Category Archives: Partners in Crime

MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD (1932) by Stuart Palmer

This book features one of the first, and funniest, examples of that mystery mainstay, the spinster sleuth. From Mary Roberts Rinehart’s plucky one-off heroines to the more professional investigating of Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple and Patricia Wentworth’s Maud Silver (both first … Continue reading


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NECESSARY EVIL (1965) by Kelley Roos

During the 1940s married amateur sleuths Jeff and Haila Troy appeared in a handful of screwball mysteries by husband-and-wife authors Audrey Kelley and William Roos, who signed themselves ‘Kelley Roos’ on these books.  They published very little in the following … Continue reading

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DEATH ON THE AISLE (1942) by Frances and Richard Lockridge

This is the fourth book in the long-running series featuring married sleuths Mr and Mrs North, written by husband-and-wife authors Richard and Frances Lockridge. The Jerry and Pam North characters first appeared in book form in a collection of lightly … Continue reading

Posted in Dashiell Hammett, Mrs & Mrs North, Partners in Crime, Patrick Quentin, Richard and Frances Lockridge, The Thin Man, Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2011 | 9 Comments