The Sittaford Mystery (aka The Murder at Hazelmoor) by Agatha Christie (1931)

The village of Sittaford sits on the edge of Dartmoor, and after four days of snow, is virtually cut off from the outside world. Despite this a small group of neighbors gather at Sittaford House for tea, a chat, and some table turning. The game starts off well as the table rocks and spirits rap …

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A Bundle of Reviews #12 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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