Monthly Archives: June 2012

International Booksellers’ Week, The Puzzly for June 2012 and more!

It’s Independent Booksellers’ Week in the UK from 30th June to 7th July and what better excuse to plug my local Independent Bookseller again, along with an upcoming event that any fan of crime-writing is going to want to go … Continue reading

Posted in Ben H Winters, Book Of The Month, Challenges, Frances Brody, Martin Edwards, Stephen Booth | 1 Comment

Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

James Bentley killed his landlady, Mrs McGinty. After coming home late one night, he smashed her over the head and then stole her savings. An open and shut case – her blood was found on his coat. The jury certainly … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot | 19 Comments

The Horus Killings by Paul Doherty

When last we met Amerotke, in The Mask of Ra, Queen Hatusu had apparently secured the throne of Egypt by her victory in the desert against the Mitanni. But she has opponents who believe that Tuthmosis’s young son – Hatusu’s … Continue reading

Posted in Amerotke, Historical Fiction Challenge, Historical Mysteries, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Paul Doherty | 6 Comments

A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

And so I begin my quest to find the appropriate book to introduce the great Agatha Christie to a group of fourteen year old young ladies at my school. If you want a little more background, then this post explains … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Miss Marple | 12 Comments

The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

Who in their right mind would accept an invitation to spend the night alone in a locked room if they knew they were in a detective novel? Especially a locked room that has, over the past centuries, killed a number … Continue reading

Posted in Carter Dickson, John Dickson Carr, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Sir Henry Merrivale | 15 Comments

The Eldamunde Cunningham Mysteries by J Conrad Beech

London in the 1890s. Mrs Hazel Bright, widow, receives a suggestion that she takes rooms at 14, Ryegate Mews, above a bookshop, with one Eldamunde Cunningham. Expecting a doddering old spinster, she instead finds a young woman with an interest … Continue reading

Posted in Eldamunde Cunningham, J Conrad Beech, Short Stories | 1 Comment

The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters

Concord, New Hampshire has been suffering under a spate of suicides – all of the victims have hanged themselves, hence the term “hangers” – but no-one particularly cares. It’s just a reflection of the rest of the world. You see, … Continue reading

Posted in Ben H Winters, Henry Palace, Mystery Tour of the USA | 8 Comments

Beginning Agatha Christie – A Request For Help

In lieu of a review for today – The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters will be coming along tomorrow, hopefully – a request for help. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve money or time, just a quick question. As you … Continue reading

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Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

Elinor Carlisle is having a rather bad time of it. After visiting her Aunt to check on her health – and, to be honest, the health of her inheritance, she finds herself in court charged with the murder of Mary … Continue reading

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The Ten Teacups aka The Peacock Feather Mystery by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

At the start of the year, I set myself some challenges – one of which was to keep working on my Ellery Queen and Sir Henry Merrivale pages. Well, in the course of the five months to date, I’ve manage … Continue reading

Posted in Carter Dickson, Challenges, John Dickson Carr, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Sir Henry Merrivale | 29 Comments