Exit Lines (1984) by Reginald Hill
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by Puzzle Doctor
13h ago
A rainy November night in Yorkshire and three elderly men lie dead. One lies in his own bathtub, bleeding from a deliberate and vicious attack. One lies on the ground in a rain-soaked park, with no obvious cause of death bar a head-wound of indeterminate origin. One lies in the road alongside his mangled bicycle, a victim of a collision with a car. All cases that would normally involve Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe, but this time Pascoe is leading the team himself. Because the driver of the car involved in the fatal collision may well have been an ..read more
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Bloodstone (2011) by Paul Doherty – a re-read
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by Puzzle Doctor
5d ago
“God demands justice. I pray he gives it a helping hand.” The Passio Christi, the sacred Bloodstone, formed apparently from the congealed blood of Christ as he bled on the cross, sits safely in a chest owned by Sir Robert Kilverby, the man entrusted to keeping it safe. It was seen being locked away, and then Sir Robert locked himself in the room containing it. Only Sir Robert had the keys to the chest containing the Bloodstone – but when the room is broken into the next day, Sir Robert lies dead, and the Bloodstone is missing. Meanwhile at a nearby abbey, the Wyvern Company, the band of arche ..read more
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Bloodstone (2011) by Paul Doherty – a re-read
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by Puzzle Doctor
6d ago
“God demands justice. I pray he gives it a helping hand.” The Passio Christi, the sacred Bloodstone, formed apparently from the congealed blood of Christ as he bled on the cross, sits safely in a chest owned by Sir Robert Kilverby, the man entrusted to keeping it safe. It was seen being locked away, and then Sir Robert locked himself in the room containing it. Only Sir Robert had the keys to the chest containing the Bloodstone – but when the room is broken into the next day, Sir Robert lies dead, and the Bloodstone is missing. Meanwhile at a nearby abbey, the Wyvern Company, the band of arche ..read more
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No Mercy For Margaret (1952) by Belton Cobb
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by Puzzle Doctor
6d ago
“Women were adorable creatures half the time, but the very devil when they thought themselves wronged, even about little things. And when they thought themselves wronged over big things, they were remarkably good at murder, particularly with poison. Everyone knew that.” Thus thought the extremely-single Detective Inspector Cheviot Burmann in his first case since several years shuffling paperwork around Scotland Yard when he considered the case of Margaret Toop, the secretary to Clement Dockey. Burmann is called to a dinner party for people who worked for Dockey – his wife lay dead upstairs, p ..read more
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No Mercy For Margaret (1952) by Belton Cobb
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by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
“Women were adorable creatures half the time, but the very devil when they thought themselves wronged, even about little things. And when they thought themselves wronged over big things, they were remarkably good at murder, particularly with poison. Everyone knew that.” Thus thought the extremely-single Detective Inspector Cheviot Burmann in his first case since several years shuffling paperwork around Scotland Yard when he considered the case of Margaret Toop, the secretary to Clement Dockey. Burmann is called to a dinner party for people who worked for Dockey – his wife lay dead upstairs, p ..read more
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They Watched By Night (1941) by John Rhode
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by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
1940ish, and Britain is under constant threat from the sky, as the Luftwaffe bombers repeatedly threaten death from on high. In the small town of Boultbridge, there seems to be a focussed threat. A mysterious army operation is being conducted in nearby Furnace Wood – the operation is ultra-secret, invisible from the sky, but how has it been bombed twice? Jimmy Waghorn, now lieutenant of the Special Services is dispatched to investigate, but is surprised to discover that one of the locals is none other that an undercover ex-Superintendent Hanslet, who has also been sent there to sniff out susp ..read more
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Too Many Cooks (2024) by Rosemary Shrager
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by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
Prudence Bulstrode, a celebrity chef famed for her traditional-style cooking, has been invited back to St Marianne’s School For Girls in Cornwall, the school she attended as a child and where her love for the culinary arts began. It’s the Easter holidays, and who better to lead a course on the basics of cookery for the small number of students who have chosen to stay. Before you can say croque monsieur, however, a body is unearthed when the old hockey pitch is excavated, a body that Prudence quickly recognises as Mr Scott, the young Mathematics teacher who disappeared when she was at the scho ..read more
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They Watched By Night (1941) by John Rhode
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
1940ish, and Britain is under constant threat from the sky, as the Luftwaffe bombers repeatedly threaten death from on high. In the small town of Boultbridge, there seems to be a focussed threat. A mysterious army operation is being conducted in nearby Furnace Wood – the operation is ultra-secret, invisible from the sky, but how has it been bombed twice? Jimmy Waghorn, now lieutenant of the Special Services is dispatched to investigate, but is surprised to discover that one of the locals is none other that an undercover ex-Superintendent Hanslet, who has also been sent there to sniff out susp ..read more
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Too Many Cooks (2024) by Rosemary Shrager
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
2w ago
Prudence Bulstrode, a celebrity chef famed for her traditional-style cooking, has been invited back to St Marianne’s School For Girls in Cornwall, the school she attended as a child and where her love for the culinary arts began. It’s the Easter holidays, and who better to lead a course on the basics of cookery for the small number of students who have chosen to stay. Before you can say croque monsieur, however, a body is unearthed when the old hockey pitch is excavated, a body that Prudence quickly recognises as Mr Scott, the young Mathematics teacher who disappeared when she was at the scho ..read more
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Now You See Them (2019) by Elly Griffiths
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by Puzzle Doctor
2w ago
Brighton, 1964. Rhonda Miles has disappeared from her boarding school. It is presumed that she has run away to London to meet Bobby Hambro, the young film star that she, and countless other young women, are currently idolising, but her father, Sir Crispian White, demands that the local police, led by DCI Edgar Stephens, find her as a matter of urgency. Edgar, meanwhile, has met up with Max Mephisto, former magician and current US film star, who has returned to Brighton for the funeral of their old colleague, but the case takes his full attention when Emma, his wife and former colleague, disco ..read more
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