Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Morbid Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters

And now, without further ado… much delayed, much cancelled, much reinstated and much ado about nothing! It’s the Morbid Taste for Bones review! Twelfth century Shrewsbury, and in the Benedictine monastery, the prior has the idea to take a party … Continue reading

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A Murder In Thebes by Anna Apostolou aka Paul Doherty

In A Murder In Macedon, the murder of Philip of Macedon led to the ascension of Alexander the Great to the throne – once his Jewish friends Miriam and Simeon Bartimaeus sorted out the various plotters behind the events. Now … Continue reading

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A Nice Class Of Corpse by Simon Brett

Simon Brett is “a prolific writer of whodunnits” according  to Wikipedia. He’s also a television and radio writer, but with at least forty mystery novels under his belt, prolific would seem to be the right word. He is probably best … Continue reading

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The Case Of The Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall

How’s this for a set-up? Dr Suresh Jha is India’s finest myth-buster, having made a career of exposing fake gurus across the country. Despite receiving a prophecy of his own death, he attends his weekly therapeutic Laughing Club. As he … Continue reading

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Miles Jupp In A Locked Room – Radio 4

Just a quick post to let my readers know about this documentary on Radio 4. Comedian Miles Jupp discusses the locked room mystery with such luminaries as Mike Ashley, Paul Doherty, Christopher Fowler, Jasper Fforde, Paul Halter, John Pugmire and … Continue reading

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The Subtle Serpent by Peter Tremayne

666 AD, south-west Ireland. Sister Fidelma, advocate of the Brehon court, is summoned to a remote abbey. Apparently, two nuns had an unexpected surprise when they raised the water from their well one morning – namely a decapitated naked female … Continue reading

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The Midnight Man by Paul Doherty

Chaucer’s pilgrims have once again stopped for the night and it’s time for the physician to tell his tale of mystery and murder. Oddly, there’s not a doctor in sight in his tale of Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen … Continue reading

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A Fatal Thaw by Dana Stabenow

And so I finally find a little window in my busy life to write a review – seems like ages but it’s only been a week. Never mind, normal service will hopefully be resumed soon. It’s not that I haven’t … Continue reading

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The Hangman’s Hymn by Paul Doherty

And so we come once again to that most inconsistent of series, The Canterbury Tales as told by Paul Doherty – the tales of mystery, murder and mayhem as told by the pilgrims to pass the evenings on the way … Continue reading

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The Lord of Misrule by Paul Halter

Paul Halter is often referred to as the heir to John Dickson Carr. It’s an obvious title, given both his predilection for impossible crimes and also his (translated) writing style. His books have a genuine Golden Age feel for them … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Fiction Challenge, Historical Mysteries, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Owen Burns, Paul Halter | 11 Comments