What I Read On My Summer Vacation

Foul weather curtailed any wanderings during our staycation (hot, sticky, humid, rainy, wet...bleh!). Other than the husband tricking the dog and I out of our comfy chairs with a promise of Korean BBQ for lunch, and then making us go for a walk up on the Peaks first, we went nowhere. But obviously, I did …

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A Bundle of Reviews #1

Like just about everyone else these days I’ve been spending a lot more time at home, which has resulted in a lot more reading—REALLY A LOT MORE. If my count is correct, I read 19 books in April, plus some very interesting articles I dug up after reading John Dickson Carr’s The Case of the …

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The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1932)

While traveling on the early train to London Euston Richard Temperley finds his attempts to sleep frustrated by the snoring of a fellow traveler, and to his consternation, the two must share a hotel smoking room before continuing on their journeys. Upon entering the room Temperley passes a young woman rushing out, and is unsettled …

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Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1939)

Small-time pickpocket Ted Lyte unwisely chose Haven House as his first break-in. After stuffing his pockets with silver he knows he should get out, but his curiosity about what’s behind a closed door gets the better of him. Moments later he is fleeing in terror. He is seen running from the house by yachtsman and …

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Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Running to jump off a train, John Foss suffers a fall and lands into the arms of exquisitely beautiful young widow Nadine Leveridge. Spirited to Bragley Court to recover, Foss finds himself one of now thirteen guests attending a weekend party at the home of Lord and Lady Aveling. While injury precludes his participation in …

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The Castleford Conundrum by J. J. Connington

Winifred Castleford is painting in her studio, a solitary chalet in the woods, when she is accidently shot by her young nephew, who is playing with his rook rifle. When Inspector Westerham arrives he finds that an accidental death doesn’t match with the evidence and is soon investigating whethermurder has been done. Upon his meeting “Winnie’s” relatives, he finds that not only did she recently revoked her …

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