Author Archives: Cavershamragu

FRANTIC by Katherine Howell

This was Howell’s first book and launched the Ella Marconi series, which has reached its 8th volume (so far). Set in Sydney, Australia – I place I have recently come to know and love – this is a tense thriller … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time Challenge IX

The Once Upon a Time Challenge IX runs until 21 June and describes itself as “a reading and viewing and gaming event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology and allows for very minor (1 book … Continue reading

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Cash on Demand (1961) – Tuesday’s overlooked movie

This tense real-time thriller ultimately becomes, somewhat surprisingly, a variant on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Peter Cushing plays the austere and unyielding manager of the City & Colonial Bank in Haversham, disliked, with reason, by all his staff. Enter André … Continue reading

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SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (1941) by John Dickson Carr

This historical mystery, set around the battle of Waterloo and involving a locked room murder, a phantom woman who only our hero believes exists, a mysterious ‘man in black’ and a duel in a hot air balloon, was for decades a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Audio Review, England, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery, London | 41 Comments

Teaser poster for SPECTRE unveiled

Well, we’ve had a few behind the scenes videos posted (you can find them at the SPECTRE YouTube channel) but here is the official teaser poster, which could hardly be more spartan and to the point! Does it ring your … Continue reading

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THE MAN ON THE BALCONY (1967) by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

According to the cover of my paperback (on the left) this was the second case for Martin Beck, the Stockholm police detective created by husband and wife authors Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall. Actually, I’m pretty sure it was the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Police procedural, Sweden | 30 Comments


The armchair sleuth has been a fixture of mystery fiction from the days of Baroness Orczy’s ‘old man in the corner’ and Jacques Futrelle’s SFX Van Dusen. However, the frankly insane Inspector Allhoff was surely pulp fiction’s first wheelchair-bound detective. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Friday's Forgotten Book, New York | 34 Comments