Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie (1938)

The Lee's have been separated by hatred and secrets for many years. Now, at the whim of its patriarch Simeon Lee, the family has gathered at Gorston Hall for a traditional family Christmas. The gathering is a strained one marked by in-fighting, spurred on by Lee for his own entertainment. And then on Christmas Eve, …

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The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude (1935)

Every Monday The Reverend Dodd, Vicar of St. Michael's-on-the-Cliff, and his old friend, Doctor Pendrill partake of their solemn ritual of sherry, dinner, cigars, coffee, and murder. On that night each week they indulge their habit of opening and dividing up the “spoils” of a selection of the latest mystery novels to be found in …

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The Bowstring Murders by Carter Dickson (1933)

My first review (on Twitter) of The Bowstring Murders left something to be desired… Trying to write a review for this is making me as “half-cracked” as Lord Rayle! Oh hell! Ingenious impossible crime. Very interesting sleuth in Gaunt. Lacks the energy and atmosphere I crave from Carr. Needs a map! There...done...whew!” So today, on John …

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Death From a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson

A magician is discovered dead, strangled and placed spread-eagle on a pentagram, in a room where all the doors and windows are locked from the inside. When another magician turns up murdered, in the same way...and also in a locked room, and the suspects include an escape artist, a medium, a ventriloquist, and a magician's …

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The Box Office Murders by Freeman Wills Crofts

The suicide by drowning of a box office clerk leaves her friend Thurza Dark in fear for her life. Persuaded to seek help from Scotland Yard, she meets with Inspector Joseph French. Thurza believes her friend was murdered because of her involvement in a criminal scheme, a scheme that she too has also fallen prey …

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Missing or Murdered by Robin Forsythe

“Lord Bygrave left London for the village of Hartwood on Friday, the 1stof the month, intending to spend a fortnight or so in the country. He arrived at the White Bear Inn rather late that night, left early next morning and seems to have vanished completely.”  As the head of the “Ministry of X”, the …

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