Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham (1930)

Reading is usually what I do when I need a diversion. But, whether due to lack of concentration, angst, or downright panic, reading has been impossible these days. The up side is that it gives me the chance to go back and try to catch up on book reviews that I haven’t written. So, for …

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Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs (1951)

Miss Penelope Blow efforts to see Inspector Littlejohn at Scotland Yard are thwarted when her nephew Harold arrives and forces her to Nesbury. When Littlejohn learns that her visit came at the recommendation of Littlejohn’s old friend, the Vicar Claplady, he it must have been important. But before he can seek her out Miss Blow falls …

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The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson (1934)

‘I want you to go with me, tonight, to a certain house in London; to tell me whether you see or hear; and, if you do, whether you can explain it on natural grounds.”  And when Ken Blake is approached by Dean Halliday with that request he jumps at the chance. Plague Court, is a …

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The Case of the Monday Murders by Christopher Bush (1936)

Since 1918 there have been thirteen unsolved murders committed on Mondays—and that it could be the work of one killer. At least that what crime novelist Ferdinand Pole is asserting. And he’s sent the information to the Evening Blazon, stating that there will be more to follow—information and possibly killings. That very day the body of disgraced …

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Death at Crane’s Court by Eilís Dillon (1953)

George Arrow is living the perfect bachelor life when, out of the blue he learns he that he has a life-threatening heart condition. In order to avoid any strain in his life he moves to Crane’s Court, a residential hotel on the Bay of Galway. En route to his new home, Arrow chances to meet …

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The Port of London Murders by Josephine Bell (1938)

There are questions surrounding the death of Mary Holland. While it’s clear that she died of Lysol poisoning, there are inconsistencies that leave Detective Sergeant Chandler unsettled. No one else puts any merit into it. But then, just before he's due to testify at the inquest, Chandler disappears. It’s now apparent that there’s more to …

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