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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Richardson’s First Case by Basil Thomson

PC Richardson stood in a cold, wet mist at his post on Baker Street, mulling over how he could gain admission to the Criminal Investigation Department of Scotland Yard. Daydreams of a rapid rise through the ranks are interrupted when an old man is heard to say "'very well, then, I'll call a policeman'", then …

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