Made Up To Kill by Kelley Roos

Opening night of the production "Green Apples", and Haila Rogers is set play a supporting roll, her roommate Carol Blanton was set to play the ingénue lead, but has suddenly come down with laryngitis and won't be able to go on. Alice MacDonald, her “fanatically ambitious” understudy, “has no gifts to offer the theater” is …

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The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull

Edward Powell is forced to live with his formidable Aunt Mildred at her home Brynmawr, outside the small, “and entirely frightful” town of Llwll, Wales. For a man of refined tastes forced to be isolated from any form of intellectual stimulation, outside of his French novels, is intolerable. But as his sole guardian and trustee, …

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A Surfeit of Suspects by George Bellairs

Excelsior Joinery is a company in decline in a decaying section of Evingden, Surry. When an explosion destroys the offices of the company, and kills three of it’s five directors, Scotland Yard Superintendent Littlejohn and Inspector Cromwell are brought in to investigate.  Every line of enquiry seems to turns up a new motive. With one …

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The Measure Of Malice: Scientific Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards

The British Library Crime Classics anthologies are always something to look forward to. The latest collection of 14 short stories gives us detectives and criminals who, using a variety of scientific disciplines, solve…or try to get away with…murder.  The authors as always vary. Well known authors include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers. But …

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Death-Watch by John Dickson Carr

The door to No. 16 Lincoln’s Inn Fields stands open, then from the darkness inside is heard a moan, a cry, and an accusation. A man lies dead, stabbed in the neck with the gilt-painted minute hand of clock.  Dr. Gideon Fell is at the scene with his friend Professor Walter S. Melson, discussing the …

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Information Received by E. R. Punshon

Bobby Owen has had a rather dull three years as a Police Constable, “even motorists themselves seemed to suffer from an epidemic of good behavior when he was near.”  Unfortunately, he has also ticked off his superiors by revealing his dislike of “night club duty”, which is why he's now on ordinary patrol duty in Hampstead. …

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