Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

"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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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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Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

London, 1930. Jacob Flint, is an ambitious crime writer for The Clarion. Rachel Savernake, daughter of the late Judge Savernake, has just solved a murder that Scotland Yard couldn’t, and may be about to solve another. For Jacob, an interview with the elusive Rachel would make his career. Unfortunately for him, she sends him on …

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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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Death in Captivity by Michael Gilbert

Set in a Prisoner of War camp for British officers, Death in Captivity opens with the discovery of one of the prisoners dead in an escape tunnel. Accident or Murder? And when one of the prisoners is arrested for murder by their Italian captures it is left to Captain “Cuckoo” Goyles to discover the truth.  …

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