asks the lady if he could help her in any way. The lady informs him that she is one Mary Moffat … Continue reading Clippings from the Past: Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac (1955)

Two Books by Clifford Witting : Measure for Murder by (1941) and Subject-Murder (1945)

For years, I had been searching for books by British writer, Clifford Witting. This year finally I was able to read two of his books. I suppose, he said over his shoulder, we all have our own particular hell. Measure for Murder can be called a theatrical mystery because Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is being … Continue reading Two Books by Clifford Witting : Measure for Murder by (1941) and Subject-Murder (1945)

Classics Club #A1: Dasa Kumara Charitam by Dandin

Sanskrit is one of the most ancient languages of the world. I am in awe of the power of its words as manifested in the innumerable mantrs, strotas, and raags. It is a matter of regret for me that in school I never tried to learn the language properly and now can only rely on … Continue reading Classics Club #A1: Dasa Kumara Charitam by Dandin

Halloween Horror: The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr (1972)

It is 1896. Christopher 'Kit' Farrell arrives in London after years in the US where working as a newspaper-reporter, he had covered the civil war. His destination is Hotel Langham where he is supposed to meet old chum, Nigel Seagrave. Seagrave, an explorer, had been given up for dead in Africa soon after his marriage … Continue reading Halloween Horror: The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr (1972)

#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