Reading the Detectives

This is a group for reading vintage British mysteries from the Golden Age and beyond, including the British Library Crime Classics series. During 2018-2019 we are reading Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Alleyn mysteries as a group challenge. Previous challenges included the Lord Peter Wimsey and Miss Marple books. We also read and discuss books by many other authors from the era, including a few from other countries.
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Hand in Glove
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Start date
October 1, 2019
Finish date
October 31, 2019
Discussion
Group Challenges
Why we're reading this
Next in our Inspector Alleyn challenge.
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The Benson Murder Case
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Start date
October 1, 2019
Finish date
October 31, 2019
Discussion
Group reads
Why we're reading this
Winner of the poll for our October group read.
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Sad Cypress
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Start date
October 1, 2019
Finish date
October 31, 2019
Discussion
Poirot Buddy Reads
Why we're reading this
Next in our series of Poirot buddy reads.
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The Whisper in the Gloom
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Start date
October 15, 2019
Finish date
November 9, 2019
Discussion
Buddy reads
Why we're reading this
Next in our series of Nigel Strangeways buddy reads.
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+ General chat
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Current and Upcoming Reads
By Judy · 1 post · 131 views
last updated Oct 12, 2019 12:29AM
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Welcome message for new members - please read before posting.
By Judy · 1 post · 446 views
last updated Feb 14, 2016 07:57AM
* Introductions.
By Judy · 1089 posts · 399 views
last updated Oct 11, 2019 11:28PM
What non-mystery books are you reading at the moment?
By Judy · 1316 posts · 236 views
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Kindle Deals etc on Mysteries
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last updated 14 hours, 10 min ago
What mysteries are you reading at the moment?
By Judy · 523 posts · 100 views
last updated 16 hours, 6 min ago
Which mystery books would you like to see adapted on TV or film?
By Judy · 50 posts · 69 views
last updated Oct 15, 2019 12:15PM
The White Swan - General Chat Thread
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last updated Oct 13, 2019 12:06AM
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+ Group reads
* VOTE NOW for December 2019 group read
By Judy · 38 posts · 36 views
last updated Oct 13, 2019 02:08AM
* October 2019 - The Benson Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine
By Susan · 34 posts · 20 views
last updated Oct 12, 2019 07:07PM
* October 2019 - The Benson Murder Case - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 15 posts · 16 views
last updated Oct 14, 2019 06:34AM
April 2018 - The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson
By Judy · 18 posts · 48 views
last updated Oct 09, 2019 08:47AM
September 2019 - Knock, Murderer, Knock! by Harriet Rutland SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 43 posts · 28 views
last updated Oct 04, 2019 07:25AM
November 2019 group read - Winner!
By Judy · 39 posts · 47 views
last updated Sep 23, 2019 05:20PM
September 2019 - Knock, Murderer, Knock! by Harriet Rutland
By Susan · 40 posts · 31 views
last updated Sep 17, 2019 04:21PM
August 2019 - The Warrielaw Jewel - SPOILER thread
By Judy · 22 posts · 20 views
last updated Aug 13, 2019 01:07AM
Showing 8 of 99 topics — 6,386 comments total
+ Group Challenges
* 2020 Challenge - P.D. James/Inspector Dalgliesh
By Judy · 23 posts · 24 views
last updated Oct 16, 2019 07:59AM
* Hand in Glove (1962) by Ngaio Marsh
By Susan · 15 posts · 17 views
last updated Oct 12, 2019 08:08AM
* Hand in Glove (1962) - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 25 posts · 16 views
last updated Oct 14, 2019 01:19PM
* 2019 Challenge - Ngaio Marsh Part Two
By Susan · 40 posts · 97 views
last updated Aug 27, 2019 02:52AM
False Scent (1959) by Ngaio Marsh
By Susan · 19 posts · 23 views
last updated Oct 13, 2019 08:46PM
False Scent (1959) by Ngaio Marsh - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 23 posts · 24 views
last updated Oct 13, 2019 08:37PM
Enter a Murderer
By Susan · 45 posts · 58 views
last updated Oct 12, 2019 03:00PM
A Man Lay Dead - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 122 posts · 70 views
last updated Oct 12, 2019 02:45PM
Showing 8 of 99 topics — 3,067 comments total
+ Buddy reads
This topic has been closed to new comments. * How Buddy Reads Work
By Susan · 1 post · 78 views
last updated Jan 21, 2018 02:16AM
* Starting/joining in with buddy reads
By Judy · 458 posts · 208 views
last updated Jul 13, 2019 05:21AM
* The Whisper in the Gloom aka Catch and Kill by Nicholas Blake
By Susan · 11 posts · 10 views
last updated Oct 16, 2019 01:11AM
* The Whisper in the Gloom aka Catch and Kill - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 5 posts · 8 views
last updated Oct 16, 2019 06:40AM
* Hopjoy was Here by Colin Watson
By Susan · 12 posts · 6 views
last updated Oct 13, 2019 09:29AM
* Hopjoy was Here - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 5 posts · 5 views
last updated Oct 13, 2019 02:25PM
Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 19 posts · 15 views
last updated Oct 15, 2019 06:16AM
Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham
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last updated Oct 14, 2019 04:55PM
* Joe Country by Mick Herron
By Susan · 16 posts · 17 views
last updated Oct 15, 2019 10:26PM
