Cozy Mysteries During the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Cozy mysteries were a popular sub-genre of detective fiction during the Golden Age of detective fiction, which is generally considered to have spanned the 1920s and 1930s. Cozy mysteries were characterized by their lighthearted tone, small-town or village settings, and amateur sleuths who used their everyday skills and knowledge to solve crimes. Cozy mysteries were often seen as a response to the darker and more … Continue reading Cozy Mysteries During the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Movie Review: The Lady Vanishes (1938)

“The Lady Vanishes” is a 1938 thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and adapted from the novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. The film tells the story of a young woman named Iris, who is traveling by train across Europe. When one of her fellow passengers, an elderly governess named Miss Froy, disappears without a trace, Iris becomes determined to find out what … Continue reading Movie Review: The Lady Vanishes (1938)

TV Movie Review: The Lady Vanishes (2013)

“The Lady Vanishes” is a 2013 TV movie produced by the BBC, based on the novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. The movie stars Tuppence Middleton as Iris Carr, an adventurous young socialite who is traveling by train through Europe. During her journey, Iris befriends an elderly governess named Miss Froy (played by Selina Cadell), who suddenly disappears. Iris becomes determined to find … Continue reading TV Movie Review: The Lady Vanishes (2013)

Book Review: Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White (1933)

Some Must Watch is a novel by Ethel Lina White, first published in 1933. The book is a thriller/mystery that tells the story of a young woman named Helen Capel (the same name as the protagonist in “The Spiral Staircase”), who takes a job as a live-in assistant at a remote mansion in Wales. As Helen settles into her new job, she becomes aware of … Continue reading Book Review: Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White (1933)

Book Review: The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White (1936)

The Wheel Spins is a 1936 mystery novel by British author Ethel Lina White. The book tells the story of a young woman named Iris Carr, who is traveling by train through Europe when she befriends an elderly governess named Miss Froy. However, when Miss Froy disappears without a trace, Iris becomes determined to find out what happened to her. The novel is a masterful … Continue reading Book Review: The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White (1936)