Category Archives: 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge

AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (1984) by Ed McBain

This is my last review of the year and I couldn’t resist a seasonal entry from my favourite police procedural series. This 87th Precinct short story (which first appeared in the December 1984 issue of Playboy) got the royal treatment … Continue reading

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CASTLE SKULL (1931) by John Dickson Carr

Henri Bencolin visits the Rhine in his third novel, and appropriately enough there are a trio of killings to solve: the impossible attack on a magician in a train carriage under constant supervision, apparently thrown out by an unseen assailant; … Continue reading

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THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR (1956) by Lionel White

This unusual thriller comes in a new volume comprising two previously hard-to-find titles by Lionel White (1905-85) from those very nice people at Stark House Press, the imprint specialising in new and classic crime fiction. White was the king of … Continue reading

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WHO IS SIMON WARWICK? (1978) by Patricia Moyes

This smart detective story provides a really entertaining bridge between the Golden era of pure deduction and the modern scientific age. It is based on a classic scenario from popular culture – the long-lost heir of who may or not … Continue reading

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SLEEP LONG, MY LOVE (1959) by Hilary Waugh

Waugh was one of the founding fathers of the American police procedural, following on from Lawrence Treat and Sidney Kingsley and opening the way to the likes of Ed McBain. His best and most widely read book remains the classic … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Hilary Waugh, New York, Police procedural, Tuesday's Overlooked Film, Val Guest | Tagged | 30 Comments

MURDER WITHIN MURDER (1946) by Richard and Frances Lockridge

This was the tenth in the long-running series of screwball mysteries featuring Pam and Jerry North, a married couple with (of course) a penchant for solving crimes. He is editing a new book on true crimes and when one of … Continue reading

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YOURS TRULY, JACK THE RIPPER by Robert Bloch

Before Robert Bloch (1917-1994) was made immortal by the success of Psycho, he was best-known for Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, the classic 1943 short story that first appeared in Weird Tales. It was the first of many of Bloch’s efforts … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Chicago, England, Five Star review, Friday's Forgotten Book, Robert Bloch | 38 Comments