Book Review: Murder by the Book, Edited by Martin Edwards (2021)

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Welcome to another review of one of the British Library Crime Classics series: Murder by the Book, edited by Martin Edwards. Murder by the Book is an anthology of sixteen short stories meticulously selected by Martin Edwards around the theme of books; there’s stories from 1890-1960 about writers, booksellers, and readers from the Golden Age of Detective… Continue reading Book Review: Murder by the Book, Edited by Martin Edwards (2021)

Book Review: Death in Provence by Serena Kent (2018)

Death in Provence by Serena Kent is the first Penelope Kite Mystery series book. Death in Provence follows the story of Penelope Kite, a recently divorced British woman who has moved south of France to start a new life. Penelope’s idyllic new beginning is interrupted when she discovers the body of her neighbor, Henri Mallet, floating in his swimming pool. As the police investigate the … Continue reading Book Review: Death in Provence by Serena Kent (2018)

Book Review: Bright Young Dead by Jessica Fellowes (2018)

Bright Young Dead is a mystery novel by Jessica Fellowes, published in 2018. It is the second book in the Mitford Murders series. The story takes place in 1925, in the glamorous and decadent world of the “Bright Young People” in London. The protagonist, Louisa Cannon, is working as a nanny for the Mitford family, but when she stumbles upon the body of a young … Continue reading Book Review: Bright Young Dead by Jessica Fellowes (2018)

Book Review: The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (1968)

The Laughing Policeman is a crime novel written by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall, featuring the fictional Swedish police detective Martin Beck. The novel was first published in 1968 and is part of the ten-book Martin Beck series. The novel’s plot revolves around a mass shooting on a Stockholm bus that kills nine people, including two police officers. Martin Beck is assigned to lead the … Continue reading Book Review: The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (1968)

Book Review: The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong (1945)

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The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong is a classic mystery novel, originally published in 1945. The story follows Jane, a young woman who is investigating the supposed suicide of her best friend Rosaleen. Rosaleen was found dead in a soundproof room, and although the police believe it was a suicide, Jane is convinced that her friend was murdered.… Continue reading Book Review: The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong (1945)

Book Review: The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong (1948)

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The Chocolate Cobweb is a gripping mystery novel written by Charlotte Armstrong. The book tells the story of Amanda Garth, who discovers that her birth was shrouded in mystery and decides to investigate her true parentage. Amanda approaches the Garrison family, who were briefly involved in her birth mix-up, in the hope of uncovering the truth. However,… Continue reading Book Review: The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong (1948)

Book Review: Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver (1958)

Anatomy of a Murder is a novel written by Robert Traver, the pen name of John D. Voelker, and was first published by St. Martin’s Press in 1958. The book was an immediate success, receiving critical acclaim and commercial success. It was also adapted into a successful film of the same name in 1959, directed by Otto Preminger and starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, and … Continue reading Book Review: Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver (1958)

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing until the very end. The novel follows Rachel Watson, a woman who has recently divorced her husband, Tom, after he cheated on her with his now-wife, Anna. Rachel is an alcoholic and spends her days riding the train, watching the houses and people go by. She becomes particularly fixated … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)

Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of a Pie by Alan Bradley (2009)

Introduction The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is the first novel in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. The book is set in the year 1950 and follows the story of an eleven-year-old girl, Flavia de Luce, who is an amateur sleuth with a passion for chemistry. Flavia lives with her father and two sisters at Buckshaw, a decaying estate … Continue reading Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of a Pie by Alan Bradley (2009)

Book Review: The Penguin Pool Murder by Stuart Palmer (1932)

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In Hildegarde Withers first case, she teams up with Detective Oscar Piper to find who killed stockbroker, Gerald Lester, and dumped his body in the New York City Aquarium’s penguin tank, in Stuart Palmer’s 1932 novel, The Penguin Pool Murder.¬†Audiences loved it so much that¬† it was turned into a blockbuster feature film with the same title… Continue reading Book Review: The Penguin Pool Murder by Stuart Palmer (1932)