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.

The King Is Dead by Ellery Queen

A peaceful evening at the Queen household is cut short by the arrival of some uninvited guests. Soon Ellery and his father are winging their way to the mysterious Bendigo Island, recruited by Abel Bendigo to protect his even-more-oddly named … Continue reading

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The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book OF The Month – February 2015

So, February 2015 and I may have got a little carried away with my reading. It’s the fault of Readathon UK, an event that supports a number of children’s charities through sponsored reading in schools. Our school librarian asked for … Continue reading

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Doc On The Box – Death In Paradise Series Four – Full-Time Report

A month ago, I had a look at the first half of Series Four of Death In Paradise, concluding that the series had taken a strong lead, beating me 3.5 to 0.5 – I half got the surfing one. So … Continue reading

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Captain Cut-Throat by John Dickson Carr

1805, Northern France, and Napoleon’s forces stand ready to cross the Channel and invade England. But here is dissention in the ranks as the night is patrolled by a shadowy figure, killing without a trace, leaving a note, signed Captain … Continue reading

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A Dark And Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

Lacey Flint has spent the last three books bouncing from trauma to trauma, but, having resigned from CID, life as a river policeman seems to be a perfect choice for her. Things can’t possibly go wrong… … until her sort-of … Continue reading

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Wobble To Death by Peter Lovesey

November 1879, the Agricultural Hall, London, the venue of the Six-day “Go As You Please Contest” or “Wobbles”. The aim – to walk or run as far as possible around a track over six days. Simple. Captain Erskine Chadwick and … Continue reading

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Murder Is Easy by Agatha Christie

Luke Fitzwilliam, an ex-police detective from India, finds himself sharing a train carriage with one Lavinia Pinkerton, an old lady from the village of Wychwood-Under-Ashe. She shares with him (in the vaguest possible manner) her suspicions that there is a … Continue reading

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