Sexton Blake – Allies edited by Mark Hodder (2020)

This is the third of five anthologies featuring Sexton Blake, the ace detective who appeared in more than 4,000 stories written by more than 200 authors over a span of more than 80 years. Three tales, each edited by Mark Hodder, in which Blake works alongside one of several associated; individuals who have come to …

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Sleightly Murder by Patrick A. Kelley (1985)

In five years, Harry Colderwood has gone from a successful magician with his own TV special, to performing shows on the small-town mall circuit in Central Pennsylvania. And that’s not going so well either, since he just got fired from his most recent gig. Which is why he accepts when L. Dean Morrow hires him …

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The Two Hundred Ghost by Henrietta Hamilton (1956)

The ghost known to inhabit the Heldar’s antiquarian bookshop hasn’t been seen for many years. But oddly, it’s recently been sighted by several of the staff. One of the clerks, Sally Merton isn’t so bothered by these supposed manifestations as she is by the unwelcome advances of her unpleasant colleague, Victor Butcher. But Sally isn’t …

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Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham (1930)

Reading is usually what I do when I need a diversion. But, whether due to lack of concentration, angst, or downright panic, reading has been impossible these days. The up side is that it gives me the chance to go back and try to catch up on book reviews that I haven’t written. So, for …

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John Thorndyke’s Cases by R. Austin Freeman (1909)

A collection of eight short stories in which medico-legal expert Dr. John Thorndyke analyzes the dust embedded in an old hat, sand found on a pillow, and the horn of a steer—amongst other things. And we are treated to an education on tides, ballistics, the characteristics of inks, ancient languages, and hair follicles. While the stories are …

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Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley (1913)

When Sir James Molloy, editor-in-chief of the Record learns that American financier Sigsbee Manderson has been found shot dead in the grounds of his English country house, he immediately asks Philip Trent to investigate. Artist, freelance newspaperman, and amateur sleuth Trent feels that there are enough interesting aspects to the case and decides to go “have a …

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