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Classic Mysteries

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

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

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
2
2
1
1

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.
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Classic Mysteries

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

Rank #1: "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 #2: The Twelve Reading Days of Christmas

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Holidays give us time to read - and here are my suggestions for a dozen fine mysteries for your enjoyment!

Dec 10 2018

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Rank #3: "Sleeping Murder," by Agatha Christie

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Gwenda knew the old house felt familiar. Had she once witnessed a murder there? And was it safe to know that secret?

Feb 25 2018

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Rank #4: "Bodies from the Library," ed. by Tony Medawar

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Sixteen short stories, all virtually unknown, by some of the finest and best-known writers of Britain's Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

May 29 2019

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Rank #5: "Have His Carcase," by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Harriet Vane was on vacation when she discovered the body. The victim's throat had been cut - but the killer left no footprints in the sand.

Jan 22 2018

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Rank #6: "Maigret and the Headless Corpse," by Georges Simenon

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The body of a headless corpse turns up in a Parisian canal, and Inspector Maigret must find out who was killed - and why.

Jul 21 2019

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Rank #7: "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 #8: "Death of an Old Girl," by Elizabeth Marchand

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Beatrice Baynes, an alumna (or "old girl") of the Meldon School for Girls, was irritating and opinionated. But surely there must have been a better reason than that for her murder.

Dec 24 2018

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Rank #9: "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 #10: "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 #11: "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 #12: "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 #13: "The Mad Hatter Mystery," by John Dickson Carr

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Someone is stealing hats and other headgear - top hats, barrister's wigs and such - and leaving them in strangely appropriate places. Surely leaving one on top of a murder victim's body was not appropriate?

Jul 15 2019

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Rank #14: "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 #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: "Rocket to the Morgue," by Anthony Boucher

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The victim was stabbed inside a locked and bolted room, and witnesses insisted nobody could have entered - or left - the room. Police Lt. Marshall needs help from an inquisitive nun, Sister Ursula, to uncover the truth.

Aug 25 2019

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Rank #17: "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 #18: "The Long Skeleton," by Frances and Richard Lockridge

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Pam and Jerry North came back to their hotel room to find the corpse of a strange woman in their bed. When the corpse is identified, it's going to make the Norths prime suspects.

Apr 22 2018

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Rank #19: "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 #20: "The Misadventures of Ellery Queen," edited by Dale C. Andrews and Josh Pachter

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It has been said that Ellery Queen IS the American Detective story. In this collection of short stories, parodies, and pastiches, dedicated to Frederick Dannay and Manfred B. Lee (the two men who were "Ellery Queen"), Josh Pachter and Dale Andrews have collected some fine examples of why EQ was (and remains) a figure of great importance to detective fiction.

Mar 18 2018

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