Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Door Between by Ellery Queen

And so, to the demand of absolutely no-one, I return to my bibliography of reviews of the novels of Ellery Queen, aka Fred Dannay and Manfred Lee, after too long a break, caused almost completely by the discovery of Paul … Continue reading

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End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake

Nicholas Blake, aka Cecil Day-Lewis, the Poet Laureate from 1968-72 wrote twenty two detective novels. The most renowned seems Head of a Traveller, although The Beast Must Die is also very popular. Obviously I haven’t read or reviewed these – … Continue reading

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Death in Paradise – BBC1 TV Review

I tweeted recently to keep an eye out for “Death in Paradise”, a new BBC1 crime show starring Ben Miller, of Armstrong and Miller fame, as the trailer indicated that the first episode contained what was referred to as “a … Continue reading

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The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – a Multimedia Review

In one of my earliest posts, my Hercule Poirot Top Five, I mentioned that I didn’t count Sherlock Holmes among the classic detectives – a nonsense statement in hindsight, but I thought it was way past time I visited the … Continue reading

Posted in Audiobooks, Film and TV, Sherlock Holmes, Short Stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | 17 Comments

Murder Most Holy by Paul Harding aka Paul Doherty

Brother Athelstan has three problems to deal with. A skeleton has been found under the flagstones in his parish church – which promptly demonstrates miraculous healing properties. Sir John Cranston has accepted a 1000 crown wager to solve the case … Continue reading

Posted in Brother Athelstan, Historical Mysteries, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Paul Doherty, Paul Harding | 8 Comments

My Prize Winning Review – Doctor Who – Omega

And so, the time is here for my prize-winning review! To set it in context, Big Finish, makers of audio drama par excellence, recently held a review writing competition. The conditions – it had to be one of their products … Continue reading

Posted in Audiobooks, Film and TV, Nev Fountain, Science Fiction | 7 Comments

The Mystery of “The House In Goblin Wood”

My regular readers will probably remember that I’ve already reviewed The House at Goblin Wood, the only short story written by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr featuring Sir Henry Merrivale. But I’m asking for a little in solving a … Continue reading

Posted in Ariana Franklin, Carter Dickson, Ellery Queen, General, John Dickson Carr, Short Stories | 13 Comments

The Assassin In The Greenwood by Paul Doherty

Ah, Robin Hood. Everyone knows the tales of robbing the rich and giving to the poor. Well, this is the story of robbing the rich tax-collectors, murdering all but one of them – who has his fingers cut off, just … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Mysteries, Hugh Corbett, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Paul Doherty | 4 Comments

The Reader is Warned by Carter Dickson

How straightforward. A man drops down dead and someone else owns up to the murder. The only problem here – the confessor, Pennik, has an ironclad alibi and insists that he used Teleforce – the power of his mind – … Continue reading

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Murder Wears A Cowl by Paul Doherty

1302, London, and it seems a maniac is slitting the throats of the local ladies of dubious repute. On the thirteenth of the month, for over a year, a prostitute has been found dead. Things escalate when Lady Somerville, one … Continue reading

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