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Dead Man's Folly
3.74
Dead Man’s Folly is one of Agatha Christie’s jolliest stories, evidently one she had fun writing. It is set in a country fête held in the grounds of a ...more
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Feb 13, 2010
 
Death of a Fool (Roderick Alleyn, #19)
3.70
My favourite Ngaio Marsh story is the one that does not involve the theatre or New Zealand. Death of a Fool is set in a snowy English village holding ...more
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Jan 18, 2010
 
The Skull Beneath The Skin (Cordelia Gray, #2)
3.79
The Skull Beneath the Skin looks back to the days when readers expected large dollops of philosophy and literary references along with their stories. ...more
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Jan 24, 2010
 
Vintage Murder
3.79
Vintage Murder is one of four Ngaio Marsh murder mysteries set in New Zealand, although there is little to show that. A Maori doctor and a couple of l ...more
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Dec 19, 2009
 
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse, #3)
3.86
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn is the third of thirteen Chief Inspector Morse detective mysteries by Colin Dexter. It is a story to read in a sing ...more
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Jan 20, 2010
 
The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh, #13)
3.77
I bought The Lighthouse twice: once when it first came out five years ago and again the other day. From the blurb on the dust jacket and a quick flick ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases (Kurt Wallander #9)
3.79
The Pyramid was a disappointment for a long-standing fan of the fictional Swedish detective. I am used to Henning Mankell’s writing being rather uneve ...more
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Dec 19, 2009
 
Buried for Pleasure (Gervase Fen, #6)
3.87
I went on a hunt for works by Edmund Crispin after coming across the better-known Moving Toyshop. Buried for Pleasure is part of the same series starr ...more
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Dec 18, 2009
 
Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot, #30)
3.72
Hickory Dickey Dock is a late Agatha Christie novel, entertaining but rather formulaic. Hercule Poirot investigates a student hostel where a series of ...more
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Jan 06, 2010
 
N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence, #3)
3.71
N or M? reminded me of the spy stories I used to read in comic books as a child. An ordinary middle-aged couple (Tommy and Tuppence) uncover German sp ...more
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Jan 28, 2010
 
The Sittaford Mystery
3.66
There is something very appealing about murder mysteries set in remote English villages under heavy snow. It is more than the Christmas card prettines ...more
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Mar 15, 2010
 
The Bittermeads Mystery
3.32
The Bittermeads Mystery is a golden age murder mystery, published in 1922 but reading more like an early Edwardian novel. There is the usual convolute ...more
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May 27, 2010
 
Strong Poison
4.14
In Strong Poison, Lord Peter Wimsey must clear Harriet Vane, a detective storywriter, of the charge of killing her live-in boyfriend. On the way to th ...more
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Dec 31, 2009
 
Voices
3.89
The theme in Voices (Röddin ) by Arnaldur Indriðason is how traumatic events in childhood play out through adult life. Other writers have worked that ...more
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Mar 30, 2010
 
Murder at the Vicarage
4.00
Agatha Christie once claimed that she could not even remember writing The Murder at the Vicarage. I doubt that, but I can see that Dame Agatha would h ...more
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Feb 15, 2010
 
The Case of the Gilded Fly (Gervase Fen, #1)
3.61
The Case of the Gilded Fly is the first of the murder mysteries written byEdmund Crispin (pseudonym of R Bruce Montgomery). That helps explain some of ...more
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Jun 14, 2010
 
A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
3.92
There is a touch of the theatre of the absurd in A Murder is Announced. I can often hear Agatha Christie laughing as she writes, but this story is alm ...more
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Mar 19, 2010
 
Silence of the Grave
3.93
Silence of the Grave (Grafarþögn) is a standard Nordic mystery with a focus on drug addicts and domestic abuse. Murder is just a side effect of all th ...more
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Mar 21, 2010
 
Love Lies Bleeding (Gervase Fen, #5)
3.93
Love Lies Bleeding was a little bit of a disappointment for an Edmund Crispin book. It follows the same pattern as The Moving Toyshop and Holy Disorde ...more
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Jan 02, 2010
 
The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse, #10)
4.13
The Way Through the Woods is a classic Inspector Morse murder mystery. We have Morse’s drinking problems, his overt and inevitably doomed attempts at ...more
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Dec 19, 2009
 
Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse, #4)
3.94
Service of All the Dead is the fourth of the 13 murder mysteries in the Chief Inspector Morse series. It is a variant on the country house murder, exc ...more
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Jan 11, 2010
 
Holy Disorders (Gervase Fen, #2)
3.75
Holy Disorders has almost overtaken The Moving Toyshop as my favourite Edmund Crispin story. It has, of course, Crispin’s brilliant wit that can leave ...more
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Dec 20, 2009
 
Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh, #11)
3.89
Death in Holy Orders touches upon some classic P D James themes: the North Sea coast; that peculiarly secular organisation known as the Church of Engl ...more
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Jan 05, 2010
 
An Unsuitable Job For A Woman (Cordelia Gray, #1)
3.83
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman is the earlier of two P D James murder mysteries involving, Cordelia Gray, sole proprietor of Pryde’s Detective Agency. ...more
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Jan 22, 2010
 
The Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse, #5)
3.98
I confess, the title of The Dead of Jericho is what lures me back to this favourite Colin Dexter novel. Of course, it is a murder mystery, but the Mor ...more
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Jan 06, 2010
 
And Then There Were None
4.20
And Then There Were None is a simple Agatha Christie story simply told and wonderfully entertaining. It is one of the original murder mysteries set on ...more
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Jan 18, 2010
 
Hallowe'en Party
3.66
I love the way Agatha Christie makes her own rules about what is permissible in a murder mystery. In Hallowe’en Party she murders one of the children ...more
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Feb 04, 2010
 
Whose Body?
3.93
Whose Body? was Dorothy Sayer’s first novel and the only one I don’t much care for. I can easily see why somebody reading her books chronologically wo ...more
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Dec 28, 2009
 
The Woman in White
3.97
Edward Bulwer-Lytton called The Woman in White "great trash", and Henry James compared it unkindly to Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa. Perhaps, like myse ...more
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Jan 26, 2010
 
Exit Music (Inspector Rebus, #17)
4.09
The last DI John Rebus novel has all the characteristics that made the series successful: a complex plot that comes together, a diverse mix of persona ...more
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May 22, 2010
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