Forgotten Book: Murder at the Pageant by Victor L. Whitechurch

Being a member of the clergy and a writer of mysteries might seem two very different callings but Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch (1868-1933) was both: attached to the Church of England as well as a prolific writer and member of the Detection Club. He is best known today for his stories featuring the Railway Detective Thorpe … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Murder at the Pageant by Victor L. Whitechurch

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: Death in Retirement by Josephine Bell

Josephine Bell is the pseudonym of Doris Bell Collier Ball, a prolific writer of mysteries during the Golden Age of Detection. Having lost her father in childhood, the young Doris nonetheless followed his footsteps and went on to study medicine. Later on, she married fellow-doctor, Norman Dyer Ball, and the two set up a joint practice. … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Death in Retirement by Josephine Bell

F is for Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

At times, a book can lead you to another book. When I read Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, I came to know that the book was influenced by Waters' reading of Josephine Tey's The Franchise Affair. Since I wanted some questions answered as regards The Little Stranger, I downloaded Tey's book.About to close his office, the lawyer Robert … Continue reading F is for Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey