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Review: The word is murder by Anthony Horowitz

Having read Magpie Murders quite recently and been impressed, I was very much looking forward to this one. So here we go: A woman arranges her funeral: six hours later she is murdered. Is there any connection with a tragic car accident that took place ten years ago? What does her famous son have to … Continue reading Review: The word is murder by Anthony Horowitz

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Review: The Dying Alderman by Henry Wade

The Dying Alderman opens with the ponderous speech of Alderman Dodleigh, hiding the subject of affordable housing under a stifling blanket of verbiage. “Right nobly have our predecessors, in many cases our forefathers, fulfilled the onerous duties of public office, of public responsibility...” Understandably, the new Chief Constable – an ex-military man rather than a … Continue reading Review: The Dying Alderman by Henry Wade

Review: Reputation for a song by Edward Grierson

  “The particulars of the offence alleged against you are that you, Rupert Laurence Anderson, on the fifth day of October, 1949, in the county of York, murdered Robert Hemsley Anderson.”   Rupert Laurence Anderson, a small and delicate looking eighteen year old - in whose mouth butter wouldn’t merely remain solid but might positively … Continue reading Review: Reputation for a song by Edward Grierson

Review: Mischief in the Offing by Clifford Witting

John Denman is a quiet denizen of Riverside Cottage in the village of Wilchester. He is engaged in the enjoyable pursuit of writing about Herodotus when rudely interrupted by a girl in peril. Entering dramatically, he unfolds a tale of a “nasty beast” with “an enormous revolver – like Hopalong Cassidy’s” thus proving that her … Continue reading Review: Mischief in the Offing by Clifford Witting

Review: Sealed Room Murder by Rupert Penny

Mrs Harriet Steele is a woman possessed of all the attributes of a GAD Murder Victim (Priority One). She is selfish, mean, vindictive and unattractive; she has a Murky Past; and she is stuck, via some complicated testamentary shenanigans added to spite and greed, in a house with numerous family members who detest her, each … Continue reading Review: Sealed Room Murder by Rupert Penny

Review: The Gorse Trilogy by Patrick Hamilton

The Gorse Trilogy consists of The West Pier, Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse and Unknown Assailant. Each tells of an episode in the life of Ernest Ralph Gorse, a resoundingly unpleasant human being with a burning social snobbery, a complete disregard for others and a Hitler moustache. The plot of each is roughly the same: … Continue reading Review: The Gorse Trilogy by Patrick Hamilton

Review: The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

(Woohoo! I actually got an image to work!)   It's been several years since I read most of Margery Allingham's novels and, having been inspired by Kate at Crossexaminingcrime's recent forays, I decided to try a reread. The Crime at Black Dudley is the first of her novels to feature Albert Campion - though not, perhaps, … Continue reading Review: The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham