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)
After reading three mysteries by Miles Burton recently, I was able to borrow two mysteries of Cecil John Street's other nom de plume, John Rhode. Death on a Sunday begins in Barleyfield Park, a rather upper-class boarding house that caters to the respectable gentry. There are people who have been knighted, reverends, widows with money... … Continue reading Two Mysteries by John Rhode: Death on Sunday (1939) and Death at the Helm (1941)
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
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
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)
Diana Prescott, leaves her comfortable home and millionaire father, as she wants to become an actress while all he wants is for her to settle into quite domesticity. Coming to New York, she rents a room at Mrs. Lulu Markham's boarding house and becomes friends with Barbara, Mrs. Markham's daughter and an aspiring actress too. … Continue reading Murder in a Boarding House: The Black Shrouds by Conyth Little (1941)
It's strange that soon after going through Margot's post on novels with a compressed time span, I should find myself reading a book which spans just two days with the main action taking place one night when things simply spiral out of control, changing lives forever.William Somerset Maugham's Up at the Villa begins with a … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Up at the Villa by Somerset Maugham.