Stacking the Shelves (3)

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, eBooks, and audiobooks.

The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs


Dr. James Macintosh, the Bishop of Greyle, was a mysterious man; for a long time, nobody even knew his last name. But things take a turn for the bizarre when his body is found emaciated and battered having being pushed face-first off the edge of a cliff…

Inspector Littlejohn faces an incredibly peculiar case. How to explain the savage murder of a gentle Bishop? Did he know too much about the secretive citizens of Cape Marvin, the seaside resort of his murder? Or did the reason have something to do with the strange family he had left behind in Medhope?

Above all, why was the Bishop’s body so undernourished that death by violence won out by only a few days over death by starvation?


Why I added it:

An ebook was gifted to me by the George Bellairs Literary Estate in exchange for a review on Amazon. I am excited to read another George Bellairs book after reading and reviewing The Body in the Dumb River.

The Brooklyn Murders by G. D. H. and Margaret Cole


The setting is the London mansion and nearby theatre belonging to Sir Vernon Brooklyn, the famed theatrical impresario. On the night of his birthday he announces a new will – and two dead bodies are discovered the next day. The clues point to the conclusion that each man killed the other – a physical impossibility as the two victims lie not together, but apart. The discovery of a heavy club at the scene of the crimes points to Sir Vernon’s wastrel brother, Walter, as the murderer. Determined to prove Walter’s innocence, Joan Cowper his estranged stepdaughter and her lover, Robert Ellery, set out to establish his movements. Meanwhile, Superintendent Henry Wilson of Scotland Yard is called in to officially investigate…


Why I added it:

I recently read a short story written by G. D. H. and Margaret Cole in the anthology Murder by the Book, edited by Martin Edwards and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to see what else they had written. When I saw this novel for $0.99 on Kindle I thought I would check it out.

Two-Way Murder by E.C.R. Lorac


It is a dark and misty night—isn’t it always?—and bachelors Nicholas and Ian are driving to the ball at Fordings, a beautiful concert hall in the countryside. There waits the charming Dilys Maine, and a party buzzing with rumours of one Rosemary Reeve who disappeared on the eve of this event the previous year, not found to this day. With thoughts of mysterious case ringing in their ears, Dilys and Nicholas strike a stranger on the drive back home, launching a new investigation and unwittingly reviving the search for what really became of Rosemary Reeve.

Written in the last years of the author’s life, this previously unpublished novel is a tribute to Lorac’s enduring skill for constructing an ingenious puzzle, replete with memorable characters and gripping detective work.

Crime fiction lovers can’t miss the classic golden age mysteries published in the acclaimed British Crime Classics series!


Why I added it:

Two-Way Murder by E.C.R. Lorac was on the TBR list, but when I saw it was on sale on Amazon, I picked it up. I’m trying to add as many British Library Crime Classics books to my collection as possible because they are great mysteries with high-quality introductions. I’m also quickly becoming a massive fan of E.C.R. Lorac’s work after reading These Names Make Clues and Post After Post-Mortem.


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