Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac (1952)

On New Year’s Day, sixteen travelers leave behind the post-war dreariness of London for a skiing trip in Austria. At this same time, the top floors of a boarding house in Lioncel Court are in flames. When the fire is extinguished, the body of a man is found, burnt beyond recognition. In the mud outside, …

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The Four Defences by J. J. Connington (1940)

Mark Brand, aka “The Counselor”, was bored, so when he receives a request to reach out to his radio host for information regarding a recent death he is intrigued. The body of an unidentified man has been found in a burnt-out car, and while the coroner thinks it’s a simple case of suicide, the local …

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The Brading Collection by Patricia Wentworth (1950)

Miss Silver was unimpressed by Lewis Brading. Brading, believes his valuable collection jewelry who is in danger and seeks to hire her. His boasts to Miss Silver regarding the terrible history behind the jewels, and the threatening means by which he controls his staff, lead to her refusal. But before he leaves she warns that …

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The Mystery of the Invisible Thief by Enid Blyton (1950)

Someone in Peterswood is committing daring daylight robberies. And though the thief has left some big clues behind, it seems he is able to enter houses and get away without being seen. The Five Finder-Outers and Dog (aka Fatty Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster) are on his trail—but so is the village policeman, Mr. …

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Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert (1947)

The Dean of Melchester Cathedral is of course concerned when he learns that he is not the only resident of the cathedral Close to receive an anonymous letter accusing the senior verger Daniel Appledown of misconduct. Luckily, he has a nephew who works in the C. I. D., and who can investigate on the quiet …

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Shell Game by Richard Powell (1950)

William J. Stuart’s idea of a vacation walking along the Florida beaches searching of rare shells. This time though, he also stumbles on a woman. Valerie Wilson, isn’t interested in Stuart, or his shells, until a mysterious gray sedan appears. She’s then more than happy to accept his ride into town, only she’s doing the …

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