Friday’s Forgotten Book: School for Murder by Harry Carmichael (1953)

John Piper, is attending the wedding of Adele Vincent, the daughter of a business client, Stuart Vincent, to Kenneth Bradley, when he becomes aware of an undercurrent of tension in the room as the bride and the groom prepare to depart for their honeymoon. Adele who had gone to her room to change her dress … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: School for Murder by Harry Carmichael (1953)

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)

Debut: Murder in Bostall by Paul McGuire (1931)

He seemed like a grim facade that half hides and half reveals the ruin behind. The Modstone detective agency receives an unusual caller. Lord Barbury wants to enter into politics but fears that his wife is having an affair with Stephen Crawley, a labour MP. He wants the agency (which is known for its integrity … Continue reading Debut: Murder in Bostall by Paul McGuire (1931)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Treason in My Breast by Anthony Gilbert (1938)

Have you ever noticed in murder cases how often it's some trivial detail that tips the scale? Some flower-seller or some old woman running out to the post or a dog getting run over at a moment when you couldn't allow for any of those things happening... Janet Scott, wife of a young solicitor, Gerald … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Treason in My Breast by Anthony Gilbert (1938)

Marital Conflict: The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael (1960)

Betty Willcock and Kenneth Strange are enjoying some stolen moments at a river bank when a man with a dog walks by them. The two young people are deeply in love and want to get married but there are financial considerations that are hindering their path and both of them are tense regarding their relationship … Continue reading Marital Conflict: The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael (1960)

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

Two Mysteries by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole

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

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966)

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)

#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

Murder on Campus: An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill (1971)

Last year I read my first Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman and enjoyed it tremendously but it has taken me more than a year to read the second outing of Hill's detective duo. Holm Coultram College is facing some very rough weather. First a student, Anita Swell, who had been suspended from the college because … Continue reading Murder on Campus: An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill (1971)