The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – January 2023
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
6d ago
So, January. That’s been and gone and it’s been a bit of a funny old month chez Puzzle Doctor. Lots of trips and down the motorway to see my dear old Dad (and Mum) – mostly kept entertained on the way by the wonderful Big Finish Productions and The Rest Is History podcast. Really helps take my mind off things – I must do a thank you post for the former soon. As for reading, I seem to have regained something of my reading enthusiasm, as there have been a good number of books devoured this month. More than for a while, I was carrying the book or my kindle around with me to grab little snippets w ..read more
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The Murder Game (2023) by Tom Hindle
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by Puzzle Doctor
6d ago
Once upon a time, in the town of Hamlet Wick, a man was killed on a beach, his head smashed in with a rock. Years later, and a New Year’s Eve party is about to begin, with ten mostly-local guests, all of whom remember that tragedy well. The party is a 1920s murder mystery, but the game grinds to a shuddering halt almost as soon as it starts. For when the dead body is described, it appears that the imaginary victim was killed on a beach, his head smashed in with a rock. As accusations fly as to the author of the game’s intentions, the group realise that one of the party is missing. He is soon ..read more
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My Top Five Screen Sleuths (In No Particular Order)
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by Puzzle Doctor
6d ago
OK, after my Top Five Sleuths post, it has come to my attention via the dreaded social media that I may have neglected a vital subsection of sleuth – namely the sleuth in the visual medium. So I suppose I had better do my Top Five Screen Sleuths. Happy now? Well, you won’t be when you see my choices… To clarify the parameters here, I’m going to include only sleuths who originally appeared on screen or whose screen version is substantially different from the text they are sourced from. So for example I wouldn’t include Suchet’s Poirot but I could include Malkovich’s portrayal of the same charac ..read more
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The Murder Game (2023) by Tom Hindle
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
Once upon a time, in the town of Hamlet Wick, a man was killed on a beach, his head smashed in with a rock. Years later, and a New Year’s Eve party is about to begin, with ten mostly-local guests, all of whom remember that tragedy well. The party is a 1920s murder mystery, but the game grinds to a shuddering halt almost as soon as it starts. For when the dead body is described, it appears that the imaginary victim was killed on a beach, his head smashed in with a rock. As accusations fly as to the author of the game’s intentions, the group realise that one of the party is missing. He is soon ..read more
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Constant Hearses And Other Revolutionary Mysteries by Edward D Hoch
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by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
Alexander Swift was an agent of George Washington during the American War of Independence, being sent to investigate cases of sabotage, espionage and other crimes against the American cause, often leading into the heart of enemy territory. And in every documented case, there is a murder, either tied to his case or happening to get in the way of his duties to Washington. As the War develops, Swift becomes more and more suspicious of one Benedict Arnold, a suspicion that becomes an obsession, first to expose his treachery and then eventually to bring him to justice. Oh, and there are five stori ..read more
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My Top Five Screen Sleuths (In No Particular Order)
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
OK, after my Top Five Sleuths post, it has come to my attention via the dreaded social media that I may have neglected a vital subsection of sleuth – namely the sleuth in the visual medium. So I suppose I had better do my Top Five Screen Sleuths. Happy now? Well, you won’t be when you see my choices… To clarify the parameters here, I’m going to include only sleuths who originally appeared on screen or whose screen version is substantially different from the text they are sourced from. So for example I wouldn’t include Suchet’s Poirot but I could include Malkovich’s portrayal of the same charac ..read more
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My Top Five Sleuths (In No Particular Order)
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
1w ago
My favourite sleuths… I decided to write this partially as I’m stuck in a meeting with literally nothing to do apart from five minutes at an unknown point. But I am sitting at the back of the room so I thought I’d share my wisdom with you. I was inspired to write this as it’s not a Top Five that I’ve done before and I described a character recently in a review as one of my favourite sleuths and that got me thinking – would that character be one of my absolute favourites? Who else would join that inestimable band? After a bit of thought, I realised that it would almost impossible to put my favo ..read more
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My Top Five Sleuths (In No Particular Order)
In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel Blog
by Puzzle Doctor
2w ago
My favourite sleuths… I decided to write this partially as I’m stuck in a meeting with literally nothing to do apart from five minutes at an unknown point. But I am sitting at the back of the room so I thought I’d share my wisdom with you. I was inspired to write this as it’s not a Top Five that I’ve done before and I described a character recently in a review as one of my favourite sleuths and that got me thinking – would that character be one of my absolute favourites? Who else would join that inestimable band? After a bit of thought, I realised that it would almost impossible to put my favo ..read more
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The Devil’s Domain (1998) by Paul Doherty – a re-read
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by Puzzle Doctor
2w ago
Summer, 1380, and a fragile peace holds between England and France, but it would take little to tip the balance towards war once more. In Hawksmere Manor near Clerkenwell, five Frenchmen, captured from the warships St Sulpice and St Denis, are held for ransom by John of Gaunt. Fearful for their lives, the five men are extremely careful to only eat and drink what every other man eats and drinks. So how did one of them die in agony, having somehow consumed poison? Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston the coroner are summoned by Gaunt to investigate. It seems that one of the Frenchmen was a t ..read more
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The Dovebury Murders (1954) by John Rhode
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by Puzzle Doctor
2w ago
The town of Dovebury had just had its annual fete but Mr Tidworth, a retired accountant who had just moved there, was concerned that Mr Headcorn, a long-term resident, had fiddled the finances and pocketed a significant amount of funds that were to go to good causes. Meeting up with Mr Headcorn, he has a couple of glasses of sherry, a bottle that Headcorn had just acquired through a “thank you” voucher. Unfortunately, the sherry had oxalic acid in it… Enter Jimmy Waghorn. Convinced Headcorn didn’t kill Tidworth, he is faced with a baffling problem. How could someone kill Tidworth in such a wa ..read more
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