Category Archives: England

THE IVORY DAGGER (1950) by Patricia Wentworth

I may not be a particular fan of cosies (or even ‘cozies’) but for decades Wentworth was a truly ubiquitous figure – so it’s about time Fedora posted a review of one of her mysteries. Doris Amy Elles (1878-1961) as … Continue reading

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THE RINGER (1929) by Edgar Wallace

Like Somerset Maugham, the hugely popular novelist and short story writer Edgar Wallace was for a time even more successful as a playwright, starting with his 1927 smash, The Ringer, adapted from his novel, The Gaunt Stranger. It was so successful … Continue reading

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HE WHO WHISPERS (1946) by John Dickson Carr

This classic Golden Age detective story features a seemingly impossible murder and came top of the 2014 John Dickson Carr poll, somewhat to my surprise. I hadn’t read it in a while (well, try 30 years actually, and only in … Continue reading

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THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS (1957) by John Wyndham

Time for another left turn at Fedora, but one that seems appropriate given the festive season. Focussing on a series of increasingly deadly events in a small English village, this is a typical bit of low-key speculative fiction by John … Continue reading

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Two Top Notch Thrillers

In a unique ‘double’, the latest titles from Top Notch Thrillers  (published this week) are by writers also known for their paintings: Raymond Hitchcock (1922-1992) and Reg Gadney. Raymond Hitchcock’s The Lusitania Plot (first published in 1979 as ‘Attack the … Continue reading

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AN EASTER EGG HUNT (1981) by Gillian Freeman

This three-part novel begins in 1915, when a girl goes missing from a country finishing school while on an Easter treasure hunt. This is presented in the form of a true-crime story published two years later, with the names changed … Continue reading

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Joan Hickson’s Miss Marple coming to Blu-ray

Joan Hickson was hardly the first actress to play Agatha Christie’s owlish sleuth Jane Marple, but on British television she may still be the most generally liked. Produced by the BBC between 1984 and 1992, this genteel and well-appointed show … Continue reading

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