Who Killed Dick Whittington? by E. and M. A. Radford (1947)

It’s the Christmas pantomime season and the Henri de Benyat theatre company is performing Dick Whittington at the Pavilion in Burlington-on-Sea.  The “Principle Boy” in this case is played Norma de Grey, an actress who is far from popular with the rest of the cast. So when she is poisoned on stage during a performance, there’s …

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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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Answer in the Negative by Henrietta Hamilton (1959)

Work in the pictures department of National Press Archives has been severely disrupted of late. Frank Morningside, an archive assistant, has been the recipient of a series of pranks and increasingly malicious poisoned pen letters. When the situation becomes intolerable and begins to influence his work, Toby Lorn, a close friend the Heldars and head …

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Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs (1943)

During the anniversary tea party of the Zion Chapel in Swarebridge the Alderman Harbuttle begins behaving in an unusually good-humored manner. He leads the assembly in his annual game of crocodile, through the chapel’s winding halls until the revels are brought to an abrupt end when Harbuttle suddenly drops into the darkness of a trapdoor …

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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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