Anne Hocking Six Green Bottles (1943)
- An excellent Cornish "crime novel." Hocking, a daughter and niece of famed Methodist novelists, commenced writing herself with mainstream novels and thrillers, then veered more to orthodox detection in the late thirties and forties, though the focus in books I have read by her from this period still remains more on character than classic puzzle-making and clueing. Six Green Bottles starts off like a Christie and ends up more like a proto-Rendell. Definitely worth reading though.