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The White Cottage Mystery

by Margery Allingham

Eric Crowther knew everybody's secrets, so there was no shortage of suspects when he was found shot at the White Cottage. Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry had to look deep into everyone's past - including...


Beware of the Trains

by Edmund Crispin

How acute are your powers of perception? Do they begin to match those of Gervase Fen, Oxford don and sleuth supreme?

First published in 1953, these sixteen short stories are classic examples of Fen's mastery...


The Underside

by H. R. F. Keating

This novel, set in Victorian London in its heyday, presents a picture, both horrific and authentic, of the 'underside' of life in the first city of the world.

It tells of Godfrey Mann, a young painter, who has...


The Dog It Was That Died

by H. R. F. Keating

With this dazzling off-beat thriller, his fourth, which appeared in 1962, Mr. Keating had achieved his very top form. Who wanted him? What for? Why was Roger Farrar (if that was his name) on the run in Dublin?...


Enchanter's Nightshade

by Ann Bridge

In Enchanter's Nightshade, first published in 1937, Bridge presents her reader with a "period piece" of Italian provincial society and distributes our sympathies over a surprising range of characters, several...


Vendetta

by Harry Carmichael

John Piper's diary for Saturday December 7th read: Fritz Haupmann. Call 2.30 re factory insurance cover with Cresset.

When Piper arrived at the house and saw his client lounging in an armchair listening to Mozart,...


The Hollow

Hercule Poirot #25

by Agatha Christie

Lucy Angkatell invites Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into...


The Portuguese Escape

by Ann Bridge

Miss Bridge takes us to Portugal; not only the well-known world of Estoril and the Embassies, but behind the scenes, into the life lived on country estates by the Portuguese themselves. Both aspects are seen...


Julia in Ireland

by Ann Bridge

While on her last assignment with British Intelligence in Morocco, the widowed Julia Probyn Jamieson meets and is strongly attracted to an Irish country lawyer, Gerald O'Brien, who is travelling with friends...


The Bowman Touch

by Hartley Howard

The girl in the black velvet gown looked to be very drunk - she also looked to be in plenty of trouble...

Bowman liked neither her type of escort not the way she was being manhandled into the sedan parked outside...


Thief

by Rupert Croft-Cooke

'If they've got any sense they'll leave the boy with Alicia Robbins.'But they didn't.They (the Juvenile Court, that is) took Gerry Lovell away from the old spinster who had taken him in ad cared for him so passionately...


The Last Vanity

by Hartley Howard

Edwin Newsome was pretty worried about his brother's health - so worried that he hired Glenn Bowman to work his way into Harold Newsome's household to do some unofficial sleuthing.

Harold was suffering from...


A Slightly Bitter Taste

by Harry Carmichael

On the night that Quinn of the Morning Post began his holiday, he strayed into a late party. When he got drunk, a girl called Carole made herself responsible for him. Next day, she took him off for a quiet weekend...


Naked to the Grave

by Harry Carmichael

When insurance assessor John Piper calls at the Daveys' flat in Hampstead, he has no idea that his visit will turn out to be anything but an ordinary professional appointment. But it would seem that someone...


Bowman on Broadway

by Hartley Howard

Pull up a chair and relax.

We'd like you to meet Glenn Bowman, one of the toughest-and smartest- private eyes in New York.

This time he's got himself involved in trying to keep alive the current heart-throb...


The Quiet Woman

by Harry Carmichael

The Quiet Woman begins when two people conspire to steal a fortune in cash. It ends in double murder. The payroll of the Jauncey Engineering plant is missing. According to the guard, found bound and gagged at...


The Men

by Anthony Masters

The three men have been closely bonded ever since they made a remarkable escape from Occupied France in 1941. Now, in leafy Surrey, the Festival of Britain is being celebrated, but the atmosphere in the village...


The Numbered Account

by Ann Bridge

Julia Probyn, like most people, knew very little about anonymous numbered accounts in Swiss Banks. Until her cousin, Colin Munro, asked her to look into the matter of one containing a fortune, for his fianc�e...


The Haunted House

by Hilaire Belloc

Readers of "The Emerald of Catherine the Great" will not have to be told that Mr. Belloc's mystery stories are written with suavity and originality and an eye for piquant situations. This new mystery tale is...


The Malady in Madeira

by Ann Bridge

The last thing recently widowed Julia Probyn expects to find on the lush and charming island of Madeira is a clue to her husband's mysterious death, for Colonel Jamieson perished somewhere in the wilds of Central...