A Bundle of Reviews #2 Christopher Bush & E. C. R. Lorac at a glance

Cut Throat by Christopher Bush (1932) The hamper delivered to Lord Zyon’s home should have contained evidence of illicit trade activity, sent to him by Sir William Griffith. Instead, it contains Sir William Griffith, with his throat cut from ear to ear. Superintendent Wharton investigates, and brings Ludovic Travers along as a “detached observer.” An …

Continue reading A Bundle of Reviews #2 Christopher Bush & E. C. R. Lorac at a glance

The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr (Jun 1941)

On the night of his death Angus Campbell retired to his bedchamber at the top of Shira Castle. The following morning, his body was found at the base of the tower, dead from a fall through it’s one window. A post-mortem shows he was not overcome by drink or drugs, and therefore accidental death is …

Continue reading The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr (Jun 1941)

Mini Reviews – The Black Shrouds by Constance & Gwenyth Little (1941)

Aspiring actress Diana Prescott escapes upstate New York for a boarding house in New York City and finds herself pursuing clues in the murder of two elderly residents and the disappearance of another. All while being plagued by a very handsome man, who may or may not be working for her father in a scheme …

Continue reading Mini Reviews – The Black Shrouds by Constance & Gwenyth Little (1941)

Death in White Pyjamas by John Bude (1944)

In October of every year the company of the Beaumont Theatre begin rehearsals for their upcoming season. “Often these first rehearsals were held at Old Knolle, in a house-party sort of atmosphere. After resting, strained nerves were relaxed. Old feuds were forgotten.” But this year things are a bit more strained. The director and writer …

Continue reading Death in White Pyjamas by John Bude (1944)

Mini Reviews – Tragedy at Ravensthorpe by J. J. Connington (1927)

The Chacewater’s are holding a masked ball at their country home, Ravensthorpe. Family friend, and Chief Constable of the county, Sir Clinton Driffield’s concern that a thief could mingle undetected goes unheeded—except by Cecil Chacewater. Cecil and his friends arrange a practical joke. At a set time Ravensthorpe will be plunged into darkness and a …

Continue reading Mini Reviews – Tragedy at Ravensthorpe by J. J. Connington (1927)

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 …

Continue reading A Bundle of Reviews #1