Murder on the Mauretania by Edward Marston

This book is written by Edward Marston who writes the Railway Detective series. The style of writing is very similar, plenty of dialogue driving the plot strongly forwards like the engines of the Mauretania as it powers across the Atlantic Ocean in the November weather. I enjoyed the book immensely and will read another inContinue reading “Murder on the Mauretania by Edward Marston”

Because of the Cats by Nicolas Freeling

This Van der Walk book grew on me as the story progressed. Initially, the story didn’t grab me as the police appeared to know who the culprits were very quickly, but it was the reasons why the culprits acted in the way they did that was the fascinating part of the story. Van der ValkContinue reading “Because of the Cats by Nicolas Freeling”

The Island of Sheep by John Buchan

Written in 1936, this is a lovely story about rich males who seem able to drop their jobs / business dealings to support the son of a friend who is being threatened by unscrupulous types. Richard Hannay and Sandy Clanroyden have both featured in other stories by John Buchan. Here they’re helping a friend calledContinue reading “The Island of Sheep by John Buchan”

A Pocket Full of Rye

Rex Fortescue, Adele Fortescue, and Gladys Martin all die within a few hours. Rex was poisoned by Taxine, a poisonous constituent of yew plants, Adele was poisoned by potassium cyanide, and Gladys was strangled. Whodunit? Miss Marple arrives at Yewtree Lodge, the home of the Fortescues where Gladys was a maid, about 2/5ths of theContinue reading “A Pocket Full of Rye”

Inspector Singh Investigates – Number 6

Book Number 6 in the Inspector Singh series is called A Calamitous Chinese Killing. It is an enjoyable tale of a Singaporean policeman investigating the murder of a Singapore student in Beijing. The student was the son of an eminent diplomat at the Singapore embassy in the Chinese capital. This diplomat asks for Singh toContinue reading “Inspector Singh Investigates – Number 6”

The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth

The Odessa File was the bestseller written after The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. In the book, Odessa are an organisation formed to protect ex-SS members and to try to implement a final solution of their own via a rocket attack on Israel. The book is set in late 1963 and 1964 andContinue reading “The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth”

The Fox by DH Lawrence

The DH Lawrence novella about two girls, Banford and March, whose existence is terminally interrupted by the arrival of a soldier, whose grandfather lived on the farm that the girls are working five years previously before WWI began. Banford and March had taken the farm together intending to work it all by themselves. Banford isContinue reading “The Fox by DH Lawrence”

The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the ending. However, the ending is satisfying and does close the main story of this book, which leads from early 19th-Century Eastern EuropeContinue reading “The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler”

The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler

A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the ending. However, the ending is satisfying and does close the main story of this book, which leads from early 19th-Century Eastern EuropeContinue reading “The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler”

Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon books are so easy to read. There’s snippets of conversation, vivid descriptions of the countryside, and a mystery thrown in for good measure. Maigret investigates a crime at the Three Widows Crossroads where a diamond dealer is found dead at the wheel of a car that’s in the wrong garage. In this tale,Continue reading “Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon”