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Short reviews of classic mystery novels and stories that are worth reading and re-reading

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Short reviews of classic mystery novels and stories that are worth reading and re-reading

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42 Ratings
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Excellent

By Editjd - Oct 06 2014
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Thank you for this effort. I'm in!

Bravo!

By John Fermendzin - Nov 06 2011
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Wonderful reintroductions and introductions.

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
2
2
1
2

Excellent

By Editjd - Oct 06 2014
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Thank you for this effort. I'm in!

Bravo!

By John Fermendzin - Nov 06 2011
Read more
Wonderful reintroductions and introductions.
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Classic Mysteries

Latest release on Jan 19, 2020

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Short reviews of classic mystery novels and stories that are worth reading and re-reading

Rank #1: "Hercule Poirot's Christmas," by Agatha Christie

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Nothing like a good old fashioned Christmas house party - with a good olld fashioned bloody murder for Poirot to solve!

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #2: "N or M?" by Agatha Christie

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In this Agatha Christie thriller, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford must identify two Nazi spies known only as "N" and "M" who are plotting the German invasion of England during World War II.

Sep 01 2019

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Rank #3: "Fer-de-Lance," by Rex Stout

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It took Nero Wolfe to demonstrate to police that a mysterious death was actually a case of murder. And that's when life became dangerous for Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

Dec 02 2019

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Rank #4: "The Widow's Cruise," by Nicholas Blake

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Nigel Strangeways was anticipating a quiet cruise. What he found was a lot of fellow cruisers with secret agendas of their own that would lead to murder.

Sep 16 2018

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Rank #5: "Trouble in Triplicate," by Rex Stout

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Even Nero Wolfe knows that it's hard to keep someone from being murdered if the killer is determined enough. Here are three examples... 

Jan 13 2019

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Rank #6: "Saturday The Rabbi Went Hungry," by Harry Kemelman

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On Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Rabbi David Small finds the hidden key to trapping a killer. 

Dec 15 2019

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Rank #7: "Five Little Pigs," by Agatha Christie

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Carolyn Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband. She died in prison. Sixteen years later, her daughter came to Hercule Poirot and asked him to find evidence that her mother was innocent - or that would prove her guilt.

Mar 22 2019

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Rank #8: "Ordeal By Innocence," by Agatha Christie

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Jacko Argyle was convicted of murdering his mother. He died in prison. Now, years after the guilty verdict, there's proof of his innocence. That means somebody else in the family must be a murderer...

Jul 15 2018

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Rank #9: "The Second Confession," by Rex Stout

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Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin find themselves crossing swords with master criminal Arnold Zeck once again - and nearly lose their lives in the course of the battle, as Wolfe's brownstone home comes under attack.

May 07 2018

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Rank #10: "The Case of the Monday Murders," by Christopher Bush

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A mystery writer points out the astonishing number of unsolved murders in London - happening only on Mondays. Could a single person be responsible for all the bloodshed?

Apr 15 2018

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Rank #11: "Lonelyheart 4122," by Colin Watson

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The women who disappeared had all met a charming man quite recently...but nobody except the missing women could describe the man they knew as Lonelyheart 4122. Then Miss Teatime came along...

Aug 19 2018

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Rank #12: "A Six-Letter Word for Death," by Patricia Moyes

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Written well after the end of the British Golden Age of Detection, "A Six-Letter Word for Death" manages to combine a puzzle-plot mystery (with a real crossword puzzle to be solved), a classic "country house" mystery and a secret "club" of authors, all tied together with a good murder.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #13: "The Body in the Dumb River," by George Bellairs

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James Teasdale was living a second life running a carnival game when he was murdered - and his respectable family knew nothing about it until it ended with a knife in the back.

Nov 24 2019

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Rank #14: "The Chinese Orange Mystery," by Ellery Queen

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The murder was apparently impossible, taking place in a locked and bolted room. And when they broke into that room, everything in the room - including the victim's clothes - had been turned backwards.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #15: "Death Sends for the Doctor," by George Bellairs

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Who would want to kill the village doctor in Abbot's Caldicott?? Quite a few people, it would seem. Inspector Littlejohn would find a good deal of snobbery mixed in with more than a little violence.

Apr 30 2018

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Rank #16: "Murder a la Mode," by Patricia Moyes

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When an editor of "Style" magazine is murdered, the night before a major issue is due at the printer, Inspector Henry Tibbett must explore the complicated relationships among the magazine's staff that might have led to murder.

Sep 09 2018

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Rank #17: "A Shilling for Candles," by Josephine Tey

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Christine Clay's name may be known and loved by fans around the world, but when she is found dead on the beach, Inspector Alan Grant must find out who hated her enough to kill her.

Feb 03 2019

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Rank #18: "Maigret Enjoys Himself," by Georges Simenon

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Maigret's wife and doctor wanted him to take a vacation - and Maigret had to find a way to stay informed about a murder investigation.

