Short reviews of classic mystery novels and stories that are worth reading and re-reading.
info_outline "The Case of the Leaning Man," by Christopher Bush 11/23/2020
"The Case of the Leaning Man," by Christopher Bush Ludovic Travers and Superintendent George Wharton of Scotland Yard take on a family feud that may have led to a couple of murders.
info_outline "It Might Lead Anywhere," by E.R. Punshon 11/16/2020
"It Might Lead Anywhere," by E.R. Punshon It was clearly going to be an interesting case – the murder of an inoffensive little man with no apparent enemies, not much in the way of physical clues. And that kind of case can be very frustrating indeed.
info_outline "Crossed Skis, by Carol Carnac 11/08/2020
"Crossed Skis, by Carol Carnac What connection could there be between a gruesome fire in a London house and a ski holiday in Lech Am Arlberg in the Austrian Alps? The answer may conceal a ruthless murderer. A mystery by E.C.R. Lorac writing as "Carol Carnac."
info_outline "The Glimpses of the Moon," by Edmund Crispin 10/19/2020
"The Glimpses of the Moon," by Edmund Crispin Edmund Crispin's final full-length mystery featuring Gervase Fen. A mystery with artfully rearranged bodies & missing heads & eccentric characters & assorted mayhem - and funny as well.
info_outline "The French Powder Mystery," by Ellery Queen 10/14/2020
"The French Powder Mystery," by Ellery Queen Passersby watching the daily advertising show in French's Department Store window got a lot more than they expected when a body fell out of the bed. This was the second novel by "Ellery Queen."
info_outline "Tread Softly," by Brian Flynn 10/07/2020
"Tread Softly," by Brian Flynn Claude Merivale admits he strangled his wife - but he says he did so while in a sleep so deep that everything he did, he did in a dream. Will the jury buy it? Or can Anthony Bathurst find evidence of a cunning killer at work?
info_outline "The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler," by Balduin Groller 09/23/2020
"The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler," by Balduin Groller Called the Viennese Sherlock Holmes, Dagobert Trostler was described by Ellery Queen as "the first important Teutonic sleuth." These early stories find Dagobert using logic and reason to solve crimes.
info_outline "Cécile is Dead," by Georges Simenon 09/07/2020
"Cécile is Dead," by Georges Simenon Cécile had come to the Parisian police headquarters to tell her terrible secret to Inspector Maigret. But Maigret, in the course of a busy day, lost track of Cécile – until she disappeared. And when Maigret, now worried about her, want to her apartment to see what he could find – well, by then it was too late, for Cécile was dead. Now Maigret must uncover her secret for himself.
info_outline "Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home," by Harry Kemelman 08/24/2020
"Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home," by Harry Kemelman Amid the turmoil of the late 1960s, Rabbi David Small deals with synagogue politics and social issues within his Conservative congregation, not to mention solving a couple of murders.
info_outline "Death Comes to Cambers," by E.R. Punshon 08/16/2020
"Death Comes to Cambers," by E.R. Punshon Bobby Owen was spending the weekend at Cambers, planning to advise Lady Cambers on keeping her valuable jewelry safe. But when he woke up the next morning, Lady Cambers had been murdered - and the jewels had vanished.
info_outline "The Box Office Murders," by Freeman Wills Crofts 07/19/2020
"The Box Office Murders," by Freeman Wills Crofts Inspector French hears a young woman's plea for help too late to save her - but when she is murdered, French must find out why a gang seems to be targeting low-level theatre clerks.
info_outline "The Collected Short Fiction of Ngaio Marsh," edited & introduced by Douglas G. Greene 07/13/2020
"The Collected Short Fiction of Ngaio Marsh," edited & introduced by Douglas G. Greene Ngaio Marsh is best known for her novels about Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn. This collection of her writing features short fiction - some with Alleyn, some with other characters.
info_outline "Murder Within Murder," by Frances and Richard Lockridge 06/07/2020
"Murder Within Murder," by Frances and Richard Lockridge Miss Amanda Gipson was a fine researcher to investigate old murders. But what if an old killing made a new one necessary? Pam and Jerry North investigate a possible murder within a murder.
info_outline "The Night of the Wolf," by Paul Halter 05/25/2020
"The Night of the Wolf," by Paul Halter "But that's impossible!" Or maybe not. Not when the story you're reading comes from Paul Halter, a modern French author with a gift for impossible crime stories. Ten short stories by Halter, translated by John Pugmire. Savor the (im)possibilities.
info_outline "The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel," by Christopher Bush 05/10/2020
"The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel," by Christopher Bush Henry Clandon wanted to hire Ludovic Travers to find the war hero who saved his life. But Clandon forgot to mention a few obstacles to the search - including murder.
info_outline "The Case of the Flowery Corpse," by Christopher Bush 05/03/2020
"The Case of the Flowery Corpse," by Christopher Bush Ludovic Travers was nearly run off the road by a car driven by a man dying of atropine poisoning. But Ludo - and the police - found that the deeper they dug into a case of murder, the more bizarre the clues became.