Women and War: E.C.R. Lorac’s Relative to Poison (1947)

The Ministry of Labour "directed" workpeople; her own daughters "registered" and performed strange tasks in strange uniforms. They "fire-watched", drove ambulances, ran rest centres - they were not their mistresses any longer. A new range of expressions like "points", "basic", "under the counter", "off the ration" developed. Elspeth Carndale is in a dillema. Her husband … Continue reading Women and War: E.C.R. Lorac’s Relative to Poison (1947)

Forgotten Book: Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert

Of late, writer and lawyer, Michael Gilbert has been a lot over the blogosphere. Yvette @insomanywords did a series of posts on him and then Margot Kinberg @ Confessions of a Mustery Novelist turned the spotlight on his first novel, Close Quarters. Unable to resist any longer, I borrowed Close Quarters from the Open Library and found … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert

The #1947 Club: Death in the Wrong Room by Anthony Gilbert

Anthony Gilbert is the pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson (1899-1973), member of the Detection Club and author of some seventy novels, a majority of which feature Arthur Crook, a lawyer from London, whom Gilbert deliberately created, in 1936, as a foil to the aristocratic amateur detectives who dominated the literary crime scene at the time.Death … Continue reading The #1947 Club: Death in the Wrong Room by Anthony Gilbert