1907 mystery. Mlle Stangerson, daughter of the famous scientist,
locked herself into her bedroom… then came the sound of a struggle,
shouts of "Murder", and gunfire. When her father broke down the door,
she was seriously injured and the only person there – and the
window-bars had not been moved.
Well, everyone has a terrible customer service story.
1938 classic English detective fiction; tenth of Allingham's novels of
Albert Campion. Georgia Wells, actress and femme fatale, attracts
men like moths. But somehow, just as they start to get troublesome,
they seem to die. Is Georgia less silly, and more dangerous, than she
2010 historical mystery; second in Bradley's series about Flavia de
Luce, young amateur sleuth in 1950s Britain. Rupert Porson, the famous
puppeteer (at least to those who have televisions), was passing
through the village of Bishop's Lacey when his van broke down; since
he's stuck there overnight, he might as well put on a show. But it's
all going to go horribly wrong.
There aren't many interesting-looking new series coming up this year.
Here are a few I've glanced at. (Reviews based on first episodes
1981 somewhat parodic cosy detective fiction; second of Anderson's
novels of the Earl of Burford and Inspector Wilkins. After the last
one, the Earl swore off house-parties, but it seems it's all happening
again. Including the murder.
2014 military SF, first book of the Alexis Carew series. Barred by her
sex from inheriting the family estates, Carew signs aboard a ship of
the Royal Navy as a midshipman… in space.
2009 historical mystery; first in Bradley's series about Flavia de
Luce, young amateur sleuth in 1950s Britain. Flavia, one of three
daughters of the widowed and impoverished Colonel de Luce, lives in
Buckshaw, makes chemical experiments… and finds a body in the cucumber
patch. Naturally, she investigates.
1937 classic English detective fiction; fifth of Marsh's novels of
Inspector Roderick Alleyn. This time he's on holiday in New Zealand,
sharing an overnight train with a touring theatrical troupe also from
England, when the manager says that someone's tried to murder him. The
next day, someone will succeed.
Having been evicted from the Two Brewers for not drinking enough, we
gathered at the Marlow Donkey for the fourth meeting of this