British Crime Classics Challenge 2020

This year Rekha @ The Book Decoder has been hosting The British Crime Classics Challenge, and she’s all set to do it again in 2020.

The rules of the challenge are simple. The books that you read must be from the Crime/Mystery, and Thrillers genre. Any subgenrr is allowed, but because this is a Classics challenge the books must be written before 1965. Rekha’s original post is HERE. She’s provided lots of information about what, where, and how, so give it a look.

This page will contain the links to the reviews for the books I’ve read as a part of the challenge. Check in on my progress if you get the chance!

  1. Murder of Lydia by Joan A. Cowdrey
  2. The Billiard Room Mystery by Brian Flynn
  3. The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr (1938) 
  4. The Policeman’s Holiday by Rupert Penny (1937)
  5. The Hanging Captain by Henry Wade (1933)
  6. The Groote Park Murder by Freeman Wills Crofts (1923)
  7. Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1939)
  8. Fear and Miss Betony by Dorothy Bowers (1941)
  9. The Penguin Pool Murder by Stuart Palmer (1941)
  10. Case for Three Detectives by Leo Bruce (1936)
  11. Murder in the Maze by J. J. Connington (1927)
  12. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (1941)
  13. When the Wind Blows by Cyril Hare (1949)
  14. Death in Fancy Dress by Anthony Gilbert (1933)
  15. The Problem of the Green Capsule by John Dickson Carr (1939)
  16. Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs (1942)
  17. Death Walks in Eastrepps by Francis Beeding (1931) 
  18. Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude (1947)
  19. Dancing Death by Christopher Bush (1931)
  20. Keep It Quiet by Richard Hull (1935)
  21. Crime In Kensington by Christopher St. John Sprigg (1933)
  22. Roger Sherington and the Vane Mystery by Anthony Berkeley (1927)
  23. The Ponson Case by Freeman Wills Crofts (1921)
  24. The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr (1939)
  25. Bleeding Hooks by Harriet Rutland (1933)
  26. The Shakespeare Murders by A. G. MacDonnell (1929)
  27. Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs (1949)
  28. Answer in the Negative by Henrietta Hamilton (1959)
  29. Dead Man’s Music by Christopher Bush (1931)
  30. Who Killed Dick Whittington? by E. & M. A. Radford (1947)
  31. The Eel Pie Murders by David Frome (1933)
  32. The Middle of Things by J. S. Fletcher (1922)
  33. The Case of the Black Twenty-Two by Brian Flynn (1928)
  34. Inquest by Henrietta Clandon (1933)
  35. Death in Fancy Dress (Fancy Dress Ball UK) by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1934)
  36. The Duke of York’s Steps by John Wade (1932)
  37. The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr (1940)
  38. The Case of Sir Adam Braid by Molly Thynne (1930)
  39. Dead Man’s Quarry by Ianthe Jerrold (1930)
  40. The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude (1937)
  41. The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1932)
  42. Tragedy at Ravensthorpe by J. J. Connington (1927)
  43. Inspector French’s Greatest Case by Freeman Wills Crofts (1924)
  44. The March Hare Murders by E. X. Ferrars (1949)
  45. Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg (1934)
  46. The Vanishing Man (aka The Eye of Osiris) by R. Austin Freeman (1911)
  47. Murder to Music by Margaret Newman (1959)
  48. Who Killed the Curate by Joan Coggins (1944)
  49. Castle Skull by John Dickson Carr (1929)
  50. Cut Throat by Christopher Bush (1932)
  51. The Black Beadle by E. C. R. Lorac (1939)
  52. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (1924)
  53. Death of My Aunt by C. H. B. Kitchin (1929)
  54. Death in Room Five by George Bellairs (1955)
  55. Murder at Beechlands by Maureen Sarsfield (1948)
  56. The Murders Near Mapleton by Brian Flynn (1929)
  57. The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr (Jun 1941)
  58. Death in White Pyjamas by John Bude (1944)
  59. Death Knows No Calendar by John Bude (1942)
  60. The Arsenal Stadium Murder by Leonard Gribble (1939)
  61. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1920)
  62. Miss Hogg and the Brontë Murders by Austin Lee (1956)
  63. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie (1934)
  64. Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand (1941)
  65. Death Turns the Tables by John Dickson Carr (Sep 1941)
  66. Mr. Pottermack’s Oversight by A. Austin (1930)
  67. Death Walks the Woods by Cyril Hare (1954)
  68. Inspector French and the Sea Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts (1928)
  69. A Dying Fall by Henry Wade (1955)
  70. The Case of the April Fools by Christopher Bush (1933)
  71. Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr (1944)
  72. The Ghost It Was by Richard Hull (1950)
  73. Night Train to Paris by Manning Coles (1952)
  74. Fatality in Fleet Street by Christopher St. John Sprigg (1933)
  75. Half-Mast Murder by Milward Kennedy (1930)
  76. He’d Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs (1945)
  77. Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer (1933)
  78. The Sittaford Mystery (aka Murder at Hazelmoor) by Agatha Christie (1931)
  79. The Creeping Jenny Mystery by Brian Flynn (1930)
  80. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie (1942)
  81. The 31st of February by Julian Symons (1942)
  82. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (1924)
  83. He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr (1946)
  84. The Devil and the C.I.D. by E.C.R. Lorac (1938)
  85. Death at Swaythling Court by J. J. Connington (1926)
  86. Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth (1928)
  87. Sir John MaGill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts (1930)
  88. The Sleeping Sphinx by John Dickson Carr (1947)
  89. The Cat Climbs by C. A. Tarrant (1936)
  90. The Case of the Three Strange Faces by Christopher Bush (1933)
  91. The Murder of a Quack by George Bellairs (1943)
  92. The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie (1932)
  93. Bodies in a Bookshop by R. T. Campbell (1948)
  94. Family Matters by Anthony Rolls (1933)
  95. Below Suspicion by John Dickson Carr (1949)
  96. Untimely Death by Cyril Hare (1958)
  97. Dead Man’s Knock by John Dickson Carr (1958)
  98. The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne (1922)
  99. Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes (1941)
  100. Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie (1937)
  101. The Art School Murders by Moray Dalton (1943)
  102. He Dies and Makes No Sign by Molly Thynne (1933)
  103. Pontifex, Son and Thorndyke by R. Austin Freeman (1931)
  104. The Fear Sign by Margery Allingham (1933)
  105. In Spite of Thunder by John Dickson Carr (1960)
  106. The Riddle of Wraye by John Laurence (1936)
  107. Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull (1936)
  108. Murder Isn’t Cricket by E. & M. A. Radford (1946)
  109. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley (1929)
  110. The Woman in the Wardrobe by Peter Shaffer (1951)
  111. The Lyttleton Case by R. A. V. Morris (1922)
  112. A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake (1935)
  113. The Dead Shall Be Raised by George Bellairs (1942)
  114. Maid to Murder by Roy Vickers (1950)
  115. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie (1925)
  116. The Case of the 100% Alibis by Christopher Bush (1934)
  117. It Walks by Night by John Dickson Carr (1930)
  118. Behold, Here’s Poison! by Georgette Heyer (1936)
  119. Mr. Pinkerton Finds a Body (1934)
  120. Shroud of Darkness by E. C. R. Lorac (1954)
  121. Inspector French and the Starvel Hollow Tragedy by Freeman Wills Crofts (1927)
  122. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (1927)
  123. Swan Song by Edmund Crispin (1947)
  124. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (1942)
  125. The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill (1892)
  126. The Woman in Red by Anthony Gilbert (1941)
  127. The May Week Murders by Douglas G. Browne (1937)
  128. Little God Ben by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1935)
  129. Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham (1936)
  130. Murder En Route by Brian Flynn (1930)
  131. The Pit-Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Crofts (1922)
  132. The Spirit Murder Mystery by Robin Forsythe (1936)
  133. And Death Came Too by Richard Hull (1939)
  134. Lonely Magdalen by Henry Wade (1940)
  135. The Port of London Murders by Josephine Bell (1938)
  136. Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert (1947)
  137. The Mystery of the Invisible Thief by Enid Blyton (1950)
  138. Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs (1951)
  139. The Brading Collection by Patricia Wentworth (1950)
  140. The Four Defences by J. J. Connington (1940)
  141. Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac (1952)
  142. Death at Crane’s Court by Eilís Dillon (1953)
  143. The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson (1934)
  144. The Case of the Monday Murders by Christopher Bush (1936)
  145. Let Him Lie by Ianthe Jerrold(1940) 
  146. Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand (1948) 
  147. Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley (1913) 
  148. Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake (1936)
  149. Murder Included by Joanna Cannan (1950)

Featured image from Thrilling Mystery, May 1942. Artist Unknown. Obtained from https://archive.org/details/ThrillingMysteryV18N03194205