Author Archives: Puzzle Doctor

About Puzzle Doctor

I'm a mathematician by nature and as such have always been drawn to the logical side of things. Hence my two main hobbies being classic mysteries and logical puzzling. Oh, and cats. No logic there, I'm afraid.

Strangled Prose by Joan Hess

Farber, Arkansas, a college town, where Claire Malloy supports her fourteen year-old daughter by running an academic bookstore. Professor of Passion is hardly the sort of material that she normally stocks, but her friend Mildred, the real identity of author … Continue reading

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Sleeping With The Crawfish by D J Donaldson

Andy Broussard, New Orleans  medical examiner, has a puzzle. Not the mysterious lesions in the brain of the body on his examining table, but the fact that his fingerprints are a perfect match for someone who is currently in jail … Continue reading

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Some Lie And Some Die by Ruth Rendell

1973 and a pop festival has come to Kingsmarkham. While DS Burden sees it as an opportunity for the further degeneration of society as a whole, DI Wexford has a slightly more positive view on matters. Everyone – apart from … Continue reading

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The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – July 2014

Another month, another pile of mysteries reviewed. As with last month, a number of new releases, a couple of classic authors, and, for the first time in ages, not a single historical mystery – how strange. As I’ve frequently mentioned, … Continue reading

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Sicken And So Die by Simon Brett

“If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting The appetite may sicken, and so die.” Charles Paris has finally managed to tick off one of his dream roles. An old colleague has … Continue reading

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The Seat Of The Scornful aka Death Turns The Tables by John Dickson Carr

To describe Judge Ireton as arrogant would be something of an understatement. His daughter, Constance, introduces her fiancé Tony Morrell to him, and the Judge immediately (well, once Constance is out of the room) offer £3,000 for the undesirable Morrell … Continue reading

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White Crocodile by K T Medina

A shadow is being cast over the region of Battambang in Cambodia. Teenage mothers are vanishing from the villages surrounding the minefields, some later turning up dead. Members of the mine clearance team working on the site are being lured … Continue reading

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Too Many Mysteries – A Cry For Help!

As regular readers will have spotted, I’ve just moved house – a lovely farmhouse that’s older than the USA – and I’ve got my own study. Four walls – one of which is somewhat inflicted with damp – a ceiling … Continue reading

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World Of Trouble – The Last Policeman Book III by Ben H Winters

Doomsday minus 14 days. The world is going to end, the asteroid 2011GV1, otherwise known as Maia is going to hit the Earth and then everything will end. And Detective Hank Palace has one last case to solve – he’s … Continue reading

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All Day And A Night by Alafair Burke

Psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is found murdered in her office, her limbs broken post mortem. This was the signature of the serial killer Anthony Amaro, who killed six women in the same manner twenty years previously. A serial killer who is … Continue reading

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