Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

During a séance in Sittaford House, the Ouija board spells out “Captain Trevelyan Dead”. You’ll never guess what happens at roughly the same time to Captain Trevelyan in his house a few miles away at the same time? Bludgeoned to … Continue reading

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Support Your Local Bookshop!

You will probably recall my recent post concerning my frustration with bookshops stocking books that I actually want to read – if you don’t, you can read it here. But I wanted to share a couple of very positive experiences … Continue reading

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An Unhallowed Grave by Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis is the writer of nineteen mystery novels, fifteen of which feature Wesley Peterson, a police detective based in Devon with an interest in archaeology. As she was signing her latest novel, The Jackal Man, at Pritchard’s in Formby, … Continue reading

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Top Five of the First Fifty

Well, well, well. Since starting the blog, I’ve read and reviewed 50 books. I think it’s safe to say that my reader’s block seems to have been overcome. So, without further ado, I think it’s time to look at the … Continue reading

Posted in Ariana Franklin, Carter Dickson, Domingo Villar, Edward Marston, Ellery Queen, General, Hake Talbot, John Dickson Carr, Nev Fountain, Nicholas Blake, Paul Doherty, Peter Lovesey, Simon Brett, Top Fives | 6 Comments

Corpse Candle by Paul Doherty

There’s a minor dispute going on at St Martin’s-In-The-Marsh monastery over the development of some land that contains a sacred burial mound. Meanwhile, Abbot Stephen is about to prove his prowess at exorcism on someone possessed by the local ghost, … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Mysteries, Hugh Corbett, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Paul Doherty | 10 Comments

The Egyptian Cross Mystery by Ellery Queen

A school teacher is found at a crossroads, crucified and decapitated, in West Virginia. Six months later, a millionaire on Long Island suffers the same fate. There appears to be no connection between them apart from a madman seen at … Continue reading

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“CJ Sansom and Scandinavian Crime”

“All that is selling in Crime Fiction is CJ Sansom and Scandinavian books.” That’s what I was told today in Waterstones. Let me backtrack a moment. I decided to let Mrs Puzzledoctor get on with some work this morning by … Continue reading

Posted in General, Paul Doherty, Simon Brett | 11 Comments