The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1920)

At the invitation of his old friend John Cavendish, Captain Arthur Hastings is spending his leave at Cavendish’s home, Styles. While visiting the nearby village he bumps into his old friend Hercule Poirot. a well-known detective in his home of Belgium, but now an unfortunate refugee as a result of the war. When, in the …

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A Bundle of Reviews #4 – Murders Amongst the Beech and Maple

Murder at Beechlands by Maureen Sarsfield (1948) His car having gone into a ditch during a snowstorm, Inspector Lane Parry of Scotland Yard is stranded in the Sussex countryside. Staggering through the snow, he finds what he at first assumes to be a mental institution. What else is he to assume based on the inmates …

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A Wreath for the Bride by Maria Lang (1957) Published as Kung liljekonvalje av dungen [Sweden] (translated by Joan Tate, 1966)

On the day before her wedding Anneli Hammar meets her friend Dina Richardsson, then steps into the florist to inspect her bridal bouquet. An impatient Dina enters and finds no Anneli, and according to owner Fanny Falkman, she never set foot in the shop. Days later her body is found, lying serenely by the lake, …

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Mini Reviews—Who Killed the Curate by Joan Coggins (1944)

Young, flighty Lady Lupin Lorrimer Hastings is the newlywed bride of Andrew Hastings, vicar of St Mark's Church in Glanville. Lupin soon finds that the life of a vicar’s wife is not as quiet as she was led to believe. She may be overwhelmed when it comes to Girl Guides and the Mother’s Union, but when …

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A Bundle of Reviews #3 – My Aunt in Room Five

Death of My Aunt by C. H. B. Kitchins (1929) Summoned by his wealthy Aunt Catherine to her home for a consultation on her finances, young stockbroker Malcolm Warren anticipates a benefit for his business. But during their interview he delivers a fatal dose of poison to her, unintentionally of course, and becomes a suspect …

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Death Turns the Tables by John Dickson Carr (Sep 1941)

Mr. Justice Horace Ireton is well known for his belief in his own abilities to interpret the law and pass judgment. His idea of which is not tempered with mercy, and his method of delivering that justice is often compared to that of a game of cat and mouse. Then he was found with a pistol …

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