Deadly Lilies: Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)

"Well," Jack inquired amiably, "been any murders today?" One of the best ways to travel is through books and thus I was delighted to borrow Murder in Bermuda from the library. Though I have heard of the Bermuda triangle and read a book and seen a movie on it, I have no clear-cut idea about … Continue reading Deadly Lilies: Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)

Crash: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (2016)

He realizes that everyone else on that plane except he and the boy exist now only in the past tense. David Bateman is a media mogul whose news channel is doing exceptionally well, thanks to a programme hosted by Bill Cunningham, a man who believes that news has to be created rather than simply told. … Continue reading Crash: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (2016)

Police Procedural: Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh (1952)

"She walked out of the dorm and that’s it. She vanished into thin air.” Lowell Mitchell, a young student of a women's college in Massachusetts, disappears one fine day. On that day, she had attended her classes but when the lunch break came refused to go to the Mess claiming that she wasn't feeling well … Continue reading Police Procedural: Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh (1952)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Voice Out of Darkness by Ursula Curtiss (1948)

“Darling, let’s face it. Monica was a thoroughly detestable child. But you didn’t—did you, Katy?” American writer, Ursula Curtiss, had long been on my reading radar. And now I have read her debut book, Voice Out of Darkness, which won the Red Badge award for the best new mystery of 1948. Katy Meredith is a … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Voice Out of Darkness by Ursula Curtiss (1948)

Tale within a Tale: An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith (1953)

Almost a decade back, I read about this book at John's Pretty Sinister Books and it immediately went on my wishlist but it is only now, so many years later, that I finally read it. Lancelot Jones is a young, rather serious young English man on his way to the Indian state of Bandrapore in … Continue reading Tale within a Tale: An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith (1953)

Horror or Not: Maynard’s House by Herman Raucher (1980)

Some people went to Mecca, some to Jerusalem, some to the Ganges. Austin was going to Maynard’s house. No matter where in life he was to go from there, he was obliged to see Belden first. Austin Fletcher is a Vietnam veteran, adrift, footloose, suffering from PTSD, and estranged from his parents whose commonplace life … Continue reading Horror or Not: Maynard’s House by Herman Raucher (1980)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1933)

"The terrible domination of the old and helpless..." It is the 1930s. The entire world may be facing the great depression but for five families in the exclusive cul-de-sac called The Crescent life still flows easily with maids (who even remove one's footwear), chauffeurs, laundresses, cooks and other luxuries. Time and manner seemed to be … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1933)

#1936 Club: A Puzzle for Fools by Patrick Quentin

"Do not worry, Mr. Duluth. And remember that, if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary, that thing is real and has its basis in fact. Do not let anyone or anything persuade you that you are suffering under a delusion." Traumatised by the death of his wife, who burnt to death in … Continue reading #1936 Club: A Puzzle for Fools by Patrick Quentin

The #1936 Club: Death in the Back Seat by Dorothy Cameron Disney

Tired of living life in the fast lane, writer Lola and her artist-husband Jack Storm, decide to shift to the countryside in order to concentrate on their art. The beginning seems promising when they rent a beautiful cottage in rural Connecticut. However even as their work seems to be progressing , they slowly find that … Continue reading The #1936 Club: Death in the Back Seat by Dorothy Cameron Disney