The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of Rene Descartes by Andrew Pessin

November 10, 1619. In a clearing within the Black Forest a gentleman and his servant begin an argument, resulting in a rapier duel to the death. When one is disabled his antagonist runs him through the chest and walks away.  Rene Descartes died in Sweden in 1650, and based on most accounts, from pneumonia. The …

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The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories – Edited by Martin Edwards

This is the twelfth British Library Crime Classics anthology published, and the third collection set in winter. More specifically, this collection of short stories all occur around, or reference the Christmas season. Eleven tales involving murder, theft, and even a Christmas ghost!  This is a great collection of stories, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Edward Martin’s …

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Corpses in Enderby by George Bellairs

On a stormy night in Enderby, someone shot Ned Bunn. Considering that Ned was a very nasty individual, the list of suspects is a long one. Was it the the suitor who Ned had warned to stay away from his daughter? Or Mr. Hetherow, who threatened to kill Ned for taking his business from him. …

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Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville

Jim Henderson is at quite a loose end when he receives an invitation from Edwin Carson to Thrackley for a weekend party. While having no recollection of this gentleman, Jim does know a free weekend is nothing to scoff at. Rounding out the guest list are Jim’s friend the Honourable Freddie Usher, siblings Marilyn and …

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The Dead Don’t Wait by Michael Jecks

Living in London in 1555 was never easy, but former cutpurse and now reluctant assassin Jack Blackjack is having one hell of a bad day. He’s in debt to some very nasty moneylenders, the pretty wench he’s trying to bed turn’s out to be a con artist, and he’s got some serious servant problems. Now …

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