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

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966)

I have recently joined a reading group @ Goodreads that is into reading detective fiction of a vintage hue. One of the books selected for January was Catherine Aird's The Religious Body. Since Aird had been on my reading radar for long and this is the first of her Sloan & Crosby series, I jumped … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966)

#BlackHistoryMonth #ReadIndies Murder in G Major and Spare Room

Usually my reading depends merely on my moods but this month I made it a point to pick up books written by Black authors. Coincidently both of them turned out to be published by independent publishers. Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon This book began in a fantastic manner. Gethsemane Brown, an accomplished violinist … Continue reading #BlackHistoryMonth #ReadIndies Murder in G Major and Spare Room

Japanese Literature Challenge: The Dark Maidens by Rikako Akiyoshi (2013)

Thanks to Tracy K @ Bitter Tea and Mystery, I came to know of the three-months long Japanese Literature Challenge being hosted @ Dolce Belleza . As I have a few Japanese books on my wishlist/ TBR, I decided to join the challenge. The premise of Dark Maidens is certainly intriguing. Teen-aged school girls - … Continue reading Japanese Literature Challenge: The Dark Maidens by Rikako Akiyoshi (2013)

Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

This week in Top Ten Tuesdays hosted @That Artsy Reader Girl, we have been asked to name top ten (or more or less) new authors whom we discovered last year. Well, last year I read a host of new authors from those whom I made a special point to read like Reginald Hill and Shelley … Continue reading Top Ten (+4) Tuesdays: New Authors 2021

#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)