Mar 18 2019

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Rank #19: "Too Many Women," by Rex Stout

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To catch a murderous hit-and-run driver, Archie Goodwin finds himself in a workplace with hundreds of young women - but will Nero Wolfe get the facts he needs to avert more deaths?

Aug 13 2018

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Rank #20: "The Dark Garden," by E. R. Punshon

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It began with accusations of embezzlement, and the number of both suspects and potential motives just kept growing.

Jan 20 2019

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"The Death of Mr. Lomas," by Francis Vivian

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Mr. Lomas told the police that he was being poisoned. The Chief Constable thought it was nonsense - until Mr. Lomas's body was discovered the next morning.

Jan 19 2020

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"The Phantom of the Opera," by Gaston Leroux

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Who is the mysterious "Angel of Music" living underneath the Paris Opera House? And why is he obsessively fascinated with Christine Daaè and her beautiful voice? The original novel that led to the play which has become the longest-running musical on Broadway.

Jan 12 2020

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"Fell Murder," by E.C.R. Lorac

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"This crime is conditioned by the place. To understand the one you've got to study the other."

Jan 06 2020

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"Bodies From the Library 2," ed. by Tony Medawar

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Another collection of little-known mystery stories by such icons of Golden Age mystery fiction as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Marjorie Allingham and Edmund Crispin

Dec 30 2019

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"The Monkey and the Tiger," by Robert Van Gulik

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Two stories, "The Morning of the Monkey" and "The Night of the Tiger," mysteries resolved by Judge Dee involving theft, banditry and murder.

Dec 22 2019

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"Saturday The Rabbi Went Hungry," by Harry Kemelman

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On Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Rabbi David Small finds the hidden key to trapping a killer. 

Dec 15 2019

5mins

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"A Six-Letter Word for Death," by Patricia Moyes

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Written well after the end of the British Golden Age of Detection, "A Six-Letter Word for Death" manages to combine a puzzle-plot mystery (with a real crossword puzzle to be solved), a classic "country house" mystery and a secret "club" of authors, all tied together with a good murder.

Dec 09 2019

4mins

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"Fer-de-Lance," by Rex Stout

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It took Nero Wolfe to demonstrate to police that a mysterious death was actually a case of murder. And that's when life became dangerous for Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

Dec 02 2019

5mins

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"The Body in the Dumb River," by George Bellairs

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James Teasdale was living a second life running a carnival game when he was murdered - and his respectable family knew nothing about it until it ended with a knife in the back.

Nov 24 2019

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"A Surfeit of Suspects," by George Bellairs

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The explosion that killed 3 men had plenty of possible suspects. What it seemed to lack was any reason for the explosion. Superintendent Littlejohn and Inspector Cromwell would have to chase down an elusive motive for a shadowy killer.

Nov 18 2019

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"The Allingham Minibus," by Margery Allingham

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Eighteen stories, including a few starring Allingham's regular detective, Albert Campion. All the stories have the wit and style readers have come to enjoy in Allingham's books.

Nov 10 2019

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"The Chinese Orange Mystery," by Ellery Queen

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The murder was apparently impossible, taking place in a locked and bolted room. And when they broke into that room, everything in the room - including the victim's clothes - had been turned backwards.

Nov 05 2019

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"Nine Times Nine", by Anthony Boucher

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The charismatic cult leader was seen through a window apparently murdering his victim - but when police broke in, only the body of his victim was there.

Oct 27 2019

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"Death Has Deep Roots," by Michael Gilbert

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As a Resistance fighter, Victoria Lamartine escaped from the Gestapo during World War II. Could she now escape from a charge of murder?

Oct 21 2019

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"Murder in the Mill-Race," by E.C.R. Lorac

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Why were the town's residents so determined not to reveal the secrets about Sister Monica to the strangers investigating the murder?

Oct 05 2019

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"The Mystery of the Peacock's Eye," by Brian Flynn

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The Crown Prince was being blackmailed, a young woman was murdered while at the dentist's - and a mysterious gem known as the Peacock's Eye  Different threads leading to an unknown destination.

Oct 04 2019

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"The Christmas Card Crime," Martin Edwards, ed.

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Martin Edwards selects eleven classic short mystery stories, most from the Golden Age of English Detective Fiction, to provide some sinister holiday fare.

Sep 28 2019

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"A Puzzle for Fools," by Patrick Quentin

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Hearing a warning of murder can be unnerving. Hearing it in your own voice could push you into insanity.

Sep 22 2019

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"The Case of the Fighting Soldier," by Christopher Bush

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Did tension between regular army officers and "fighting" officers lead to murder?

Sep 15 2019

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"Death in Dark Glasses," by George Bellairs

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It began with a minor embezzlement - but it ended with disappearances and multiple murders.

Sep 08 2019

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iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
2
2
1
2

Excellent

By Editjd - Oct 06 2014
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Thank you for this effort. I'm in!

Bravo!

By John Fermendzin - Nov 06 2011
Read more
Wonderful reintroductions and introductions.