Friday’s Forgotten Book: Passenger to Nowhere by Anthony Gilbert (1965)

"...there are old women living in big houses in all the country districts in France. Sometimes one remembers - they could die and who would know? They have no friends because they desire none - they have met life alone, they meet death alone." Sarah Hollis, nursing a broken heart after her fiancé breaks off … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Passenger to Nowhere by Anthony Gilbert (1965)

Forgotten Books: Three Arthur Crook Novels by Anthony Gilbert

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow worldLike a colossus, and we petty menWalk under his huge legs, and peep aboutTo find ourselves dishonorable graves...."One thing that I have always found problematic is the grading of writers. He/she is an A list author, we are told, the other is a B-lister. Who, I wonder, makes … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Three Arthur Crook Novels by Anthony 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

Forgotten Books: A Murder Staged: Anthony Gilbert’s The Musical Comedy Crime

I experienced a sense of deja vu while reading Anthony Gilbert's The Musical Comedy Crime. A man is murdered and Inspector Field investigates. He zooms in on one suspect and despite misgivings arrests him. Then Scott Egerton, the Liberal politician- detective of Gilbert's early novels (before the advent of her most masterly creation, Arthur Crook) … Continue reading Forgotten Books: A Murder Staged: Anthony Gilbert’s The Musical Comedy Crime

Forgotten Books: The Body on the Beam by Anthony Gilbert

Halfway through Anthony Gilbert's The Body on the Beam, I thought that the law of averages had finally caught up with me. After two brilliant books and one pretty good, it was inevitable that the next one fail to live up to its expectations.Unlike the earlier three, in this book the emphasis is more on … Continue reading Forgotten Books: The Body on the Beam by Anthony Gilbert

Forgotten Books: Death Knocks Three Times by Anthony Gilbert

John Sherren returned to London in a very thoughtful state of mind. Six months ago, he was reflecting, he had possessed three relatives, all a generation ahead of him, all in reasonably sound health; all, he believed, with a little money, or even quite a lot of money, and all incurably unmarried. And during the … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Death Knocks Three Times by Anthony Gilbert

Viola!!! Anthony Gilbert’s The Clock in the Hat-Box

Shadows assumed fantastic proportions around me; the uncertainty of the future made me hear sounds that had no existence but in my own brain; a curtain moved; it might have been twitched aside by an invisible hand...Sometimes, one finds such gems. I had not even heard of Anthony Gilbert till a few weeks ago and then I … Continue reading Viola!!! Anthony Gilbert’s The Clock in the Hat-Box