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 Exactly Is A Golden Age Mystery? Part Two – A Call For Help

So, following on from my recent post concerning Ronald Knox’s Decalogue – ten rules for detective stories that, it seems, most people took as a joke, whether it was intended to be or not – I thought it was time … Continue reading

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Miss Silver Comes To Stay by Patricia Wentworth

Before he left to seek his fortune, James Lessiter put a strain on the friendship between Rietta Cray and Catherine Lee by telling Rietta that he loved her. But then he leaves and the two women go on with their … Continue reading

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Crossword Mystery by E R Punshon

Back to 1934 to meet Detective Constable Bobby Owen, B.A. (Oxon, pass degree only). Having sorted out a couple of cases in the past, Bobby is recruited to keep an eye on George Winterton, a retired businessman, living on the … Continue reading

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What Exactly Is A Golden Age Mystery? Part One – Ronald Knox

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m looking more carefully than usual at the Golden Age of Detective Fiction at the moment, mostly so that I don’t look like an ill-informed twerp at The Bodies From The Library meeting … Continue reading

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Overture To Death by Ngaio Marsh

1939, the village of Chippingwood. The great and the good of the village – the local squire, his son, the vicar, his daughter, two old ladies, the village doctor and his femme fatale – are planning a play to be … Continue reading

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Traitor’s Purse by Margery Allingham

Albert Campion awakes in a hospital bed and… well, he’s got absolutely no idea how he got there. Or what he was doing. And who exactly he is… Suspected of assaulting a police officer, Campion goes on the run. Soon, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Crime Novels Of The Last Decade – in my opinion…

Well, those nice folk at WordPress inform me that this is my 700th post, so, as I usually do, it’s time for a special post. As I was getting close to this “milestone”, I was at a bit of a … Continue reading

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