The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley (1929)

Roger Sheringham's Crime Club consists of six members who have passed a stringent test proving their crime solving expertise: "There was a famous lawyer, a scarcely less famous woman dramatist, a brilliant novelist who ought to have been more famous than she was, the most intelligent (if not the most amiable) of living detective-story writers, …

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Board Stiff by Robert James (1951)

Tony Alexander wasn’t happy about being stuck on a cruise with his wife Paula, so he’s is looking for anything to entertain him. Chasing after women, getting drunk, and being blatantly rude is merely a start to his amusement. Then he adds in a little blackmail as an added bonus. Unfortunately, one of his shipmates …

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The Sunday Pigeon Murders by Craig Rice (1942)

Street photographers Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kuzak don’t think it’s a big deal when they kidnap Mr. Pigeon. He’s already been missing for seven years, and they’re just going to keep him for a week until he’s declared dead. They figure his partner, Harkness Penneyth, can collect from the insurance and then will be happy …

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Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull (1936)

Nicholas Latimer considers himself by far the most important director of the advertising agency NeO-aD. He believes that Paul Spencer, the head of the sales department and fellow director, is undermining his work and that the agency would be better off without him. Buying Spencer out is a non-starter, and Latimer’s attempt to vote him …

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In Spite of Thunder by John Dickson Carr (1960)

Audrey Page, has come to Geneva for a gathering at the Villa Rosalind, home of retired actress Eve Ferrier. There have been dark rumors following Eve since 1939, when she and fiancé, Hector Matthews, visited Hitler at Kehlsteinhaus in Berchtesgarden. During this visit Matthews fell to his death off a balcony, the only other person …

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The Art School Murders by Moray Dalton (1943)

When Mrs Pearce stepped into the life classroom of the Morosini Art School she receives the fright of her life when she sees blood “[o]n the floor, like a strand of dark red wool it was, coming from behind the screen in the corner.” Behind that screen is found the body of artists’ model Althea …

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