Book of the month: November 2015


Cover of the month, courtesy of the British Library

It’s been a lovely old-fashioned reading month here at Past Offences, with a definite Golden Age feel.

A. A. Milne: The Red House Mystery – a dilettante sleuth investigates the death of a control-freak patron of the arts. Raymond Chandler hated it, but I thought it was good clean fun.

Edgar Wallace: The Angel of Terror – a potboiler distinguished by a wonderfully callous female villain with her sights set on another woman’s fortune.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (review to come) – two collections of the mystery stories which helped forge the genre.

Christopher St John Sprigg’s Death of an Airman (review to come) – an Australian Bishop helps unravel a murder at an airfield, which intersects with a Scotland Yard narcotics investigation.

Book of the month? Elementary, surely… well, it would be graceless not to acknowledge Holmes and Watson.

See what other readers have chosen over at Mysteries in Paradise.

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Past Offences exists to review classic crime and mystery books, with ‘classic’ meaning books originally published before 1987.
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