Category Archives: England

SHAKE HANDS FOREVER (1975) by Ruth Rendell

Reg Wexford and Mike Burden, the two top cops of Kingsmarkham, have a very cunningly conceived plan to unravel in their ninth case, which has always been one of my favourites. Angela Hathall is found strangled in the home she … Continue reading

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SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (1941) by John Dickson Carr

This historical mystery, set around the battle of Waterloo and involving a locked room murder, a phantom woman who only our hero believes exists, a mysterious ‘man in black’ and a duel in a hot air balloon, was for decades a … Continue reading

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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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