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Eric Shepherd: Murder in a Nunnery

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‘When Inez first came to us she would have thought no more of stabbing than of washing her face. In fact she would have thought considerably less.’

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H. R. F. Keating: Zen There Was Murder

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‘Very well, then,’ said the superintendent, ‘since we both know what’s in my mind, let’s say it out loud.’ He leant forward and looked at Mr Utamaro. The piggy eyes blazing with determination. ‘Is there some trickery going on here?’ … Continue reading

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Alan Melville: Death of Anton

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‘Dear me,’ said Mr Minto. ‘And I always thought that circus people were just one big, happy family.’ ‘You’ve been reading the novelists who join up with a circus for a fortnight and then go home and write a book … Continue reading

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Francis Iles: Malice Aforethought

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Dr Bickleigh, an unassuming little chap with a distinct inferiority complex, lives in the exclusive hamlet of Wyvern’s Cross with his domineering wife Julia. Julia is one of the Devonshire Crewstantons; Bickleigh the son of a shopkeeper. She rules Bickleigh … Continue reading

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Freeman Wills Crofts: Antidote to Venom

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Antidote to Venom Freeman Wills Crofts First published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton, 1938 This edition, The British Library Publishing Division (2 April 2015) ISBN: 9780712357791 288 pages Source: Publisher review copy – thanks! I haven’t had much luck with … Continue reading

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Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery

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The Grell Mystery Frank Froest First published in the UK 1913 by Eveleigh Nash 324 pages in print This edition Project Gutenberg Frank Froest was Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Metropolitan Police from 1906 to his retirement in 1912 … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground

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Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith First published in the US by Random House, 1970 This edition, Penguin Books 1985 ISBN: 0140036024 264 pages Source: City Books, Norwich Murchison was not artistic. Or he wouldn’t be talking like this. Murchison didn’t … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: Fear Stalks the Village

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Fear Stalks the Village Ethel Lina White First published in the UK 1932 by Ward, Lock 190 pages in print This edition Business and Leadership Publishing The village was beautiful. It was enfolded in a hollow of the Downs, and wrapped up snugly—first, … Continue reading

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle First published in the UK 1901-02 in the Strand magazine 176 pages in print This edition Project Gutenberg I’m getting to the point, two thirds of the way through my personal challenge to … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: The Wheel Spins

The Wheel Spins Ethel Lina White First published in the UK 1936 by Collins Crime Club 190 pages in print This edition Business and Leadership Publishing, oddly With the triumph of near-pioneers, the crowd had swooped down on a beautiful village of … Continue reading

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