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)

Short Reviews: Kartography, Murder Among Friends, Too Many Cooks

With time being at a premium nowadays and the review pile towering up, I have decided to write short reviews for the books read.KARTOGRAPHY (OR HOW TO BE FRIENDS WITH YOUR EX AND HIS/ HER SPOUSE) by KAMILA SHAMSIEI first discovered Kamila Shamsie in the late Nineties when I read her book Salt and Saffron. … Continue reading Short Reviews: Kartography, Murder Among Friends, Too Many Cooks

Napoleon’s agents in Regency England: Georgette Heyer’s The Reluctant Widow

Blame it on Yvette! There I was thinking that I was through with Georgette Heyer and her Regency romances but she wrote one interesting post after another so that finally I caved in, picked up one, and read it at one go (though the review is much delayed) . To my surprise, The Reluctant Widow … Continue reading Napoleon’s agents in Regency England: Georgette Heyer’s The Reluctant Widow

Forgotten Book: The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

A middle-aged Honor Harris is visited by two young men of her acquaintance who appraise her of various happenings around the world even as the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, rules over England. Then one of them asks about the mysterious disappearance of Dick Grenvile and this question sets Honor reminiscencing about the past.I had no … Continue reading Forgotten Book: The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

Satanic Sibilants: John Dickson Carr’s He Who Whispers

'Prof. Rigaud!' called Miles. He lifted up his voice powerfully. 'Prof. Rigaud!'Again as when the absent one had himself called for a waiter, only the rain gurgled and splashed in the darkness. There was no reply.I had heard a lot about John Dickson Carr's The Three Coffins and so borrowed it from a friend and … Continue reading Satanic Sibilants: John Dickson Carr’s He Who Whispers