* Joe Country by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 12 posts · 18 views
last updated Sep 22, 2019 02:38PM
Dead Lions by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 31 posts · 26 views
last updated Oct 02, 2019 08:37PM
The Drop by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 5 posts · 13 views
last updated Jul 29, 2019 07:52AM
Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
By Susan · 8 posts · 18 views
last updated Jul 27, 2019 01:47PM
Nobody Walks by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 7 posts · 13 views
last updated Jun 27, 2019 05:59AM
The Drop by Mick Herron
By Susan · 7 posts · 10 views
last updated Jun 26, 2019 02:50PM
London Rules by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 13 posts · 18 views
last updated Jun 23, 2019 12:44AM
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+ Poirot Buddy Reads
* Reading Order for the Unofficial Poirot Buddy Reads
By Jessica · 36 posts · 64 views
last updated Jan 03, 2019 02:14PM
* Poirot Buddy Read 22: Sad Cypress
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last updated 17 hours, 55 min ago
* Poirot Buddy Read 22: SPOILERS Sad Cypress
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Poirot Buddy read 9: Peril at End House
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last updated Oct 09, 2019 05:35AM
Poirot Buddy read 21: Appointment with death
By Jessica · 14 posts · 17 views
last updated Sep 16, 2019 01:24PM
Poirot Buddy Read 21: SPOILERS Appointment with death
By Jessica · 9 posts · 19 views
last updated Sep 13, 2019 07:01AM
Poirot buddy read 20: Death on the Nile
By Judy · 28 posts · 28 views
last updated Aug 30, 2019 06:25AM
Poirot Buddy Read 19 SPOILER THREAD: Dumb Witness
By Jessica · 8 posts · 23 views
last updated Aug 26, 2019 09:42AM
* Dancers in Mourning (1937) aka Who Killed Chloe?
By Susan · 18 posts · 15 views
last updated Aug 18, 2019 06:54PM
* Dancers in Mourning (1937) aka Who Killed Chloe? - SPOILER Thread
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last updated Aug 23, 2019 12:13PM
The Case of the Late Pig
By Judy · 35 posts · 27 views
last updated Jun 25, 2019 10:33PM
The Case of the Late Pig - SPOILER thread
By Judy · 28 posts · 18 views
last updated Jun 21, 2019 02:11PM
Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 26 posts · 19 views
last updated Mar 24, 2019 12:18AM
Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham
By Susan · 32 posts · 22 views
last updated Mar 23, 2019 04:50AM
Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 8 posts · 17 views
last updated Jan 24, 2019 10:19PM
Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
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last updated Jan 16, 2019 07:22PM
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+ Favourite authors
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Welcome to favourite authors
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last updated Oct 07, 2015 02:38PM
Dick Francis
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Ngaio Marsh
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Agatha Christie
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Dorothy L Sayers
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Margery Allingham
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Earl Derr Biggers
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last updated Aug 28, 2019 06:46PM
Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter
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last updated May 24, 2019 11:16AM
* Welcome to a world of vintage crime
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last updated Sep 11, 2018 12:38PM
Richard and Frances Lockridge
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Rex Stout
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Raymond Chandler
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Georges Simenon
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Ellery Queen
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last updated Nov 30, 2017 02:40PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Later authors
By Judy · 1 post · 71 views
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Ed McBain
By Gary · 17 posts · 34 views
last updated Jul 21, 2019 01:04PM
Which modern crime authors have that Golden Age touch?
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Elizabeth Linnington/Dell Shannon
By Gary · 3 posts · 16 views
last updated Nov 01, 2018 04:06AM
* Individual challenges
By Judy · 2 posts · 64 views
last updated Sep 07, 2016 01:08PM
Reading around Britain and Ireland.
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last updated Jan 09, 2019 02:29PM
Reading Through Europe
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last updated Mar 18, 2018 01:42AM
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
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Self-promotion
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BEYOND BLOOD (A Detective Cliff Husto Thriller)
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Classic golden-age
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A New Modern Murder Mystery
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Pseudocoma
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Death Sees Most Of The Game - murder at a tennis match
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New Supernatural Mystery Thriller
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Which book do you want to read in December 2019? All these mysteries have festive themes.

Murder at Melrose Court: A Country House Christmas Murder (Heathcliff Lennox Book 1)
 
  10 votes, 45.5%

The Night of Fear
 
  6 votes, 27.3%

Dead Men's Morris (Mrs. Bradley, #7)
 
  3 votes, 13.6%

Mystery in White
 
  2 votes, 9.1%

The Santa Klaus Murder
 
  1 vote, 4.5%

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