Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray (1988)

@ Hindustan Times Cinematic legend, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) is renowned all over the world for his filmmaking skills, especially for his Apu trilogy. Not many people know that he was also a very keen reader of detective stories and that his own creation, Prodosh Chandra Mitter [more famously known by the sobriquet Feluda] is one … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray (1988)

FFB & #GermanLitMonth: My Father’s Keeper: The Children of Nazi Leaders – An Intimate History of Damage and Denial

Because sometimes there are stories -even in an atheistic world - that do not end with the passing of the protagonist. Hermann Goring, Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Hess... I think all of us have heard of these names. Then there were others whom I encountered for the first time: Hans Frank, Baldur von Schirach, Martin Bormann, … Continue reading FFB & #GermanLitMonth: My Father’s Keeper: The Children of Nazi Leaders – An Intimate History of Damage and Denial

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 Book: Eighty Dollars to Stamford by Lucille Fletcher (1975)

"Now, will you please take me. Please, David." Her voice broke. "I can't delay a moment longer....it's a matter of life and death." David Marks is a haunted man. Six months ago, while walking home, his wife died in front of him: victim of a hit-and-run accident. Now Marks lives to take his revenge against … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Eighty Dollars to Stamford by Lucille Fletcher (1975)

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Best Crime Stories Vol.3 (Ed.) John Welcome

Best Crime Stories Vol. 3, edited by John Welcome, is an anthology of 11 stories which I enjoyed a lot.The volume begins with a masterly study of terror: Max Hensing by Algernon Blackwood.  Williams, a reporter interviewing Dr. Hensing, standing trial for having poisoned his wife, is so much repulsed by the man that the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: Best Crime Stories Vol.3 (Ed.) John Welcome

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

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Sir John Macgill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts

A sense of impending disaster seemed to have fallen on all present. All remained silent. Watching impatiently while the excavation slowly deepened, French was irresistibly reminded of a similar scene in which he had taken part - on the lonely Yorkshire moors near the ruins of the sinister old house of Starvel. There he had … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: Sir John Macgill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts