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)

Featured image from Thrilling Mystery, May 1942. Artist Unknown. Obtained from