Friday’s Forgotten Book: Miss Jessica’s Stick by Aylmer Hunter (1942)

" There's good stuff in all the Mildmays. And bad stuff too. Either win the V.C. or commit murder." @ebay Jane Carstairs has been through a lot. At the age of 21 while she was all rich and comfortable, her father lost everything on certain dubious speculations. In what was termed a fit of insanity … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Miss Jessica’s Stick by Aylmer Hunter (1942)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Old Manor by Cecil Freeman Gregg (1945)

MasterMoreton opened his eyes at this admission and stared up into the inspector's face with renewed interest, suddenly remembering the conversation in the train and his disparagement of the police in general. Bit of a floater really but... Young Augustine Marryon Moreton is in low spirits. Not because of his name or short height or … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Old Manor by Cecil Freeman Gregg (1945)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Time for a Murder by Gilbert Coverack (1941)

Sonia Caffyn is visited one day by an old man, Micah Vickery, who was in love with her grandmother years ago. A lover's tiff had seen the two (Micah and Sonia's grandmother, Margaret) drifting apart and Margaret marrying somebody else. Micah has never forgotten her, however, and now in his old age, he wants all … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Time for a Murder by Gilbert Coverack (1941)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Judy of Bunter’s Buildings by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1936)

Of all the sounds in this gathering darkness that was the one which she had dreaded most. Judy is a dancer at a bar called the Green Man which is frequented by sailors. When the novel opens, Judy is at her room in Bunter's Buildings when she hears another tenant making his way to the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Judy of Bunter’s Buildings by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1936)

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)

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)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville (1934)

I enjoyed Alan Melville's Death of Anton so much that I was keen to read more of him and decided on this because I really need a weekend away from the nightmare that we are living right now. Jim Henderson has been trying to survive in the Post WWI years. Without any stable job and … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville (1934)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Poison in the Parish by Milward Kennedy (1935)

Miss Tomlin's body is exhumed six months after she died thanks to vicious rumours going round the village. O perhaps not merely rumours for the body is found to be full of arsenic. The Chief Constable asks his friend, the physically challenged Francis Antony to dig around a little so that they can find the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Poison in the Parish by Milward Kennedy (1935)

Friday’s Forgotten Books: And Call it Accident and The Injured Lover by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1936)

Ruth Starling a young American girl finds herself a multi-millionaire when a distant relative dies leaving her half his fortune. Ruth who has always dreamt of becoming an actress now moves to England willing to make a career on stage, undeterred by the miserable flopping of her debut play in the States. Her lawyer puts … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: And Call it Accident and The Injured Lover by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1936)

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bury Him Darkly (1936) and The High Sheriff (1937) by Henry Wade

According to Wikipedia, Major Sir Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 6th Baronet KStJ CVO DSO (10 September 1887 – 30 May 1969), also known by his pen name Henry Wade, was Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire from 1954 to 1961. He was also one of the leading authors during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. It is his … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bury Him Darkly (1936) and The High Sheriff (1937) by Henry Wade