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.

What Bloody Man Is That? by Simon Brett

What bloody man is that? He can report, As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state. 1987 and Charles Paris is back in work, in a local production of The Scottish Play, no less. He’s been promised … Continue reading

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St Brigid’s Bones by Philip Freeman

Sixth Century Ireland and the abbey of Kildare. The abbey houses the bones of Saint Brigid, attracting visitors and donations alike. But the abbey seems under threat – a newly built church burns down and worse, the bones of St … Continue reading

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The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – June 2015

It’s been an odd couple of months on the blog. The focus on Golden Age mysteries, due to the excellent Bodies From The Library event at the British Library, meant that I was reviewing some books that I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading

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In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward

Bampton in Derbyshire, 1978. Walking home from school, two girls, Rachel Jones and Sophie Jenkins, are lured into a stranger’s car. Rachel returns home with little memory of what occurred but Sophie disappeared without trace. Rachel has tried to move … Continue reading

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From The Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins

Following on from her exploits in A Murder At Rosamund’s Gate (and preceding those in The Masque Of A Murderer), Lucy Campion has found herself in a difficult position. The former lady’s maid at the house of a magistrate no … Continue reading

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Another Murder On The Orient Express

News has reached the ears of Puzzle Doctor (via the mainstream media, not due to any particular contacts) that there’s an Agatha Christie movie in the works, with Kenneth Branagh attached to direct. And that film is… well, the title … Continue reading

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Death Of A Ghost by Margery Allingham

John Lafcadio, a great painter (in his own opinion at least) has concocted a scheme for his fame to last well beyond his death. He has bequeathed twelve paintings to his wife to be unveiled ceremoniously, one a year, after … Continue reading

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