Posts tagged ‘mystery’

The Beckoning Lady

by Steve Savage

Published in 1955, The Beckoning Lady, by Margery Allingham, drags Albert Campion, her gentleman sleuth, into the countryside once more. A grand rural party is being arranged. Campion’s old school friends, or at least old schoolfellows, crop up here and there – Tonker Cassands and also Gilbert Whippet of the ‘MOLE’, who communicates with Campion using bunches of flowers – each flower has a traditional meaning. Whippet featured in The Case of the Late Pig. And of course there is Lugg with his rhyming slang, and there is Amanda.

Recently I came across a story of Allingham’s (‘Safer than Love’) set in a boys’ school, that featured a different detective, Fred South, a very characterful police superintendent nicknamed Uncle. (more…)

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March 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Angels and Demons

Review by Catherine Hume

I came to Angels and Demons already a fan of Dan Brown. Sure, he’s not going to win any prizes for a blindingly outstanding literary style, but that’s part of what I love about reading Dan Brown. Dan Brown writes as though he already has a blockbuster film in mind – which is how a lot of writing tutors encourage novel writers to think these days – and he writes in an immediate and pacy way. This means we keep turning the pages. He is also clever in that most of the time, his novels have three or more storylines and these are interspersed throughout the novel, and so if you want to find out what happens next, it sounds silly, but you have to keep reading – reading for another three chapters beyond the other storylines. (more…)

May 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

The Sleeper

Review by Steve Savage

The Sleeper is a Cold War thriller. We are in the 1950s. The premise of Holly Roth‘s novel is that the US military have court-martialled and imprisoned a spy they uncovered in the Army, a “sleeper”. Public unease apparently induces them to give a journalist – Robert Kendall – unique access to Lt. Hollister, and he has written a whole book about the man and his case. But after Buddy Hollister kills himself in his cell, (more…)

May 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Tales from Two Pockets

Review by Andrew Murray Scott

This collection of 48 mystery stories by one of the greatest Czech authors, Karel Čapek, who died in 1938, is actually the first English edition of the work and is available from US publisher Catbird Press via online book stores.

Čapek gave the world the word ‘robot’ and was a playwright, novelist and journalist, whose plays were successfully performed on Broadway, some written in collaboration with his brother, Josef Čapek.

Influenced by reading classic detective fiction (and a visit to 22b Baker Street in 1924), he set about creating a new canon of mystery fiction in colloquial Czech (more…)

January 27, 2011 at 10:57 am Leave a comment


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