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REVIEW: Behold, Here’s Poison – Georgette Heyer

(House of Stratus 2001, originally published 1936) This is one of my favourites of Georgette Heyer’s mystery novels, since the characters are delightful and the plot ingenious. Like many of her crime novels, however, she doesn’t entirely play fair with … Continue reading

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The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers

(Hodder 2003, originally published 1934) The Nine Tailors is, arguably, Sayers’ best detective novel. It doesn’t sprawl, like Gaudy Night, and, although concerned with a dead body and how it got that way, is also concerned with family, personal honour … Continue reading

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Five Red Herrings – Dorothy L. Sayers

(Hodder e-book 2003, originally published 1931) Although this book – one of the series of detective novels featuring Lord Peter Wimsey – was written after Strong Poison, this book does not feature Harriet Vane at all, nor is she mentioned. … Continue reading

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The Problem of the Green Capsule – John Dickson Carr

(Langtail Press e-book 2010, US title; originally published in the UK as ‘The Black Spectacles’ in 1939) John Dickson Carr wrote detective fiction both under this name and as ‘Carter Dickson’. He was American, but spent much of his life … Continue reading

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Epitaph for a Spy – Eric Ambler

(Penguin Modern Classics 2009, originally published in 1938) In Eric Ambler’s left-leaning spy thrillers, his protagonists tend to be ordinary men thrust into terrifying situations. In Epitaph for a Spy, Josef Vadassy is a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living … Continue reading

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The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett

(Penguin Red Classics 2006, originally published 1934) Nick and Nora Charles are staying for Christmas in New York, when Dorothy Wynant, who remembers Nick from when he used to be a detective, introduces herself and asks Nick if he knows … Continue reading

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