Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare

From the 12thcentury the Courts of Assize, commonly known as the Assizes, dispensed justice to provincial towns throughout Britain. Presided over by visiting judges from the higher courts based in London, the Assizes were held twice-yearly in the main county towns. Under normal conditions the court moves from town to town (known as the circuit) …

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Death is No Sportsman by Cyril Hare

Shortly after the signature of the Treaty of Versailles, four business men, who had made enough money during the war to be able to attend to the really important things in life, formed a syndicate among themselves and bought the fishing rights of a reach of the River Didder.”  For seven months of the year …

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Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare

On Friday 13, November Mr. Colin James entered 27 Upper Daylesford Street with an unknown gentleman. Almost an hour later he is seen leaving, alone, never to be seen again. Three days later two young men are sent to the house to inventory its contents, as Mr. James has vacated the premises. Upon arrival, they …

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An English Murder by Cyril Hare

Warbeck Hall should be the perfect place to celebrate Christmas. Family and friends have gathered and the snow thick on the ground. But all is not well here. Lord Warbeck is dying, and  this gathering will presumably be the last Christmas at the hall. The atmosphere is less than genial, and the guests far from …

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Suicide Excepted by Cyril Hare

Inspector Mallett wishes only to drink his less than appetizing coffee and finish his holiday at the less than charming Pendlebury Old Hall. Unfortunately, this is not to be, for he soon finds himself listening to the ramblings of Mr. Leonard Dickinson. For you see, Pendlebury was once Mr. Dickinson’s home, but is now a …

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The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories – Edited by Martin Edwards

This is the twelfth British Library Crime Classics anthology published, and the third collection set in winter. More specifically, this collection of short stories all occur around, or reference the Christmas season. Eleven tales involving murder, theft, and even a Christmas ghost!  This is a great collection of stories, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Edward Martin’s …

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