The Elusive Aunt: Always Say Die by Elizabeth Ferrars (1956)

The trouble was that the relationship went back so far and was woven so deeply into both their lives that she did not really believe that it would ever be possible to escape from it entirely. During the blitz, scholarly Laurence Delborne asked his housekeeper Violet Gamlen to bring her niece, Helen, to the relative … Continue reading The Elusive Aunt: Always Say Die by Elizabeth Ferrars (1956)

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)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Lying Voices by Elizabeth Ferrars (1954)

"I'd hoped you wouldn't have changed. I'd hoped we'd be able to pick up the past just as it was. That's what we've always been able to do before. That's to say - well, I don't know. But I don't seem to have the energy for new things now." Facsimile Dust Jackets LLC. Collins The … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Lying Voices by Elizabeth Ferrars (1954)

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)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Footsteps Behind Me by Anthony Gilbert (1953)

By https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31018054941′, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69792289 Edward Lane - once almost awarded the Military Cross, for his valour during the first world war - has fallen so low in the aftermath of the second one, that he now blackmails people and both consumes and peddles drugs. When the novel opens, Ted is thinking of blackmailing four … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Footsteps Behind Me by Anthony Gilbert (1953)

Fizzyatry: The Black Dream by Conyth Little (1953)

Agatha Bunson is a woman troubled. A cleanliness freak (or suffering from OCD as the new stuff of fizzyatry would diagnose it), she just can't stand her sloppy, dirty cook, Em. The only thing is that she can't throw Em or the general handyman Fred out as her father's will stipulates that she has to … Continue reading Fizzyatry: The Black Dream by Conyth Little (1953)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert (1943)

"One of them did it, of course," he told himself, "but we shall never know which, so what the hell?" A tense figure waits near a staircase, in anticipation. Suddenly there is a cry of fire and panicked figures come running out of the dark, converging near the staircase. A candle is lighted but before … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert (1943)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Treason in My Breast by Anthony Gilbert (1938)

Have you ever noticed in murder cases how often it's some trivial detail that tips the scale? Some flower-seller or some old woman running out to the post or a dog getting run over at a moment when you couldn't allow for any of those things happening... Janet Scott, wife of a young solicitor, Gerald … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Treason in My Breast by Anthony Gilbert (1938)

Two Mysteries by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole

The Coles, Margaret and her husband Douglas, were activists and intellectuals who wrote on weighty subjects but also wrote some 30+ mysteries. Over the years since I first read them, I have read a few more of their books but have been amiss in reviewing them. This week, however, I finished two more of their … Continue reading Two Mysteries by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole