Monthly Archives: June 2011

She Died A Lady by Carter Dickson

Rita Wainwright was unhappily married to her older husband and was swept off her feet by Barry Sullivan, a young American actor. One dark night, she and Barry walked to the edge of the cliff near the house and jumped … Continue reading

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The Worm of Death by Nicholas Blake

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted on the Alphabet of Crime Fiction – partly as I didn’t have much time, having started my Ellery Queen Bibliography and partly because I didn’t have any U or V books … Continue reading

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The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Greek Coffin Mystery is one of the Ellery Queen novels that appears on almost every “Best of…” lists. When I first read it years ago, however, it seemed pretty unmemorable to me. So which is it – a classic … Continue reading

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The Dutch Shoe Mystery by Ellery Queen

Abigail Doorn lies on a trolley in the Dutch Memorial Hospital, waiting to be anaesthetised. A highly recognisable doctor, due to his mannerisms and his limp, yet wearing a full facemask and head covering, appears to check up on her … Continue reading

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Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

A change of pace, I think. After a multitude of Ellery Queen braintwisters, I needed something a little lighter. One of my colleagues at work lent me this little number, the 13th Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. Ah, Jack … Continue reading

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The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen

French’s Department Store has a window display, showcasing a retractable bed. Every day at noon, it is demonstrated to the public. One day, when the bed is opened, it contains the murdered body of the wife of the store’s owner. … Continue reading

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