Category Archives: Golden Age Girls

THE HORIZONTAL MAN (1946) by Helen Eustis

Phew! By the skin of my teeth I’ve managed to complete the 2012 Vintage Mystery Readers Challenge. To celebrate, and as my last blog post until late January, here is my (short) review of Helen Eustis’ influential Edgar-winning debut. Set … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Amnesia, Campus Crime, Five Star review, Golden Age Girls, Margaret Millar, New York, Robert Bloch, Scene of the crime | 22 Comments

THE G-STRING MURDERS (1941) by Gypsy Rose Lee

Rose Louise Hovick (1914-70), better known under her stage name, ‘Gypsy Rose Lee’, had a brief but notable career. Her autobiography, Gypsy, detailing her rise to become the ‘Queen of Burlesque’ was a Broadway hit and was later filmed with … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Craig Rice, Friday's Forgotten Book, Golden Age Girls, New York, Scene of the crime, Screwball | 33 Comments

2013 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge

The indefatigable and always welcoming Bev of My Reader’s Block is already laying out the groundwork for her 2013 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, which as always focuses on mystery fiction published pre-1960 to be eligible for inclusion. I’ve had a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, 2013 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Golden Age Girls | 14 Comments

THE HOUSE (1947) by Hilda Lawrence

John Norris has featured several postwar Gothic mysteries of late over at his fantabulous Pretty Sinister Books, whetting my appetite for something similar. So I finally decided to dust off this mystery by Hilda Lawrence (1906-76) and give it a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Friday's Forgotten Book, Golden Age Girls, Gothic, Hilda Lawrence | 32 Comments

UNFINISHED PORTRAIT (1934) by Agatha Christie

When I started Fedora I promised myself that I would try to avoid Agatha Christie as much as possible, not because I don’t enjoy her work but simply out of a spirit of self-preservation. She is already so well represented … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Alphabet of Crime, 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Agatha Christie, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Friday's Forgotten Book, Golden Age Girls | Tagged | 43 Comments

DO EVIL IN RETURN (1950) by Margaret Millar

During the 1950s the Canadian author Margaret Millar proved herself, along with Patricia Highsmith, to be arguably the great innovator of the postwar crime and mystery genre. She was certainly crucial stepping stone in the later development of such notable … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Friday's Forgotten Book, Golden Age Girls, Margaret Millar, Scene of the crime | 20 Comments

BRAT FARRAR (1949) by Josephine Tey

Imposture lies at the heart of this well constructed suspense novel by Elizabeth Mackintosh, the Scottish author best known today for the mysteries she published as  ‘Josephine Tey’, though she also wrote books and plays using her own name and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Alphabet of Crime, 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Golden Age Girls, Hammer Studios, Jimmy Sangster, Josephine Tey | 16 Comments

THE TIGER AMONG US (1957) by Leigh Bracket

It is an oft-repeated cliché that reading can be a ‘magical’ experience. It is certainly a special kind of pleasure but sometimes I think ‘alchemical’ may be a more appropriate term, not least because it can rely on so many … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Friday's Forgotten Book, Golden Age Girls, Leigh Brackett, Ohio, Scene of the crime | 22 Comments

Posthumous collaborations: The April Robin Murders case

The recent BBC TV adaptation of Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, that classic crime novel left unfinished at the time of the author’s death in 1870, got me thinking about ‘enforced collaborations’ where works were completed post-mortem by other … Continue reading

Posted in 'In praise of ...', 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Cornell Woolrich, Craig Rice, Ed McBain, Golden Age Girls, Hildegarde Withers, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker, Stuart Palmer | 9 Comments

WHY SHOOT A BUTLER? (1933) by Georgette Heyer

This is my first excursion in to the upper crust world of Georgette Heyer, though she was hardly an obscure author and was very prolific. Making her publishing début while still in her teens, she went on to produce some … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Friday's Forgotten Book, Georgette Heyer, Golden Age Girls | 27 Comments

2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge

The indefatigable and always welcoming Bev of My Reader’s Block is already laying out the groundwork for her 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, which as always focuses on mystery fiction published pre-1960 to be eligible for inclusion. I’ve had a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Golden Age Girls | 14 Comments