The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo (1946) translated by Louise Heal Kawai

Following their wedding, Kenzo the eldest son of the Ichiyanagi family, and his new bride Katsuko, retire to a small annex within the family compound. In the early hours of the morning, the sounds of screams, followed by the strings of a Koto being plucked wildly, are heard coming from the annex. Kenzo and Katsuko are …

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A Bundle of Reviews #10 Or The Case of the Creeping Rabbi

The Creeping Jenny Mystery by Brian Flynn (1930) The seemingly untouchable jewel-thief “Creeping Jenny” has been burglarizing the country houses of England. But Jenny’s last job goes a bit to far, and it’s not just jewels that are taken. Not one of my favorite of Flynn's books. Bathurst isn't "seen" until almost the end of …

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Mini Reviews – Half-Mast Murder by Milward Kennedy (1930)

Professor Harold Paley’s failure to answer the butler’s knocking on the door may be a reason for consternation, but why would it cause a race to the summer house by family members and guests? Professor Harold Paley is locked inside the room and once the door is broken in, he is found dead from a …

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The Chinese Chop by Juanita Sheridan (1949)

Janice Cameron left Hawaii for New York City to become a writer. She’s hardly there when her pending eviction, the post-war housing shortage, and exorbitant rents make finding a place to live a necessity. Her advertisement looking for a roommate is answered by Lily Wu, who is also looking to share a room. Just a …

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Night Train to Paris by Manning Coles (1952)

Staid businessman Edward Logan knew nothing about top secret plans, and when Russian spies show up searching for them, decided it was no business of his. But what if they decide to come back, looking for him? His brother Laurence knows better how to deal with these things. So, off he pops on the overnight …

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A Bundle of Reviews #9 – Or – The Case of A February of Immodest Blondes

I normally don’t write reviews of books that I’ve read but didn’t enjoy reading. But in these cases, I found that I had to put what I felt about them into words—even if just a few. So, this being just a way for me to moan and complain, you are under no obligation to read …

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