The Middle of Things by J. S. Fletcher (1922)

Every evening Richard Viner read aloud to his aunt, Miss Bethia Penkridge, from detective novels which suited her taste for the sensational. Viner’s protests that events in detective stories never occur in real life is meet with several true life stories from Miss Penkridge, stories of crimes she has come across. Later, while on his …

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The Shakespeare Murders by A. G. MacDonnell (1929)

Gentleman adventurer Peter Kerrigan is a man with a somewhat ambiguous idea of the boundaries between what is legal and what is not. When Kerrigan sees a pickpocket extract a wallet from a gentleman he impulsively steals it back and finds a letter pertaining to a transaction which will leave the writer “worth at least …

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Bleeding Hooks by Harriet Rutland (1933)

The Fisherman’s Rest hotel lies in Aberllyn, a Welsh fishing village and is filled with ardent fishermen, and fisherwomen. One such individual is the plump, wealthy and rather vulgar Mrs. Ruby Mumsby. While she goes out for the fishing every day, the popular opinion is that she is more interested in landing a new husband …

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The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr (1939)

Hugh Rowland found Brenda White outside of the wire cage. Inside is a wet clay tennis court, in the center of which lies the body of Frank Dorrance, strangled by his own scarf. The footprints of Frank and Brenda can be seen going out to the body, but only one set coming back, Brenda’s. She …

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Roger Sherington and the Vane Case by Anthony Berkeley (1927)

Mrs. Elsie Vane’s body has been found at the bottom of the cliffs at Ludmouth Bay, but it appears that Inspector Moresby from Scotland Yard isn’t satisfied with the verdict of accidental death. The Daily Courier wants to know why and sends Roger Sheringham, their sometime Special Correspondent, to investigate. With his cousin Anthony in …

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Keep It Quiet by Richard Hull (1935)

The Whitehall Club does not quite belong to the ranks of the more prestigious men’s clubs of London. The quality of sherry received from the new wine supplier is a matter of much controversy, the smaller library is uncomfortably hot, the tea trays are bent and rattle, and certain members have a habit of making …

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