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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Board Stiff by Robert James (1951)

Tony Alexander wasn’t happy about being stuck on a cruise with his wife Paula, so he’s is looking for anything to entertain him. Chasing after women, getting drunk, and being blatantly rude is merely a start to his amusement. Then he adds in a little blackmail as an added bonus. Unfortunately, one of his shipmates …

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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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Below Suspicion by John Dickson Carr (1949)

Joyce Ellis sits in Holloway Prison, accused of murdering her employer. Elderly hypochondriac Mildred Taylor died of antimony poisoning and Joyce was the only other person in the house at the time. It's possible Mrs. Taylor took the poison accidentally, but it seems unlikely. Patrick Butler, K. C., things she’s guilty, but since he prefers …

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Sir John Magill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts (1930)

When Inspector French meets with Detective Sergeant M'Clung to be briefed on the investigation into the disappearance of Sir John Magill, he has no idea just how complicated the case will become. Seven years previous, Sir John quit Belfast for a retirement in London, leaving his very profitable linen business to his son Malcolm. A …

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Never Turn Your Back by Margaret Scherf (1959)

When Martin Buell returns early from a tiresome conference, he finds that "There was no light in the rectory. Then he saw that there was no rectory.” It turns out that his church vestry members had decided he needs a new house, and local businessman Barry Collins had a prefab house that he needed to …

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