When the Wind Blows by Cyril Hare (1949)

Francis Pettigrew has settled into a quiet law practice, and a life of domesticity. Unfortunately, his wife has settled herself amongst the second violins in the county orchestral society. Why unfortunately? It has resulted in his new role as the society’s treasurer, and his dutiful attendance to anything concerning it. Right now one of those …

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Fear and Miss Betony by Dorothy Bowers (1941)

Miss Emma Betony, former schoolteacher, is on the verge of removing to one of the almshouses set aside for “decayed” gentlewomen in the village of Churchway when she receives an urgent request from an ex-pupil, Grace Aram. Grace has taken over an old nursing home and converted it into a girl's school, to which she …

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The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly (1958)

Olga Karukhin was found three days before Christmas, dead in her squalid London flat. She had lived in poverty since fleeing Russia in the wake of the March Revolution. Which seems odd, as she had also been known to repay kindnesses with golden ikons and jeweled broaches. So, Chief Inspector Brett Nightingale is brought in, …

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Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac

Towards the end of WWII, landowner Colonel St Cyres grants the tenancy of Little Thatch to invalided serviceman Nicholas Vaughan. Vaughan immediately sets out to restore the neglected farm, which includes a derelict thatched cottage. A reserved, somewhat aloof man who wants only to work and make his living off the land, Vaughan is well …

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With A Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare

With a war on everyone must do their part, and barrister Francis Pettigrew is no exception. As the legal advisor to the Ministry of Pin Control, Pettigrew is sent to Marsett Bay, “somewhere on the Polar Circuit”, where he takes up residence at Fernlea Residential Club. His “brother or sister pin controllers” in residence are …

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Made Up To Kill by Kelley Roos

Opening night of the production "Green Apples", and Haila Rogers is set play a supporting roll, her roommate Carol Blanton was set to play the ingénue lead, but has suddenly come down with laryngitis and won't be able to go on. Alice MacDonald, her “fanatically ambitious” understudy, “has no gifts to offer the theater” is …

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