Monthly Archives: December 2010

DVD Extras Include: Murder by Nev Fountain

This is the second book in the Mervyn Stone Mysteries by Nev Fountain, published by Big Finish Productions. The first book, Geek Tragedy, is reviewed here. Mervyn, as the script editor of the fictional TV show Vixens from the Void, … Continue reading

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Miss Marple Top Five

This one’s a bit harder than Poirot because, believe it or not, Agatha Christie only wrote twelve novels featuring her little old lady sleuth. However, for good reason, they remain some of her most popular books. They are all very … Continue reading

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The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr

The Case of the Constant Suicides was the third book by John Dickson Carr that I read. The first two, Panic in Box C and The Hollow Man (a.k.a. The Three Coffins) I enjoyed immensely, but I would say that … Continue reading

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Locked Room Mysteries

John Dickson Carr was the master of the locked room murder – well, writing about them, anyway. Pretty sure he didn’t do any. Just to be clear, when I’m talking about locked room murders, I’m using the phrase to include … Continue reading

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Hercule Poirot Top Five

After making a mention of Hercule Poirot’s Christmas a couple of posts back, it occurred to me that it’ll be a while before I get round to any of the Belgian detective’s exploits. So, given that he and Miss Marple … Continue reading

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Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve read most of Agatha Christie’s novels and something that has puzzled me a little in hindsight is why I haven’t read as many of Ngaio Marsh. I was certainly aware of her … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: Impossible – The Problems of Dr Sam Hawthorne by Edward D Hoch

Well, it’s Christmas, so for my next review, I thought I’d go for something festive. Unfortunately, I haven’t got time to re-read the excellent Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, so instead, I’m going to look at Diagnosis: Impossible by Edward D Hoch. … Continue reading

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Geek Tragedy by Nev Fountain

Nev Fountain wouldn’t have necessarily been the first person I would have expected to have written a classic mystery novel. As far as I’m aware, his main achievements in the past have been in radio comedy, although he came to … Continue reading

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Why I’m Writing This

Well, I thought I’d start with my inspiration to write this blog. I’ve always enjoyed a “proper” mystery. Maybe it’s my background as a mathematician (as the grammar of this blog might indicate) or my primary hobby as a competitive … Continue reading

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Off We Go!

OK, this is my first attempt at a blog and goodness only knows how often it’ll be updated. But here goes. The point of this blog is reviewing mystery novels. Note that I’m shying away from just saying crime novels, … Continue reading

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