The Art School Murders by Moray Dalton (1943)

When Mrs Pearce stepped into the life classroom of the Morosini Art School she receives the fright of her life when she sees blood “[o]n the floor, like a strand of dark red wool it was, coming from behind the screen in the corner.” Behind that screen is found the body of artists’ model Althea …

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He Dies and Makes No Sign by Molly Thynne (1933)

The Duchess of Steynes believes her son Marlowe’s engagement to actress Betty Anthony is most unsuitable, and that only Dr. Constantine can do something about it. But when he meets the young woman, it is for a very different reason. Betty is extremely alarmed by the sudden disappearance of her grandfather, violinist Julius Anthony. The …

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Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie (1937)

"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?"  While holidaying in Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot overhears these chilling words. Days later, he is called to investigate a death in Petra and learns who "she" was. Mrs. Boynton, a sadistic tyrant who dominates her family, has been found dead. Other than a puncture wound …

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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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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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