When harold merefield returned home in the early hours of a winter morning from a festive little party at that popular nightclub, the ‘Naxos’, he was startled by a gruesome discovery. Harold determined to investigate the matter for himself and sought the help of Professor Priestley, who, by the simple but unusual method of logical reasoning, succeeded in throwing light upon what proved to be a very curious affair indeed.
The Paddington Mystery Detective Club Crime Classics #ad - This detective club classic is introduced by crime writing historian and expert Tony Medawar, who looks at how John Rhode, who also wrote as Miles Burton and as Cecil Waye, became one of the best-selling and most popular British authors of the Golden Age. On his bed was a corpse. There was nothing to show the identity of the dead man or the cause of his death.
Invisible WeaponsCollins Crime Club #ad - Invisible Weapons #ad - A classic crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre. The murder of old mr fransham while washing his hands in his niece’s cloakroom was one of the most astounding problems that ever confronted Scotland Yard. It was only after another equally baffling murder had been committed that Dr Lancelot Priestley’s orderly and imaginative deductions began to make the connections that would solve this extraordinary case.
Not only was there a policeman in the house at the time, but there was an ugly wound in the victim’s forehead and nothing in the locked room that could have inflicted it. The combined efforts of Superintendent Hanslet and Inspector Waghorn brought no answer and the case was dropped.
Death at BreakfastCollins Crime Club #ad - Death at Breakfast #ad - Half an hour later, he gulped down his breakfast coffee and pitched to the floor, gasping and twitching. Today he would be rich at last. A classic winter’s crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre. Victor Harleston awoke with uncharacteristic optimism. When the doctor arrived, he recognised instantly that it was a fatal case of poisoning and called in Scotland Yard.
Despite an almost complete absence of clues, the circumstances were so suspicious that Inspector Hanslet soon referred the evidence to his friend and mentor, Dr Lancelot Priestley, whose deductions revealed a diabolically ingenious murder that would require equally fiendish ingenuity to solve.
The Shop Window Murders Detective Club Crime ClassicsCollins Crime Club #ad - Inspired by the glamour of the legendary selfridges store on London’s Oxford Street, The Shop Window Murders followed, an entertaining and richly plotted example of the Golden Age deductive puzzle novel, one of his best mysteries for bafflement and ingenuity. This detective club classic is introduced by nigel Moss, who looks at how Loder’s books are still acclaimed today by reviewers for being ‘as different from the standard whodunits of his colleagues as champagne is to soda water.
’. The delight of christmas shoppers at the unveiling of a london department store’s famous window display turns to horror when one of the mannequins is discovered to be a dead body…Mander’s Department Store in London’s West End is so famous for its elaborate window displays that on Monday mornings crowds gather to watch the window blinds being raised on a new weekly display.
The Shop Window Murders Detective Club Crime Classics #ad - On this particular monday, just a few weeks before Christmas, the onlookers quickly realise that one of the figures is in fact a human corpse, placed among the wax mannequins. Then a second body is discovered, and this striking tableau begins a baffling and complex case for Inspector Devenish of Scotland Yard.
Vernon loder’s first book the mystery at stowe had endeared him in 1928 as ‘one of the most promising recruits to the ranks of detective story writers’.
Crime in Kensington Black Heath Classic CrimeBlack Heath Editions #ad - Some of the other guests are less amenable, however, and Charles's suspicions are instantly aroused when the first thing he hears on approaching the hotel is a threat of murder. Shortly afterwards, the hotel's proprietor, Mrs. Budge, is attacked and apparently kidnapped. A further gruesome discovery reveals that a ruthless killer is at work in this quiet corner of London - and soon Charles finds himself revisiting his previous vocation as he joins forces with his old acquaintance Inspector Bray to solve the sensational mystery of the Garden Hotel!Originally published in 1933, this is a classic British murder mystery from the golden age of crime fiction.
Charles venables, journalist and ex-detective, is looking for lodgings in London and decides to investigate the Garden Hotel in Kensington, where his friend Lady Viola is also staying.
Murder in the Mill-Race British Library Crime ClassicsPoisoned Pen Press #ad - Chief inspector macdonald faces one of his most difficult cases in a village determined not to betray its dark secrets to a stranger. You may know about your neighbor's sins and shortcomings, but you must never name them aloud. It'd make trouble, and small societies want to avoid trouble. When dr raymond ferens moves to a practice at Milham in the Moor in North Devon, he and his wife are enchanted with the beautiful hilltop village lying so close to moor and sky.
