#Germanlitmonth: Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher (2007)

He understood that there were different versions of the truth. Every police officer knew that, with each trial it was experienced afresh. The war is fresh in people's memory and mourning; the monarchy has been reduced to porn pin-ups; Hitler is "that strange bird with a Charlie Chaplin moustache"; Himmler and his dreaded SS are … Continue reading #Germanlitmonth: Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher (2007)

Murder in MESS: The Crimson Cat by Francis Grierson (1944)

Like Cecil Freeman Gregg whom I read recently, Francis Grierson is another prolific writer who is virtually unknown today. Here is an informative post on him: https://tellersofweirdtales.blogspot.com/2013/11/francis-d-grierson-1888-1972.html Grierson's series character, Superintendent George Muir is at the Ministry of Estimates and Social Service (MESS) when the novel opens. He is there to investigate the leaks that … Continue reading Murder in MESS: The Crimson Cat by Francis Grierson (1944)

Deadly Lilies: Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)

"Well," Jack inquired amiably, "been any murders today?" One of the best ways to travel is through books and thus I was delighted to borrow Murder in Bermuda from the library. Though I have heard of the Bermuda triangle and read a book and seen a movie on it, I have no clear-cut idea about … Continue reading Deadly Lilies: Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)

Police Procedural: Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh (1952)

"She walked out of the dorm and that’s it. She vanished into thin air.” Lowell Mitchell, a young student of a women's college in Massachusetts, disappears one fine day. On that day, she had attended her classes but when the lunch break came refused to go to the Mess claiming that she wasn't feeling well … Continue reading Police Procedural: Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh (1952)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill (1970)

In a post that I did last year regarding the series that I wanted to begin reading, I mentioned Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe series. It had been on my reading radar for several years and I had even picked up their first book a couple of years back at a book fair. From the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill (1970)

Forgotten Book: Sleep Long, My Love by Hillary Waugh (1959)

Now he knew he would have to kill her. The Police Procedural is one of my favourite kind of mysteries and by that I don't mean A Higher Up from the Scotland Yard solving a case with perhaps one assistant whom he converses with a little but rather a whole team working together to bring … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Sleep Long, My Love by Hillary Waugh (1959)

Forgotten Book of 1920: The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts

Last week after deciding to join the #1920 Club, I asked which of the four books on my wishlist should definitely be read for the event. Nick Fuller @ The Grandest Game in the World, rooted strongly for Crofts' debut: The Cask. [Nick's review of the book can be read over here]. Thanks Nick and … Continue reading Forgotten Book of 1920: The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts

Review: Assassins: A British Mystery Series Set in 1920s London

Assassins: A British Mystery Series Set in 1920s London by Jim EldridgeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars A promising start to a police procedural set in post-WWI London peters down to a rather predictable end. It is quite unfortunate since I liked the mix of real-life and fictional characters. Also the team of Detective Chief … Continue reading Review: Assassins: A British Mystery Series Set in 1920s London