The Red House Mystery (1922)

Mark Ablett is sitting down to breakfast with a small group of friends at his home, The Red House, when he learns of the impending arrival of his brother Robert. It soon becomes apparent to the guests that Robert Ablett, a wastrel who has been in Australia for the past 15 years, will not be …

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The Dead Man’s Knock by John Dickson Carr (1958)

Professor of English, Mark Ruthven thinks his wife Brenda is having an affair with Frank Chadwick, and Brenda thinks Mark is having an affair with Rose Lestrange. There’s also a prankster loose at Queen’s College in Virginia, who is painting graffiti on the gym walls and pushing janitors into pools. Jokes or attempts at murder? …

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Untimely Death by Cyril Hare (1957) aka He Should Have Died Hereafter

When Francis Pettigrew was a boy on holiday in Exmoor, he stumbled onto the body of a dead man on Bolter’s Tussock. Now he and his wife Eleanor are on holiday in Exmoor, staying at Sallowcombe, the same farmhouse in where stayed in his childhood. To exorcist his childhood memory Pettigrew revisits Bolter’s Tussock. He …

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Family Matters by Anthony Rolls (1933)

Robert Arthur Kewdingham, is unemployed, a hypochondriac who collects and doses himself with dangerous remedies, collects questionable antiquities in abundance, and believes himself to be a reborn priest from Atlantis. His interests leave him little time for anything else, especially his family, which includes wife Bertha, son Michael and his Robert Henry. In short, he …

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Below Suspicion by John Dickson Carr (1949)

Joyce Ellis sits in Holloway Prison, accused of murdering her employer. Elderly hypochondriac Mildred Taylor died of antimony poisoning and Joyce was the only other person in the house at the time. It's possible Mrs. Taylor took the poison accidentally, but it seems unlikely. Patrick Butler, K. C., things she’s guilty, but since he prefers …

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Bodies in a Bookshop by R. T. Campbell (1946)

Before he leaves on his holiday, Max Boyle goes on a search through the bookshops of London. This leads him to a "curious little shop in a side-street off the Tottenham Court Road" where he finds several treasures—and then something much more disturbing. There is a distinct smell of gas coming from a back room. …

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