Inspector French and the Starvel Hollow Tragedy by Freeman Wills Crofts (1927)

A deadly fire swept through Starvel House, resulting in the death of its owner, the elderly Simon Averill, as well as his two servants. The inquest called it a terrible accident. But then a single twenty-pound note turns up, only it should have been burnt, along with the rest of the over thirty-thousand pounds Averill …

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What I Read On My Summer Vacation

Foul weather curtailed any wanderings during our staycation (hot, sticky, humid, rainy, wet...bleh!). Other than the husband tricking the dog and I out of our comfy chairs with a promise of Korean BBQ for lunch, and then making us go for a walk up on the Peaks first, we went nowhere. But obviously, I did …

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8 Faces At 3 by Craig Rice (1939)

Holly Inglehart is accused of killing her domineering aunt Alexandria. She was found unconscious in the room with the body, and her fingerprints are the only ones on the murder weapon. And, she’s the only one who had a motive. If she got married after her aunt died, she inherits nothing. It her aunt found …

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It Walks by Night by John Dickson Carr (1930)

Legendary detective Henri Bencolin, director of the Paris police has a peculiar case on his hands and summons Jeff Marle to observe his methods. The case involves Alexandre Laurent who, not long after his marriage, attempted to kill his wife Louise with a razor. After his arrest he went on to confess to killing others, …

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Death Takes Small Bites by George H. Johnston (1948)

Newspaperman Cavendish C. Cavendish (known as Jed to his friends) is driving the wants Burma Road, or as he calls it “The Road of Adventure that hasn’t got any adventure anymore.” His beliefs are soon challenged when, after giving a lift to Charmain Anthony, they are caught in a landslide, almost plunge off a bridge …

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The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie (1925)

A “regrettable necessity for cash” has led Anthony Cade to work as a tour guide to a group of British citizens in Bulawayo Africa.  So, when his friend Jimmy McGrath makes him an offer of a bit of adventure and quick cash, he accepts without hesitation. First, he is to deliver a manuscript to a London publisher. …

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