1. The Man Who Killed Fortescue (1928,D.Tillett)- Enjoyable but
talky book that has a good feel for its time. Not alot happens, but
the characters are well done in a pleasant but not memorable
2. Death Of His Uncle (1939,C.B.Kitchen)- Boring and pretentious
tale by the author of the much better Death Of My Aunt. The killer`s
not even a mystery, highly un-recommended.
3. Corpse With The Eerie Eye (1942,R.A.J.Walling)- Interesting
story by an author I hadn`t read before. The sleuth, Philip
Tolefree, is similar to Nigel Strangeways but Wallings books about
Tolefree came before (1929 and on) Blake started the Strangeway
4. Close Quarters (1947,Michael Gilbert)- Not much to recommend
about this. Bland and talky without much of a mystery about it,
Gilbert got much better later on.
5. Funeral In Eden (1938,Paul McGuire)- A pleasant surprise here.
A unique setting with well-developed characters and good, if
somewhat dramatic dialogue round out a well told tale of murder on a
6. The Birthday Murder (1945,Lange Lewis)- A fairly interesting
beginning goes nowhere and gets maudlin. The story and the police
inspector reminded me of a Helen Reilly Inspector McKee book, only
not as good (and the Reilly books aren`t that great either).
7. A Shot In The Arm (1982,John Sherwood)- Set in England in the
1930`s (subtitle of the book is Murder At The BBC), the author does
a good job at re-creating the times but this really isn`t a mystery
as the killer is known before the book is half over. Not a
sympathetic character to be found, but not bad, something
8. Corpse In The Green Pygamas (1935,R.A.J.Walling)- Another good
atmospheric mystery with Philip Tolefree, this one takes place in a
castle. Not hard to figure out how things were done, but Walling
weaves such an interesting tale with eccentric characters
surrounding Tolefree, it`s plain enjoyable.
9. Murder At The Flea Club (1955,Matthew Head)- Well written,
snappy dialouge and an interesting setting with vivid characters.
Even though the first third of the book is a conversation recounting
what had happened the previous two days, and the killer isn`t a
surprise, it holds your attention right from the start and is a
10. Ghost Of A Chance (1945,Kelly Roos)- Jeff and Haila Troy
chasing over New York trying to prevent a murder. The Troys are
right up there with Jane and Dagobert Brown for most interesting
husband/wife slething teams, very enjoyable. 3.7