A Bundle of Reviews #11 Or A Case of the Butler in Grey

Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer (1933) When Frank Amberley happens on a young woman standing beside a car on a dark road he stops to help, but her rude assertion that there is nothing wrong sends him on his way. But then the lights of his car illuminate a different scene. A “small …

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A Bundle of Reviews #11 Or He’d Rather Be A Lepidopterist

He’d Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs (1945) Over the course of many years, The Mayor of Westcombe, Sir Gideon Ware, has systematically turned what was a quaint little harbor town into a popular resort. His means, which included bribes and intimidation, haven’t always met with enthusiastic approval, and have many people harboring ill-feeling towards …

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Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (1924)

This is wonderful collection of stories which show off the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot. While the stories themselves are much simpler than a full-fledged Christie novel, the puzzles are classic in style, filled with twists and seemingly impossible situations. These stories also place an emphasis on the relationship between Poirot and Hastings. Each …

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The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo (1946) translated by Louise Heal Kawai

Following their wedding, Kenzo the eldest son of the Ichiyanagi family, and his new bride Katsuko, retire to a small annex within the family compound. In the early hours of the morning, the sounds of screams, followed by the strings of a Koto being plucked wildly, are heard coming from the annex. Kenzo and Katsuko are …

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A Bundle of Reviews #10 Or The Case of the Creeping Rabbi

The Creeping Jenny Mystery by Brian Flynn (1930) The seemingly untouchable jewel-thief “Creeping Jenny” has been burglarizing the country houses of England. But Jenny’s last job goes a bit to far, and it’s not just jewels that are taken. Not one of my favorite of Flynn's books. Bathurst isn't "seen" until almost the end of …

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Mini Reviews – Half-Mast Murder by Milward Kennedy (1930)

Professor Harold Paley’s failure to answer the butler’s knocking on the door may be a reason for consternation, but why would it cause a race to the summer house by family members and guests? Professor Harold Paley is locked inside the room and once the door is broken in, he is found dead from a …

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