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Death in White Pyjamas: & Death Knows No Calendar (British Library Crime Classics Book 76)

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Two of John Bude’s finest Golden Age mysteries return to the limelight.
Death in White Pyjamas: A theatre-owner, a 'slightly sinister' producer, a burgeoning playwright and a cast of ego-driven actors have gathered at a country home to read through the promising script for Pigs in Porcelain. Before the production ever reaches the stage, one of their number is found murdere
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Published February 10th 2020 by British Library Publishing
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Kimberly Reads Books
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, mysteries
Before I get into the novels separately, let me address the book in general. These were my first novels by John Bude and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't think I could love any of the British Library Crime Classics more than the George Bellairs that I had previously read, but I was wrong. Both of these books were strong contenders for a coveted place on the favorites list, with the first choice going to Death In White Pyjamas. I truly did love that one. They are both Golden Age crime fiction ...more
Judy Lesley
Neither of these stories was an unqualified success for me; in fact I didn't like the first one at all. Death in White Pajamas was much too light hearted for me. Like reading a P. G. Wodehouse classic with dead bodies; pretty much unsatisfactory because Bude didn't seem to be taking the story seriously. Death Knows No Calendar just droned on and on and on with a locked room mystery which was rendered completely unsolvable by the reader (me) because all the information wasn't given to me. I have ...more
Leah
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, crime
Double the pleasure...

Every now and then the British Library produces a twofer in their Crime Classics series – two full-length novels by the same author in one volume – and these always feel like an extra special treat, especially when the author is one of the ones who has become a readers’ favourite, as John Bude apparently has. I must admit, although I’ve enjoyed the previous Bude novels I’ve read, he hadn’t become one of my personal stars, but I hoped maybe these two would raise him up to th
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Karina
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
In the first story a set designer is found dead near a lake dressed in white pyjamas and of course almost everybody has a sound reason to hate her. And " everybody " means a troupe of actors,a director and a wealthy supporter. The setting,a country house,and the colourful characters are part of the charm. However when it comes to suspense it did not quite deliver the goods. It was really not difficult to guess who the culprit was.
As for the second story,it was basically a locked room mystery. A
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Farah Mendlesohn
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Great fun. Most notably, Bude seems remarkably free of the snobbery of most of his contemporaries.
Puzzle Doctor
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review of Death In White Pyjamas at classicmystery.blog
Karina
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first story a set designer is found dead near a lake dressed in white pyjamas and of course almost everybody has a sound reason to hate her. And " everybody " means a troupe of actors,a director and a wealthy supporter. The setting,a country house,and the colourful characters are part of the charm. However when it comes to suspense it did not quite deliver the goods. It was really not difficult to guess who the culprit was.
As for the second story,it was basically a locked room mystery. A
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JacquiWine
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two highly entertaining Golden Age mysteries for the price of one here, lovingly reissued the British Library in one combined volume as part of their Crime Classics series. (My thanks to the publishers for kindly providing a review copy.)

Death in White Pyjamas (1944) is one of those lovely country house mysteries where everyone is a potential suspect, and the crime itself involves several unexpected twists. There is a wonderful theatrical quality to the narrative, partly because all the leading
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Theunis Snyman
The author has a nice way with words and it is a joy to read the book. He does not have, however, the misdirection and clueing of other detective authors. The detectives find the essential piece of evidence purely by chance and not through detection. And from the outset I knew who the murderer was. There was no other alternative. Nevertheless, an enjoyable book.
mrskelley
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in White Pyjamas

I was so taken by this book. It may well be the most entertaining of Bude’s novels that I’ve read so far. While the murder doesn’t take place until well into the story, he keeps the reader’s attention from the outset by creating a unique group of characters, then over time, putting them in situations the set one against the other. Bude’s love of the theatre and amateur dramatics reflected in his strong characterizations and sharp choreography of scenes.

Bude’s descriptions o
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Avid Series Reader
Death in White Pyjamas by John Bude is a Golden Age of Murder historical mystery set at an English country estate. Originally published in 1944, now part of Poisoned Press British Library Crime Classics https://poisonedpenpress.com/series/b....

Sam Richardson made a fortune as a biscuit manufacturer, then decided to promote live theatre as affordable education: "It is of course a notorious fact that intelligent theatre-goers have no money and moneyed theatre-goers have no intelligence." Sam purch
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Darius Ostrowski
A two-for-one British Library Classic Mystery reissue: “Death in White Pyjamas” and “Death Knows No Calendar”, both by John Bude, a frequent author in this series. Both of these are specific slices of mid-twentieth century English countryside life, focusing on the artists of that time period, both also featured women who seem to almost go out of their way to upset enough people that they are bound to get murdered.

“Death in White Pyjamas” focuses on the theater, all of the main characters are inv
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Annie
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Death in White Pyjamas / Death Knows No Calendar is a double title which includes 2 mysteries by John Bude. Originally released in 1944/1942 respectively this reformat and re-release, out 7th June 2020 is part of the British Library Crime Classics series by Poisoned Pen Press. This edition is 488 pages (for the ebook version) and available in paperback and ebook formats. (Other editions available in other formats). It's worth noting that the eb
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Debbie
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
"Death in White Pyjamas" is a mystery that was originally published in 1944 and is set in England. This mystery took up the first half of this book. The murder didn't occur until later in the book, so the reader got to see everything leading up to the murder. This included strong clues about whodunit. For the reader, it was more about working out how the murder was done. The detective didn't initially have these clues, so he asked questions, checked alibis, and looked for clues, but he and his s ...more
Helen
I enjoyed. I enjoy John Bude’s prose, his classical old fashioned way of writing, and his descriptions of things. He has a good portraiture of characters in his stories and the stories themselves are interesting. He doesn’t generally have the suspense of Christie, but the yarns are pleasing and keep you reading. The murders are almost incidental sometimes.

