Author Archives: Cavershamragu

A MAN LAY DEAD (1934) by Ngaio Marsh

Having rather hated one of the later cases featuring Roderick Alleyn, the upper-class cop invented by Ngaio Marsh (click here for my splenetic review of False Scent), I thought I would dial back the clock and see how he fared in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, England, Ngaio Marsh, Roderick Alleyn, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 36 Comments

POSTERN OF FATE (1973) by Agatha Christie

This was Agatha Christie’s farewell to Tommy and Tuppence, the fun-loving Jazz Age adventurers currently back on TV in the shape of David Walliams and Jessica Raine. This was their fifth and final volume and sees the couple now in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Agatha Christie, Friday's Forgotten Book, Tommy & Tuppence | 56 Comments

FIFTY-TWO PICKUP (1974) by Elmore Leonard

This was the novel that put Elmore Leonard on the map as a crime writer – and was filmed twice in very quick succession, which is some kind of compliment! Having appeared as The Ambassador in 1984, it was re-made … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Elmore Leonard, Film Noir, John Frankenheimer, Noir on Tuesday, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 34 Comments

THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters

The apocalypse is a surprisingly frequent occurrence in fiction (and indeed can be seen to constitute its own subgenre), but admittedly not one often combined with the mystery genre. This was the major selling point of this Edgar-winning novel, the … Continue reading

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Strangler’s Web (1965) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

This whodunit was originally marketed as an “Edgar Wallace mystery thriller” but in fact was an original screenplay by Fedora favourite, George Baxt. We begin in ultra traditional fashion with a woman in a nightgown being pursued in a park at night by … Continue reading

Posted in Edgar Wallace, Film Noir, George Baxt, John Llewellyn Moxey, Noir on Tuesday, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 28 Comments

THE MAN IN LOWER TEN (1906) by Mary Roberts Rinehart

This was the debut novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958), though it originally only appeared between hard covers the year after the success of The Circular Staircase (1908), which more or less popularised the spinster ‘Had I but Known’ style most often associated … Continue reading

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INNOCENT by Scott Turow

I don’t read a lot of modern legal thrillers, despite a) being a confirmed mystery addict, b) loving courtroom dramas on film and TV and c) someone who got a law degree at university. Why? Well, despite several notable examples of … Continue reading

Posted in Courtroom, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 22 Comments