Mini Reviews: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie (1943)

When Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna arrive in the sleepy village of Lymstock they initially find it charming, and the inhabitants quaint and friendly. Charming, quaint and friendly that is, until Jerry receives an anonymous letter implying they are not siblings at all, and worst. They soon learn that most people in the village …

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Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand (1941)

As a small party of friends and family gather at Pigeonsford, Grace Morland sits shivering on the terrace, hoping to be asked to stay for tea. In truth, Grace is (not so secretly) in love with Pigeonford’s owner Stephen Pendock. Grace is less than enamored with Francesca Hart, who she sees as her rival. Her …

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The Sittaford Mystery (aka The Murder at Hazelmoor) by Agatha Christie (1931)

The village of Sittaford sits on the edge of Dartmoor, and after four days of snow, is virtually cut off from the outside world. Despite this a small group of neighbors gather at Sittaford House for tea, a chat, and some table turning. The game starts off well as the table rocks and spirits rap …

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A Bundle of Reviews #12 Or A Case of the Butler in Grey

Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer (1933) When Frank Amberley happens on a young woman standing beside a car on a dark road he stops to help, but her rude assertion that there is nothing wrong sends him on his way. But then the lights of his car illuminate a different scene. A “small …

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A Bundle of Reviews #11 Or He’d Rather Be A Lepidopterist

He’d Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs (1945) Over the course of many years, The Mayor of Westcombe, Sir Gideon Ware, has systematically turned what was a quaint little harbor town into a popular resort. His means, which included bribes and intimidation, haven’t always met with enthusiastic approval, and have many people harboring ill-feeling towards …

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Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (1924)

This is wonderful collection of stories which show off the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot. While the stories themselves are much simpler than a full-fledged Christie novel, the puzzles are classic in style, filled with twists and seemingly impossible situations. These stories also place an emphasis on the relationship between Poirot and Hastings. Each …

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