Friday’s Forgotten Book: Desire to Kill by Alice Campbell (1934)

Thomas Rostetter finds himself attending a party thrown by enfant terrible Dodo . The party consists of painters and writers and spiritual gurus and their disciples, all of whom are painted in mostly negative terms except for the American girl, Dinah Blake, a budding painter. The 'saintly' Dinah has been badly hurt by Dodo who … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Desire to Kill by Alice Campbell (1934)

Murder in a Castle: Stately Homicide by George Milner (1953)

The Matriarch of the castle who eats glass; the diffident son who was physically unfit to take part in the war and is under the thumb of his wife; the wife who is cheating on her husband; the virile, energetic other son who is a war-hero; the daughter-in-law who is capable and smart and plays … Continue reading Murder in a Castle: Stately Homicide by George Milner (1953)

Literature of India: Dead End and Other Stories by Ajeet Cour

Every passing moment makes us suffer, though differently with different people. The very act of passing through life entails some bruises which nobody else can see. Though I had heard of Indian Punjabi author Ajeet Cour I hadn't read her work till LO brought her book from the library, thinking that the title: Dead End, … Continue reading Literature of India: Dead End and Other Stories by Ajeet Cour

Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Policeman at the Door by Carol Carnac (1953)

Edith Caroline Rivett is better known by her pseudonym of E.C.R. Lorac. However, Rivett also wrote under other names. Today's Friday Forgotten book is the one she wrote under the pseudonym of Carol Carnac and features two of her three series characters: Chief Inspector Rivers and Inspector Lancing. Solicitor William Thorpe, married to his, job … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Policeman at the Door by Carol Carnac (1953)

Poor Old Tiddy: I Don’t Like Cats by Lindsay Anson (1940)

"And what are you doing on Major Thirkell's estate at this time of night? After birds?""Birds? Oh, yess. I sought I heard a nightingale.""A nightingale in November?""Yess. it is very late, isn't it?""Late? It is impossible.""Impossible. Yess. You see, I sought I heard one, and I knew it wass impossible you see. So I sought … Continue reading Poor Old Tiddy: I Don’t Like Cats by Lindsay Anson (1940)

Favourite Pastime: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (2018)

A.J. Finn's debut novel follows the trajectory of a lot of modern novels. A woman (or middle-aged 'girl') suffering from some sort of trauma, alienated from family and friends, turning into an alcoholic, popping in a lot of pills, passes time by involving herself in the lives of others: snooping on them, stalking them, gathering … Continue reading Favourite Pastime: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (2018)

Black Magic: The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh (1927)

Grennel and Crammond (I think they have first names too but they never registered and I am too bored to look them up) are two collectors but while Crammond is someone who is generally interested in the antique artifacts that come his way as a way of increasing his knowledge, Grennel is a fence who … Continue reading Black Magic: The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh (1927)

Debut: Murder in Bostall by Paul McGuire (1931)

He seemed like a grim facade that half hides and half reveals the ruin behind. The Modstone detective agency receives an unusual caller. Lord Barbury wants to enter into politics but fears that his wife is having an affair with Stephen Crawley, a labour MP. He wants the agency (which is known for its integrity … Continue reading Debut: Murder in Bostall by Paul McGuire (1931)

Two Books by Belton Cobb

Author Belton Cobb had been on my reading radar since I read this post @ Pretty Sinister Books. Though I didn't get the book that John has praised so handsomely, recently I was able to borrow two other mysteries by him. Inspector Burmann's Black Out "You may know, Inspector- but I don't - that you … Continue reading Two Books by Belton Cobb

#1954 Club: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

While looking around for a book to read for The 1954 Book Club jointly hosted by Karen @ Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings and Simon @ Stuck in a Book , I came across this little-known book by Joseph Hayes. A look at the blurb and I knew that it was the source of a taut Hindi … Continue reading #1954 Club: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes