THE STRANGE WORLD OF PLANET X (1957) by Rène Ray

Ray_Strange-World-of-Planet-X_digitAnd now for a change of pace here at Fedora, featuring a novel by Irene Creese (1911-1993), better known as actress Rène Ray, who later became Countess of Midleton after marrying her longtime partner, George St John Brodrick, 2nd Earl of Midleton (1888-1979). Originally written as a TV serial, Planet X was later published as a novel, coinciding with the release of the movie adaptation (which was released in the US under various guises including, The Cosmic Monsters). It tells the story of a woman and two scientists …

This review is offered for Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at his fab blog, Sweet Freedom; and Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge.

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Going walkabout

Fedora will be going ‘dark’ for the next few weeks while I catch up with la famiglia in Umbria.

Arrivederci – and hope to see you all again in late July.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)

SH-and-the-Secret-Weapon_posterAfter the slightly uncertain beginning of Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), things get a bit more on track with the second of the Universal series of contemporary Sherlock Holmes adventures. Yes, we still have a propaganda story of espionage in which the great detective has to fight off the Nazis … but it also brings back Inspector Lestrade from the Doyle canon as well as his ultimate nemesis, Professor Moriarty (or rather, as he is billed perhaps tellingly in the credits, ‘Moriarity’). We begin in neutral Switzerland …

The following is offered for Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at his fab Sweet Freedom blog.

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NOTHING CAN RESCUE ME (1943) by Elizabeth Daly

Daly_Nothing-Can-Rescue-Me_bantamDon’t you just hate it when a book you think you’re really going to like just doesn’t ‘do it’ for you? This is such a case …It is one of 16 detective novels by Elizabeth Daly (1878-1967), who was said to be Agatha Christie’s favourite American mystery author. Antiquarian sleuth Henry Gamadge is investigating what might be a nasty prank or something darker. His old friend Florence, rich and recently married to a younger man, has been writing a novel, but someone is adding increasingly nasty comments to the typescript when she isn’t looking …

I offer this review for Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Friday’s Forgotten Books meme, hosted today by Todd Mason at Sweet Freedom. Continue reading

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CONCRETE ANGEL – guest post by Patti Abbott

CONCRETE ANGEL-HRPatti Abbott is blogger in chief at her fab Pattinase blog and is also the author of more than 100 stories in print, online, and in various anthologies. In 2009, she won a Derringer Award for her story ‘My Hero.’ She is the author of two ebooks of stories: Monkey Justice and Home Invasion (through Snubnose Press) and co-editor of Discount Noir  (Unteed Reads). She also is also the mother of crime writer Megan Abbott.

Her debut novel, Concrete Angel, has just been published by Polis Books and here, in a guest post, she described what compelled her to finally make the leap from short to long fiction. Over to you Patti …

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The Traitor (1957)

The-Traitor_cover2This review is by way of a small tribute to the multi-talented Christopher Lee, whose death at the age of 93 was announced a few days ago. This film, also known as The Accursed (and also, confusingly, The Accused), offers most of the virtues of a British 1950s B-movie: a solid cast, a decent mystery, and fine black and white cinematography. Here Lee, in a supporting role, plays a doctor who may also have betrayed the leader of his comrades in the underground resistance during the war. At the annual reunion of the group, a decade after the war, news reaches them that the identity of the informer is to be revealed. And unfortunately for those at the reunion, the killer wants to remain hidden …

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NIGHT OF THE HORNS (1958) and CRY WOLFRAM (1959) by Douglas Sanderson

Sanderson_Horns-Wolfram_starkThis volume, reprinting a pair of hitherto hard-to-find mysteries by Douglas Sanderson (1920-2002), comes from those very nice people at Stark House Press. Both originally appeared under multiple titles and bylines: Night of the Horns was known as Murder Comes Calling by ‘Malcolm Douglas’ in the US while Cry Wolfram was printed in France as Mark it for Murder by ‘Martin Brett.’ Both are action-packed thrillers narrated by an innocent man accused of murder and caught between two women.

I submit this review for Bev’s Golden Age Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.

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