Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Plague Lord by Paul Doherty

China, the late 13th Century. Marco Polo has the position of Chief Judge under the great Kublai Khan, and is enjoying life in the east. But there is trouble brewing in court… A vassal from Rome and a Buddhist nun … Continue reading

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Seeing Is Believing by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

A simple experiment in hypnotism to prove that you cannot make someone act against their nature. A woman is hypnotised and given a gun that she believes is real and asked to kill her husband. As expected, Vicky Fane cannot … Continue reading

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The Seven Wonders of Crime by Paul Halter

A lighthouse keeper is found burned to death inside his locked lighthouse. A man is shot dead from a crossbow bolt, fired apparently from the sky. Each time, the police receive a cryptic warning, unfortunately too cryptic to be understood … Continue reading

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Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Old Author October continues with one of the oldest authors, for me, namely Dame Agatha Christie, the author who may not have introduced me to the detective novel, but certainly the author who convinced me to stay. And one of … Continue reading

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The Four of Hearts by Ellery Queen

Once upon a time, there was a little blog that set out for itself a challenge – to present a complete bibliography of reviews of the works of Ellery Queen. Despite a plug in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, the last … Continue reading

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Valley Of The Shadow by Peter Tremayne

7th Century Ireland, and Sister Fidelma –religieuse, advocate of the law and sister to the king of Cashel – is sent to the settlement of Gleann Geis, situated in a near-inaccessible valley to discuss with the chieftain, Laisre, the establishment … Continue reading

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The Gallows Murders by Paul Doherty

The summer of 1523, and London is ravaged by sickness. As Roger Shallot expands his career into the dubious medicine business, King Henry VIII retires to Windsor, only to begin receiving threatening demands. Letters have been received questioning Henry’s right … Continue reading

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The Murder Quadrille by Fidelis Morgan

So, spoiler-free, right? Boy, this one’s going to be difficult to write without being too vague… It starts off with a dinner party. What follows involves murder, kidnapping, body-snatching and enough twists and turns to make your head spin. But … Continue reading

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The Dark Winter by David Mark

A retired trawlerman revisits the site of a tragedy in the North Sea. Forty years previously, he was the only survivor of the sinking of his ship. Lured to the site for a television documentary, he is attacked and left … Continue reading

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Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough

For those of you unaware of the writer, Rex Stout wrote 33 detective novels and 39 short stories featuring the detective Nero Wolfe. Wolfe is an eccentric genius who rarely leaves his New York home – which is equipped with … Continue reading

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