#GermanLitMonth: Three Crime Novels

The German Literature month has given me a wonderful opportunity to read three authors who had long been on my wishlist. Splinter by Sebastian Fitzek (2009) 'Back to the default position?' said Marc. 'A total reset?' Marc Lucas is a psychiatrist who has enough problems of his own. A few months prior to the beginning … Continue reading #GermanLitMonth: Three Crime Novels

Malicious: Death at the Wedding by Anne Hocking (1946)

Major William Austen is not happy with his current position in the army. As the war nears its end, he wants to go back to his earlier position in the Scotland Yard. He is currently a top-shot in the espionage department but wants to become a Chief Inspector once again. His friend Andrea tells him … Continue reading Malicious: Death at the Wedding by Anne Hocking (1946)

Spoilers: Grim Pickings by Jennifer Rowe (1991)

This post contains spoilers (including the name of the murderer) for the mystery so please don't read it unless you have read the book/ you are not bothered about having it spoiled. The question that perplexed me after finishing the book, the first in the Verity Birdwood (Birdy) series is how could a book that … Continue reading Spoilers: Grim Pickings by Jennifer Rowe (1991)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Voice Out of Darkness by Ursula Curtiss (1948)

“Darling, let’s face it. Monica was a thoroughly detestable child. But you didn’t—did you, Katy?” American writer, Ursula Curtiss, had long been on my reading radar. And now I have read her debut book, Voice Out of Darkness, which won the Red Badge award for the best new mystery of 1948. Katy Meredith is a … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Voice Out of Darkness by Ursula Curtiss (1948)

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)

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)

Crime in India: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya (2019)

...the notion of love endures most things, even abuse.... Heliconia Lane is a peculiar patch of heaven at Valsolem, an unexplored and pristine beach of Goa. There are only three houses on that lane: Casa De Primavera or House of Spring where the Castelino family lives: Zabel and Filip with their son, Anton. The second … Continue reading Crime in India: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya (2019)

The #1936 Club: Three Mysteries

1936 was a great year for books. Here are three mysteries I read for the Club: Death of Anton by Alan Melville Joseph Carey's Circus thrills the town. There is Anton cloistered in a cage with seven tigers; the clown Dodo who makes the audience scream with laughter; the daredevil trapeze act by couple, Loretta … Continue reading The #1936 Club: Three Mysteries

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