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DISCUSSION: Impersonation stories

The theme of an heir returning from the dead (or long-missing) is one which is occasionally used by writers – particularly thriller or crime writers – often to enable a bit of chicanery and double bluffing – is he or … Continue reading

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Unnatural Death – Dorothy L. Sayers

(Hodder e-book 2003, originally published 1927) Lord Peter Wimsey has, by the time this book opens, already gained a reputation as an amateur sleuth – two characters each refer to events following on from Whose Body? and Clouds of Witness. … Continue reading

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Nightingale Wood – Stella Gibbons

(Virago Modern Classics 2009, originally published 1938) Stella Gibbons wrote many books in the early 20th century, but is unfortunate to be known really for only one, the delightful and funny Cold Comfort Farm – a satire of the Rural … Continue reading

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Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson

(Pennsylvania State University Electronic Classics 2001, originally published 1886) This famous historical novel (historical even at the time Stevenson was writing, since it takes as the central event the notorious ‘Appin murder’ of 1752 and includes a number of real … Continue reading

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Trustee from the Toolroom – Nevil Shute

Keith Stewart, protagonist of Trustee from the Toolroom, is one of Shute’s ordinary men who become heroic through adverse circumstances and personal determination. Keith is not prepossessing – shortish, rather fat, not at all ambitious; even his sister feels he … Continue reading

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