Corpses in Enderby by George Bellairs

On a stormy night in Enderby, someone shot Ned Bunn. Considering that Ned was a very nasty individual, the list of suspects is a long one. Was it the the suitor who Ned had warned to stay away from his daughter? Or Mr. Hetherow, who threatened to kill Ned for taking his business from him. …

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Portrait of a Murderer

"Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. The crime was instantaneous and unpremeditated, and the murderer was left staring from the weapon on the table to the dead man in the shadow of the tapestry curtains, not …

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The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

Professor Alfred Wragby, a scientist whose research has yielded a new discovery, is spending the Christmas holidays at the Guest House in rural England. Nigel Strangeways has been assigned to keep an eye on Wragby and his family. And when the professor’s young daughter is kidnapped, Nigel finds himself not only trying to find her, …

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Deep Waters by Martin Edwards

Anthologies are not something I usually read. Deep Waters has changed my mind…at least with regards to the British Library Crime Classics (I was traumatized by the Norton Anthologies in high school). This collection of short stories, the majority of which are from the Golden Age, has obviously been curated with great care. Sixteen tales …

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Murder in the Mill-Race by E.C.R. Lorac

Sister Monica was many things.  The Warden of Gramarye Children’s Home, she took in and trained delinquent young women as domestics, she collected vast amounts of money for the village charities. According to everyone in the village of Milham on the Moor she was a saint. So why did someone bash her in the back of …

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