The More it Unravells…Death Trap by Harry Carmichael (1970)

Harry Carmichael is one of the pseudonyms employed by British crime writer and journalist, Leopold Horace Ognall (20 June 1908 – 12 April 1979). I was surprised to read that he had published more than 90 novels because before reading this book I had heard of him only vaguely and had no idea that he … Continue reading The More it Unravells…Death Trap by Harry Carmichael (1970)

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)

Tale within a Tale: An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith (1953)

Almost a decade back, I read about this book at John's Pretty Sinister Books and it immediately went on my wishlist but it is only now, so many years later, that I finally read it. Lancelot Jones is a young, rather serious young English man on his way to the Indian state of Bandrapore in … Continue reading Tale within a Tale: An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith (1953)

The #1936 Club: The Poisoners by George R. Preedy

publicdomainpictures.net The year is 1678 . The Sun King Louis XIV graces the throne of France. Perhaps the greatest European king of his generation, Louis' rule epitomizes the Reign of Absolutism. But while his own people and other European nations are in awe of his court, his millitary success, his generous patronage of the Arts...scandal … Continue reading The #1936 Club: The Poisoners by George R. Preedy

#1936 Club: A Puzzle for Fools by Patrick Quentin

"Do not worry, Mr. Duluth. And remember that, if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary, that thing is real and has its basis in fact. Do not let anyone or anything persuade you that you are suffering under a delusion." Traumatised by the death of his wife, who burnt to death in … Continue reading #1936 Club: A Puzzle for Fools by Patrick Quentin

Four Novels by Miles Burton

Miles Burton is one of the psuedonyms of prolific GAD writer, Cecil John Charles Street, more famously known by another of his pseudonyms, John Rhode. This year I made a calculated effort to read the Burton novels. THE SECRET OF HIGH ELDERSHAM (1930): The first appearance of Burton's detective, Desmond Merrion, the novel begins well … Continue reading Four Novels by Miles Burton

Forgotten Books: Two Novels by Miles Burton

MR. WESTERBY MISSING (1940) Has it ever happened that you have wanted to shake the police-man sleuth in a novel, asking him to wake up? He is one of the finest, an officer of Scotland Yard, and yet why is he so clueless? It happened to me in John Rhode’s The Murders in Praed Street … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Two Novels by Miles Burton

Forgotten Books: Three Arthur Crook Novels by Anthony Gilbert

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow worldLike a colossus, and we petty menWalk under his huge legs, and peep aboutTo find ourselves dishonorable graves...."One thing that I have always found problematic is the grading of writers. He/she is an A list author, we are told, the other is a B-lister. Who, I wonder, makes … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Three Arthur Crook Novels by Anthony Gilbert