Category Archives: Old Author October

Seeing Is Believing by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

A simple experiment in hypnotism to prove that you cannot make someone act against their nature. A woman is hypnotised and given a gun that she believes is real and asked to kill her husband. As expected, Vicky Fane cannot … Continue reading

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The Seven Wonders of Crime by Paul Halter

A lighthouse keeper is found burned to death inside his locked lighthouse. A man is shot dead from a crossbow bolt, fired apparently from the sky. Each time, the police receive a cryptic warning, unfortunately too cryptic to be understood … Continue reading

Posted in Kindle, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Old Author October, Owen Burns, Paul Halter | 13 Comments

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Old Author October continues with one of the oldest authors, for me, namely Dame Agatha Christie, the author who may not have introduced me to the detective novel, but certainly the author who convinced me to stay. And one of … Continue reading

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The Four of Hearts by Ellery Queen

Once upon a time, there was a little blog that set out for itself a challenge – to present a complete bibliography of reviews of the works of Ellery Queen. Despite a plug in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, the last … Continue reading

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Valley Of The Shadow by Peter Tremayne

7th Century Ireland, and Sister Fidelma –religieuse, advocate of the law and sister to the king of Cashel – is sent to the settlement of Gleann Geis, situated in a near-inaccessible valley to discuss with the chieftain, Laisre, the establishment … Continue reading

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The Gallows Murders by Paul Doherty

The summer of 1523, and London is ravaged by sickness. As Roger Shallot expands his career into the dubious medicine business, King Henry VIII retires to Windsor, only to begin receiving threatening demands. Letters have been received questioning Henry’s right … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Fiction Challenge, Historical Mysteries, Kindle, Michael Clynes, Old Author October, Paul Doherty, Roger Shallot | 6 Comments

A Painted Doom by Kate Ellis

When a teenager discovers an horrific painting in a medieval barn, the interest is piqued of local archaeologist Neil Watson. But soon the dead body of sixties pop idol Jonny Shellmer turns up in a nearby field and the teenager … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Mysteries, Kate Ellis, Old Author October, Wesley Peterson | 10 Comments