This book had two stories, Death in White Pyjamas and also Death Knows No Calendar. Whilst the first’s characters were more modern and the st
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Christine
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two mysteries from the Classic Era of crime writing. Death in White Pyjamas was an interesting tale of a group of actors at a country home and their jealousies and competitions. Sam RIchardson has gathered the group of actors at his home to prepare for their coming season. A new writer's play is read and almost everyone is eager to produce it except Basil Barnes, the producer. Eventually Basill convinces everyone not to produce the new play, There is increased tension among the three female lead ...more
Susan
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
1 - Death in White Pyjamas
A Country House Mystery originally published in 1942
Old Knolle house in Sussex, is the home of Sam Richardson, a wealthy theatre promoter and owner of the Beaumont Theatre. Theatre producer Basil Barnes, lives nearby in Fallow Cottage, on the outskirts of the Lambdon village. Over time the actors stay at Old Knolle house to rehearse the latest play that they will perform. The story shows the various interactions between the characters, and relating the various motives,
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Brian Williams
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There're two complete traditional British detective stories in the book. The first one, Death in White Pyjamas, is a puzzle mystery set in the English countryside, that combines a "whodunit" with a "howdunit". It starts slowly with the murder not happening until well into the story. However, readers ought not to be surprised by the identity of the victim. The action picks up with the discovery of the body and the arrival of the police in the person of Police Inspector Harting. The Inspector and
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Diane Hernandez
Both Death in White Pyjamas & Death Knows No Calendar were disappointments to me. I expect more from John Bude than an incredibly long setup and a disappointing conclusion.

Both tales have a vicious female provocateur that is murdered late in the story. Deidre in Pyjamas was literally hated by everyone within range of her voice. Lydia in Calendar was just as evil.

However, the solution of both tales was impossible for the reader to discover. Key clues were withheld to a minute before the detective
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Jeff Lewis
A collection two of John Bude books "Death in White Pyjamas" and "Death Knows No Calendar" brought by British Library Classics makes me wonder whether that all of his better mysteries have now been released. "Death in White Pyjamas" saw me rolling my eyes as once again a Golden Age crime writer sets his crime in the setting of theatre and "actors". Nearly half the book is wasted with the social nuances and back stage relationships before the murder of stage designer Deirdre Lehaye who had been s ...more
Jennifer Lee
It is hard for me to dislike any of the British Library Crime Classics. They are fun books even when they are not amazingly complex mysteries. Death in White Pyjamas contains a group of actors and actresses, a country house, a playwright, and, of course, a murder. The scene was set but somehow it never quite pulled me in. Enjoyable, but not one I will return to. Death Knows No Calendar involves a shooting in a locked artist's studio. I knew who had done the crime very early on. I think most read ...more
Diana
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have to admit, I only read the first book in the volume, Death in White Pyjamas. I cannot even imagine attempting for the second one. I had such high hopes - I first saw the book in a London bookstore on my trip last February and it looked so nice - like the detective book you read all wrapped up in a blanket with hot cocoa while outside is snowing. But the story is so dull and predictable. Did I mention that the murder only happens at around the 80% mark of the 1st book (or at about 40% of th ...more
Annarella
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love John Bude's mysteries and I loved those in this book.
Both are highly entertaining and gripping, a mix of comedy of manners and Golden Age mystery.
The characters are well developed, quirky and likeable, the setting is vivid and lovely.
The mystery are complex, full of twists and turns, and the second one was a great "locked room" mystery with a surprising end. I got the culprit of the first one but I appreciated the complex solution.
I can't wait to read other stories by this great author.
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KayKay
Two stories in one book bundle. If readers enjoy reading John Bude would not find this bundle disappointing.

"Death in White Pyjamas/Death Knows no Calendar" was my first John Bude experience. Unfortunately, not a pleasant one. John Bude went at length to build the stories with drama which I first enjoyed initially, in fact for both stories. The solving the crime process, however, were too slow and not entertaining at all. I lost interests following the sleuths poking around for clues. But the wr
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Leyla Johnson
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two books in one fro fabulous author from the golden Age, John Bude. I really love these mysteries, they are hard to get hold of, and it is great that they are being reissued. If you like books that have a interwoven mystery, with lots of quirky twists, full of characters of their time. A mystery that maybe you can solve before the book ends, then this book is for you. I got the first story but was surprised by the second.
More please.
Paul
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice set of stories. I suspect this book and others by this author will not have broad appeal, since they are likely written in Britain in the 50s, and have a particular feel/tone that works with a relatively small set of readers. But these two stories are fun (if a bit contrived). If you like classic Brit mysteries, this is probably a safe bet.

Thank you very much for the review copy!!
Karin Carlson
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved both these stories. I am a fan of this author and most if not all Golden Age mystery stories. These stories may not appeal to everyone.....not all readers enjoy stories about England in the 50’s. Both stories were fun, had well developed characters and kept me interested all the way through. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
Eric
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A bumper edition and tremendous value. I am a fan of this author but did not share other reviewers' enthusiasm for these tales which had over-elaborate murder methods and some intensely irritating characters.

Maybe 3.5 stars
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Lisa
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want psychological thriller, something nitty gritty, then this isn't for you. It has to be read with the period of which it was written in mind. But it's a nice read and another classic ticked off the list. ...more
Michael Sparrow
Two good old mysteries; DEATH IN WHITE PYJAMAS is the better of the two. Please note that the pagination listed is incorrect, the Poisoned Pen Press edition consists of two complete novels and the actual page count is 536 pages.
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