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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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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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 #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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