#1165: Cats Prowl at Night (1943) by A.A. Fair
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by JJ
1d ago
Look, I can’t swear to it, but I have a suspicion that Cats Prowl at Night (1943), the eighth published book in Erle Stanley Gardner’s series featuring Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, written under this A.A. Fair nom de plume, just might be the first title of his I ever read. Reading it now, some ..read more
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#1164: The Traces of Merrilee (1966) by Herbert Brean
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by JJ
1d ago
Merrilee Moore, the latest star to bewitch millions from the silver screen, is rumoured to be making a movie about Helen of Troy in Greece after years of being kept on a decidedly ungenerous contract by greedy studio heads. Suffice to say, certain people in the industry feel slightly put out at this turn of events ..read more
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#1164: The Traces of Merrliee (1966) by Herbert Brean
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by JJ
3w ago
Merrilee Moore, the latest star to bewitch millions from the silver screen, is rumoured to be making a movie about Helen of Troy in Greece after years of being kept on a decidedly ungenerous contract by greedy studio heads. Suffice to say, certain people in the industry feel slightly put out at this turn of events ..read more
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#1163: Golden Ashes (1940) by Freeman Wills Crofts
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by JJ
1M ago
Rendered a widow and penniless at a young age — well, she is a Freeman Wills Crofts protagonist — Betty Stanton is fortunate in finding a job as housekeeper and general organiser of newly-minted baronet Sir Geoffrey Buller. Betty is delighted both with the setting of Forde Manor and the enviable collection of art on display ..read more
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#1162: “Front door locked on the inside, Johnny…” – The Art of the Impossible, a.k.a. Murder Impossible [ss] (1990) ed. Jack Adrian and Robert Adey, Part 2 of 2
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by JJ
1M ago
Having previously looked at the first ten stories in this collection of impossible crime tales selected by Jack Adrian and Robert Adey, let’s crack on with the final eleven stories, shall we? I did not particularly enjoy ‘The Ghost in the Gallery’ (1949) by Joseph Commings when I first read it in the Banner Deadlines ..read more
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#1161: “Who was murdered? When? How? Why?” – The Art of the Impossible, a.k.a. Murder Impossible [ss] (1990) ed. Jack Adrian and Robert Adey, Part 1 of 2
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by JJ
1M ago
In a bizarre turn of events, I have no memory of acquiring the much-sought-after anthology The Art of the Impossible, a.k.a. Murder Impossible (1990) edited by the legendary pairing of Jack Adrian and Robert Adey. And yet I do have a copy. So let’s worry about my leaky memory later, and instead pick through some classic impossible ..read more
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#1160: The Siren’s Call (1998) by Paul Halter [trans. John Pugmire 2023]
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by JJ
1M ago
Returning to the Devon setting which proved home to one of the best impossible crimes in fiction, The Siren’s Call (1998, tr. 2023) finds Paul Halter once again mixing mysticism with a small town setting to varied effect. Doubtless Halter is greatly enjoying himself in detailing the first ever case for his detective Dr. Alan Twist ..read more
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#1159: A Reading Round-Up for 2023 + Plans for 2024
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by JJ
2M ago
I love a round-up post, a chance to reflect on what’s gone in the year before and to look ahead to what the future holds. So, following on from last year’s, here’s my review of bookish things for 2023. The Books In simple numbers, the books I read in 2023 break down thus: Figure 1 The ..read more
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#1158: The Boathouse Riddle (1931) by J.J. Connington
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by JJ
2M ago
Perhaps sensing limitations in the character after five novels, J.J. Connington seemed to retire Chief Constable Sir Clinton Driffield following Nemesis at Raynham Parva (1929) and wrote two novels of diverging quality featuring the bland Superintendent Ross. But, with Ross possibly not finding traction in either his creator’s mind or in that of the reading public ..read more
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#1156: We Barred the Windows and the Doors – My Ten Favourite Impossible Crimes
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by JJ
2M ago
I’ve been moved of late to give some thought as to what my favourite examples of my favourite subgenre of detective fiction could possibly be. And I’m finally willing to commit — so here are, for today at least, my ten favourite impossible crimes in fiction. Having previously published on this blog a list of ..read more
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