Three Vintage Mysteries

With little time to spare nowadays, here are brief reactions to reading of three mysteries. BATS IN THE BELFRY by E.C.R. LORAC (1937) The question that perplexed me after finishing Lorac's Bats in the Belfry was that how could a novel that began so promisingly, that had me gripped almost its entire length, end on … Continue reading Three Vintage Mysteries

Two Post-War Novels by E.C.R. Lorac: Shroud of Darkness (1954) and The Last Escape (1959)

Shroud of Darkness, my favourite of Lorac read so far, begins with a train journey on a foggy night. Five strangers in a compartment reach London when one of them is coshed on the head and left for dead. As he has no identification-papers on him and his luggage etc has been stolen, Macdonald has … Continue reading Two Post-War Novels by E.C.R. Lorac: Shroud of Darkness (1954) and The Last Escape (1959)

Short Notes: Black Beadle by E.C.R. Lorac (1939)

Conversations, conversations, and still more conversations. I don't think I have ever read a mystery in which there were so many conversations between the various characters. At times, it seemed Lorac was writing a Novel of Ideas rather than a mystery. And the situation is definitely serious. It is 1939 and the Jewish Question is … Continue reading Short Notes: Black Beadle by E.C.R. Lorac (1939)

FORGOTTEN BOOK: SPEAK JUSTLY OF THE DEAD by E.C.R. LORAC (1952)

After qualifying in 1939, Dr. Raymond Ferens, joined the R.A.M.C and was posted in the Far East when he was taken a prisoner by the Japanese. After the war was over, he took up practice in a mining town. However, the strenuous nature of the job, his war-time experience as well as the not-so-congenial environment … Continue reading FORGOTTEN BOOK: SPEAK JUSTLY OF THE DEAD by E.C.R. LORAC (1952)

Review: The Slippery Staircase by E.C.R Lorac

When Caird's housekeeper showed his visitor to the door a few moments later, the old actor stood and listened as Flemming's footsteps died away beyond the closed door. He had turned to the right, towards the staircase which led to the upper part of the house, not to the left, towards the descending flight.Caird shrugged … Continue reading Review: The Slippery Staircase by E.C.R Lorac

The Spider caught in its Own Web: Murder of a Martinet

It was after midnight when Macdonald heard the faintest of faint sounds on the floor above. Indeed it was hardly a sound at all,more a tiny vibration which told of movement, as though all the resting floorboards communicated a change in stress. As always, after a period of silent waiting, Macdonald felt that faint stirring reflected in … Continue reading The Spider caught in its Own Web: Murder of a Martinet