Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert (1947)

The Dean of Melchester Cathedral is of course concerned when he learns that he is not the only resident of the cathedral Close to receive an anonymous letter accusing the senior verger Daniel Appledown of misconduct. Luckily, he has a nephew who works in the C. I. D., and who can investigate on the quiet …

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Shell Game by Richard Powell (1950)

William J. Stuart’s idea of a vacation walking along the Florida beaches searching of rare shells. This time though, he also stumbles on a woman. Valerie Wilson, isn’t interested in Stuart, or his shells, until a mysterious gray sedan appears. She’s then more than happy to accept his ride into town, only she’s doing the …

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And Death Came Too by Richard Hull (1942)

Four friends have been attending a series of balls when they receive an invitation from a neighbor, Arthur Yeldham, to visit him at nearby Y Bryn House. The four, Martin Hands, his sister Patricia, Patricia’s fiancé Gerald Lansley, and Barbara Carmichael, are disinclined to go, but finally set off for Y Bryn. There, they find, not …

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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (1942)

When famed artist Amayas Crale was found dead no one doubted that it was his wife who poisoned him. All the evidence points directly at Caroline—Amayas is leaving her for a younger woman, and she admits to stealing the poison that killed him. Her attitude of quiet resignation during the trial leads to a quick …

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Lonely Magdalen by Henry Wade (1940)

The body of a woman is found in a dark corner of Hampstead Heath. She's been strangled, and it's clear from her appearance that she was a prostitute. The police have a suspect, a professional thug, but all attempts to tie him to the murder come to nothing. Faced with a lack of evidence and …

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The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill (1892)

Mrs Drabdump, the landlady of 11 Grover Street, received no reply to repeated attempts to wake her lodger Arthur Constant. Sensing that something is not right, she calls upon her neighbor, the retired detective Mr. George Grodman for help. Grodman finds the door locked and bolted from the inside. When he breaks the door down the …

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