Shroud of Darkness by E. C. R. Lorac (1954)

Five strangers alight from a train compartment and disappear into a Paddington station shrouded in thick fog. Moments later one of them is found seriously injured with his head bashed in, stripped of all identification and left for dead. Chief Inspector Robert MacDonald finds that the young man’s identity is not only the key to …

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A Bundle of Reviews #2 Christopher Bush & E. C. R. Lorac at a glance

Cut Throat by Christopher Bush (1932) The hamper delivered to Lord Zyon’s home should have contained evidence of illicit trade activity, sent to him by Sir William Griffith. Instead, it contains Sir William Griffith, with his throat cut from ear to ear. Superintendent Wharton investigates, and brings Ludovic Travers along as a “detached observer.” An …

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Fell Murder by E. R. C. Lorac

Elderly farmer Robert Garth is “a hard man and a stubborn man, a man moreover who set his face against reform and change”. While respected throughout rural Lunesdale for his abilities and hard work, he is not loved, or even liked. Over the years he fought with many, and could “be a bitter enemy…”. When …

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Bats in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac

Neil Rockingham asks Robert Grenville to track down a man named Debrette. It seems that Debrette has been harassing their friend Bruce Attleton, and Neil thinks that it may involve blackmail. Rockingham’s concerns prove well founded when Attleton never shows for a planned meeting with him in Paris. But it is when he learns that …

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Murder By Matchlight by E. R. C. Lorac Introduction by Martin Edwards

During a blackout in November 1945, Bruce Mallaig sits alone on a bench in London’s Regent’s Park, and is soon the observer of a series of perculiar and frightening events. He hears someone on a nearby bridge and then hears them climbing over the railings to hide underneath. Moments later, another man walks onto the …

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Murder in the Mill-Race by E.C.R. Lorac

Sister Monica was many things.  The Warden of Gramarye Children’s Home, she took in and trained delinquent young women as domestics, she collected vast amounts of money for the village charities. According to everyone in the village of Milham on the Moor she was a saint. So why did someone bash her in the back of …

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