Category Archives: Short Stories

Murder In Miniature by Leo Bruce

Rupert Croft-Cooke was a prolific writer who, under the pseudonym Leo Bruce, wrote over thirty detective novels between 1936 and 1974. The first eight feature Sergeant Beef and the remaining feature Carolus Deene (about whom I know absolutely nothing). Between … Continue reading

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Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards

It’s Christmas! Well, no, it’s November, but it’s the time to start thinking about ordering the turkey, feeding the Christmas cake, writing letters to Santa detailing that first edition of The Black Spectacles that you’d like the elves to make … Continue reading

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Manhattan Mayhem edited by Mary Higgins Clark

New York – one of my favourite cities. I’m rather partial to the USA – primarily the bits between the big cities, having clocked up a total of 24 states visited so far, mostly by road, but New York (and … Continue reading

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The Sherlock Holmes Stories of Edward D Hoch

Sherlock Holmes – you might have heard of him – and you’ve probably seen that there are one or two or thousands of tales of the great sleuth written since Doyle put his pen down for the final time. I’ve … Continue reading

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Sherlockian Shorts – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

First published 1904, The Adventure of the Six Napoleons is the eighth story in the third collection of short stories, The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

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The Eldamunde Cunningham Mysteries by J Conrad Beech

London in the 1890s. Mrs Hazel Bright, widow, receives a suggestion that she takes rooms at 14, Ryegate Mews, above a bookshop, with one Eldamunde Cunningham. Expecting a doddering old spinster, she instead finds a young woman with an interest … Continue reading

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Six Impossible Things – Dr Sam Hawthorne stories 28-33 – Edward D Hoch

Edward D Hoch, in case you’re not aware, was a prolific writer of short stories – specifically mystery stories – specifically whodunit mystery stories. In the space of twelve pages, he would create a whole world with a number of … Continue reading

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