The Scarab Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine

I had never read anything by S. S. Van Dine (the pseudonym of art critic and detective novelist Willard Huntington Wright), so when I found an edition of The Scarab Murder Case I figured I’d give it a shot. This is the fifth mystery novel by Van Dine to feature detective Philo Vance, and while …

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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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Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare

From the 12thcentury the Courts of Assize, commonly known as the Assizes, dispensed justice to provincial towns throughout Britain. Presided over by visiting judges from the higher courts based in London, the Assizes were held twice-yearly in the main county towns. Under normal conditions the court moves from town to town (known as the circuit) …

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The Bungalow Mystery by Annie Haynes

Dr. Roger Lavington is summoned to The Bungalow where he finds Maximilian von Rheinhart is dead, shot through the head. And with no pistol to be found it can only be murder. But when he finds a frightened young girl hidden in the room, his compassion leads him to assist her in escaping under the …

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A Night of Fear by Moray Dalton

A Christmas party at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. George Tunbridge, and a game of hide and seek – in the dark. In the darkness house guest Hugh Darrow hears a sound "like the ticking of a clock". And when he reaches out to investigate “…touched an arm, a shoulder, something warm, wet, …

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