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Death at the Bar

Inspector Alleyn #9

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s true, darts is nobody’s idea of a low-risk amusement, yet it is rarely lethal. Tell that to the famous barrister who was enjoying a pint at the Plume of Feathers pub, and is now residing at the morgue....


Death and the Dancing Footman

Inspector Alleyn #11

by Ngaio Marsh

The unspeakably wealthy (and generally unspeakable) Jonathan Royal has decided to throw a party and, just for fun, has studded the guest-list with people who loathe one another. When a blizzard imprisons them...


Overture to Death

Inspector Alleyn #8

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s murder in the little English village, but the two local spinsters, Miss Campanula, the victim, and Miss Prentice, her friend who may have been the intended victim, are not exactly the beloved little old...


Night at the Vulcan

Inspector Alleyn #16

by Ngaio Marsh

Newly arrived from New Zealand and in need of funds, Martyn Tarne takes a job as a dresser to the Vulcan theater’s leading lady. This provides her with a ringside seat to the backstage circus and the eventual...


Swing, Brother, Swing

Inspector Alleyn #15

by Ngaio Marsh

Lord Pastern and Baggot is given to passionate, peculiar enthusiasms, the latest of which is drumming in a jazz band. His wife is not amused, and even less so when her daughter falls for Carlos Rivera, the band’s...


Final Curtain

Inspector Alleyn #14

by Ngaio Marsh

In this classic country-house mystery, Sir Henry Ancred, a celebrated Shakespearian actor has arranged to have his portrait painted by Agatha Troy, wife of Inspector Roderick Alleyn. When Ancred is killed at...


Died in the Wool

Inspector Alleyn #13

by Ngaio Marsh

Flossie Rubrick, a highly opinionated and influential Member of the New Zealand Parliament, was last seen heading off to one of the storage sheds on her sheep farm. Three weeks later, she turned up dead and...


Death in a White Tie

Inspector Alleyn #7

by Ngaio Marsh

Ah, the London Debutante Season: Giggles and tea-dances, white dresses and inappropriate romances. And much too much champagne. And, apparently, a blackmailer, which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn comes...


Colour Scheme

Inspector Alleyn #12

by Ngaio Marsh

Colour Scheme is set during World War II at a mud-baths resort in rural New Zealand run by Colonel Claire, a tremendously nice fellow and a disastrously bad businessman. His business is on the brink of being...


Death in Ecstasy

Inspector Alleyn #4

by Ngaio Marsh

Ahhh, prussic acid, that hallmark of classic Golden Age mysteries. Did lovely Cara Quoyne get a whiff of the bitter almonds as she raised the goblet to her lips? We’ll never know: With a single sip she transported...


The Valley of Fear

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson receive a coded message warning them that a murder will soon be committed. Following the clues, Holmes concludes that their new case has something to do with Professor Moriarty....


The Mysterious Affair at Styles

by Agatha Christie

Christie's first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is notable for introducing many of the character types, plot twists, and red herrings that would become commonplace during the Golden Age of...


Four Faultless Felons

by , G. K. Chesterton

Journalist Asa Lee Pinion pursues the elusive Count Raoul De Marillac, on the way he encounters four of the Count's friends calling themselves "The Club of Men Misunderstood". The men tell of their black and...


White Lilies

by R C Bridgestock

Two separate fatal road accidents killing three people are a cause for concern. Then the body of an elderly lady is found in her home, with a cause for suspicious death. A newly promoted Detective Sergeant arrives...


The Corpse on the Court

Fethering #14

by Simon Brett

The genteel game of Real Tennis takes a murderous twist in Simon Brett's witty and entertaining new Fethering mystery - Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new mant, Piers Targett, who's keen...


The Valley of the Shadow

Cornish Mysteries #3

by Carola Dunn

A cryptic message spurs Eleanor, Megan, and Nick Gresham on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family, in The Valley of the Shadow, a Cornish Mystery from Carola Dunn.

While out on a walk, Eleanor Trewynn,...


The Two Tickets Puzzle

by J. J. Connington

'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator

When Oswald F. Preston is shot dead on the 10.35 local train from Horston, two obvious suspects are immediately in the...


Nemesis at Raynham Parva

by J. J. Connington

'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator

When Sir Clinton Driffield travels to the village of Raynham Parva to visit his sister, he little imagines that his latest...


Mystery at Lynden Sands

by J. J. Connington

'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator

In the fourth Sir Clinton Driffield mystery, the detective finds himself up against a missing heir, an accidental bigamist,...


The Case With Nine Solutions

by J. J. Connington

'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator

When a locum doctor is called out one foggy night to a case of scarlet fever, he mistakes one house for another and...