Murder in the Mill-Race British Library Crime Classics #ad - Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder"Never make trouble in the village" is an unspoken law, but it's a binding law. At first, they see only its charm, hatred, but soon they begin to uncover its secrets—envy, and malice. Everyone says that sister monica, warden of a children's home, is a saint—but is she? A few months after the Ferens' arrival her body is found drowned in the mill-race.
Sable Messenger: An Inspector Knollis Mystery The Inspector Knollis Mysteries Book 2Dean Street Press #ad - Daker, hurrying to the door of himalaya Villa in River Close, Robert Dexter, finds the tenant, lying dead across his own threshold. There is a host of alibis, but he breaks them down one by one in his own inimitable way, eventually resolving the situation and providing a denouement that comes as a surprise even to his own assistant, Sergeant Ellis.
Sable messenger was originally published in 1947. He finds himself faced with a disturbing puzzle, a crime with no apparent motive, and even his knowledge of local conditions does little to help him in his endeavours to unravel it. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.
Sable Messenger: An Inspector Knollis Mystery The Inspector Knollis Mysteries Book 2 #ad - Francis vivian skips all tedious preliminaries and is commendably quick off the mark; we meet his characters with lively pleasure. Observer“Mr. After a night's investigation, the Chief Constable, Sir Wilfrid Burrows, decides to call in New Scotland Yard. Inspector gordon knollis, transferred to the Yard during the war years, is sent down to the city where he had once been the head of the C.
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The Millionaire Mystery Black Heath Classic CrimeBlack Heath Editions #ad - Warrander is discovered with a fatal knife wound to the heart. But are some secrets better left buried? A classic Edwardian murder mystery, first published in 1901. When marlow's daughter vows not to marry until her father's body is discovered, her fiancee join forces with the local rector to discover the guilty party.
The Millionaire Mystery Black Heath Classic Crime #ad - Further proof that something very nasty is afoot comes when Marlow's friend Dr. Shortly after the death of millionaire Richard Marlow, the village of Heathton is rocked by the discover that the body has been stolen.
Death at the Inn Dr. Priestley#ad - Warstock and why had he come to the ariadne?Inspector Waghorn breaks a gang of thieves who have found an ingenious way to defraud the Post Office and, along the way, murder a man by poisoning. Soon after six o'clock on a warm august evening the ariadne inn was packed with humanity, and it was not immediately apparent that one of the guests at a table in the gardens was not asleep but dead! There were mysterious elements in the cause of his death and a still greater mystery in his previous activities.
Death at the Inn Dr. Priestley #ad - Who was this Mr.
Mystery at OlympiaCollins Crime Club #ad - But nahum Pershore had not fainted. Doctors and detectives were equally bafﬂed, and the more they investigated, the more insoluble the puzzle became. Suddenly, in the middle of the dense crowd of eager spectators, an elderly man lurched forward and collapsed in a dead faint. The next time you visit olympia, take a good look around and see if you think it would be possible to murder someone in the middle of the crowd there without being seen.
Mystery at Olympia #ad - The new comet was fully expected to be the sensation of the annual Motor Show at Olympia. He was dead, and it was his death that was to provide the real sensation of the show. A post-mortem revealed no visible wound, no serious organic disorder, no evidence of poison. Even dr lancelot priestley’s un-rivalled powers of deduction were struggling to solve this case.
Murder Jigsaw: A Doctor Manson MysteryDean Street Press #ad - There were fellow fishermen out on the river banks near to where the Colonel was found dead, two of whom had publicly uttered threats against him. He was dressed for fishing and his rod was on the bank nearby. Furthermore, several other hotel guests had strong financial motives for removing him. Murder jigsaw was originally published in 1944.
The unpleasant colonel Donoughmore is found drowned in a salmon pool in the hotel grounds. Jiminy! he’s going to fish for him. A small cornish fishing hotel, The Tremarden Arms, is renowned for its adjacent waters where guests fish for salmon and trout. The local police concluded it was an unfortunate accident but Doctor Manson finds two peculiar circumstances which convinced him that this was a skilfully contrived murder.
Murder Jigsaw: A Doctor Manson Mystery #ad - This new edition includes an introduction by crime fiction historian Nigel Moss. Murder jigsaw is a return to the type of detective story of which we have not had enough lately” Elizabeth Bowen“If these Radfords can keep writing thrillers of this class, they are going to take their rightful place very near the top” Liverpool Evening Express“This reader found Doctor Manson’s methods of working quite absorbing” Queen.