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REVIEW: The Chill – Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer is hired by a young man, Alex Kincaid, to find his wife Dolly, who has suddenly disappeared. They had not known each other long, and Alex has not been able to persuade the sheriff’s department to take her … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Sibyl in Her Grave – Sarah Caudwell

This is the fourth and last of Sarah Caudwell’s all too short series of detective novels featuring the sleuthing talents of Professor Hilary Tamar (Caudwell died in 2000). Having come down from Oxford to London (to avoid the Bursar of … Continue reading

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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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REVIEW: Whom the Gods Love – Kate Ross

(Hodder and Stoughton 1996) Julian Kestrel – Regency dandy, man-about-town and sometime sleuth – begins his third adventure in a churchyard in Hampstead, where Sir Malcolm Faulkland, eminent barrister, has asked for a meeting. Sir Malcolm wants Kestrel to investigate … Continue reading

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To All Appearance, Dead – Liz Filleul

(Bettany Press e-book 2007) Amongst my childhood reading were stories of boarding school life, particularly that of the Chalet School of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (whose readers will instantly recognise the derivation of the book’s title). There’s a very strong community … Continue reading

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Fables 3: Storybook Love – Bill Willingham et alia

(Vertigo 2004) Spoilers in this review for events happening in the first and second collections. This third collection of Fables begins with a one-off story about Jack’s experiences during the American Civil War, and how he obtained and used a … Continue reading

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False Scent – Ngaio Marsh

(HarperCollins e-book 2009, originally published in 1960) I’m very fond of Ngaio Marsh’s detective novels featuring Roderick Alleyn: the earliest date from the 1930s (A Man Lay Dead is the first), and although she wrote a lot of these mysteries … 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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Memento Mori – Muriel Spark

I have to confess to never having read anything previously by Muriel Spark, not having seen even the film version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, probably her most famous novel. I picked this up in Hatchard’s recently, and am … Continue reading

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

If you don’t know about the central conceit of this detective novel, which features Hercule Poirot, then don’t read this review, because there will be spoilers. The novel is told by Dr James Sheppard, who lives in a small village, … Continue reading

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