Maybe Freeman Wills Crofts is less perennially famous than his fellow Detection Club members Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Still, his solid methodical police detective Inspector French is a personal favorite. Crofts made his living as a railway engineer before turning to crime writing in 1929. Many aspects of his previous profession bleed through, such as using railway timetables to make or break alibis … Continue reading Book Review: Antidote to Venom by Freeman Wills Crofts, Edited by Martin Edwards (1938)
Wash up on beautiful shores in far-flung places with this reading list. Sail across the English channel, down the Nile, across the Atlantic, or to the shores of New Zealand, but watch out there’s at least one killer on every voyage. Murderer’s Trail by J. Jefferson Farjeon (Ben the Tramp) Ben the Tramp is wandering the foggy streets of Limehouse; this ex-sailor and tramp are … Continue reading Reading List: Murderers Set Sail!
Six Against the Yard is another collaborative mystery novel written by members of the Detection Club, a group of British crime writers that included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton, among others. First published in 1936, the novel is unique in that it features six separate stories, each written by a different author, all centered around the idea of a group of criminals … Continue reading Book Review: Six Against the Yard by The Detection Club (1936)