Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book of the Month – July 2012

As the month of July draws to an end, it’s time for the least awaited event of any month – the awarding of the In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel Book Of The Month – aka The Puzzly – … Continue reading

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The Funeral Boat and The Bone Garden by Kate Ellis

So, to bring myself up to date, a double bill from one of my favourite current authors, Kate Ellis. I recently treated myself by filling all the gaps in my collection of the Wesley Peterson novels, a series of police … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Domain by Paul Doherty

Finally, the last of my holiday reading and it’s another from my favourite series of historical mysteries, those featuring Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston, coroner of London, in the early years of the reign of Richard II. There is … Continue reading

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Good As Dead by Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham, a former television comedy writer, has, since written ten best-selling crime novels featuring DI Tom Thorne – well, sort of ten, as Thorne also appears in a small role in Billingham’s apparently standalone thriller, In The Dark. I … Continue reading

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Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey

It was a long time ago when I last read something by Peter Lovesey. In fact, I’d completely forgotten that I’d read and reviewed The False Inspector Dew, which, to the chagrin of its many fans, I was rather non-plussed … Continue reading

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The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Too many books, too little time – and too much Olympics to watch – and I really need to catch up on these reviews, and so the next few reviews will be briefer than most. Schongau, Germany, 1659. Children have … Continue reading

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The Assassin’s Riddle by Paul Harding aka Paul Doherty

London, in the summer of 1380, and Edwin Chapler, clerk of the Office of the Green Wax, is pulled from the river, dead after receiving a nasty bash on the head. On the same day, notorious money-lender Bartholomew Drayton is … Continue reading

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The Armada Boy by Kate Ellis

A group of US D-Day veterans have returned to the Tradmouth area for a reunion, bringing their families with them. But for Norman Openheim, it’s the last visit that he will ever make, as he is found stabbed to death … Continue reading

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The Mervyn Stone Mysteries – Bargain Prices For One Weekend Only

Just thought I’d bring this to your attention, dear readers. You may have noticed my banging on and on about the Mervyn Stone Mysteries by Nev Fountain – namely Geek Tragedy, DVD Extras Include: Murder and Cursed Among Sequels, a … Continue reading

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Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Who’d want to kill a teacher? We’re lovely people, honest. Just because we want to inflict a little knowledge on you from time to time… Anyway, that’s the situation at the exclusive Meadowbank girls’ school – the new PE teacher, … Continue reading

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