Category Archives: Mysteries

On Giving Up on Night Film After Only 50 Pages

I know better than to give in to literary hype, but I also know better than to dismiss hyped books. If it sounds like my kind of thing, I’ll give it a try, and Night Film by Marisha Pessl sounded … Continue reading

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The Tiger in the Smoke

I think I’ve reached the apex of Margery Allingham’s series of novels about detective/adventurer Albert Campion. Published in 1952, the 14th Campion novel, The Tiger in the Smoke, brings us a Campion who is a husband and a father. He … Continue reading

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The Silent Wife

Teresa and I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl at almost exactly this time last year, and we both liked it a lot. I happened to see someone’s very brief review of A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife, saying essentially that she’d … Continue reading

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Jamaica Inn

It was a dark and rainy day when I settled down to read Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, perfect weather for this romantic thriller about an orphan, a drunken innkeeper, a horse thief, and an attentive albino vicar. When … Continue reading

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More Work for the Undertaker

A shabbily dressed woman sits on a park bench on fine afternoons doing crossword puzzles in Latin or reading a book. Another women from a nearby neighborhood walks by and slips her a little money, money the shabbily dressed woman … Continue reading

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Out of a Clear Sky

As this novel by Sally Hinchcliffe begins, the narrator, Manda, an avid bird-watcher, is watching a pair of ravens. These two were displaying their huge wingspan—well over a metre—as they spread and hopped awkwardly around the prone body on the … Continue reading

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Journey Into Fear

Graham, the main character in this 1940 novel by Eric Ambler, is a British engineer who works for a armaments manufacturer. His work frequently requires him to travel, and as this book begins, he is on his way home from … Continue reading

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Enter a Murderer

“That business with the gun went off all right, Felix,” Simpson said, “though I must say I was nervous about it. I hate a fake.” “Was it all right from the front?” asked Surbonadier, turning to Nigel Bathgate. “What do … Continue reading

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Malice Aforethought

It was not until several weeks after he had decided to murder his wife that Dr. Bickleigh took any active steps in the matter. Murder is a serious business. The slightest slip may be disastrous. Dr. Bickleigh had no intention … Continue reading

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So Much Pretty

Wendy White’s body was found in a ditch five months after she disappeared — but no one wants to talk to Stacy Flynn, the reporter, about it. Must have been a drifter, they say. Not someone from Haeden, not someone … Continue reading

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