Reading the Detectives

This is a group for reading vintage British mysteries from the Golden Age and beyond. During 2020 we are reading the Inspector Adam Dalgliesh books by P.D. James for our challenge. Previous challenges included Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books - and in 2021 we will be going back to Christie with a selection of her mysteries. We also read and discuss books by many other authors from the era, including a few from other countries.
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The Sad Variety
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Start date
October 17, 2020
Finish date
November 10, 2020
Discussion
Nicholas Blake buddy reads
Why we're reading this
Continuing our buddy reads of the Nigel Strangeways books.
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The Tiger in the Smoke
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Start date
October 17, 2020
Finish date
November 10, 2020
Discussion
Albert Campion group/buddy reads
Why we're reading this
Our next Albert Campion buddy read - one of the most famous in the series.
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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
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Start date
October 17, 2020
Finish date
November 10, 2020
Discussion
Buddy reads
Why we're reading this
Second in the Flavia series, after group members enjoyed the first book.
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Mystery Villa
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Start date
October 17, 2020
Finish date
November 10, 2020
Discussion
Buddy reads
Why we're reading this
The fourth in the popular Bobby Owen series.
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+ General chat
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Current and Upcoming Reads
By Judy · 1 post · 213 views
last updated Oct 18, 2020 12:39AM
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Welcome message for new members - please read before posting.
By Judy · 1 post · 504 views
last updated Feb 14, 2016 07:57AM
* Introductions.
By Judy · 1194 posts · 448 views
last updated Oct 05, 2020 08:29AM
Audio books/radio versions
By Judy · 102 posts · 137 views
last updated 4 minutes ago
Kindle deals - 2020
By Judy · 154 posts · 65 views
last updated 6 minutes ago
The White Swan - General Chat Thread
By Susan · 1236 posts · 169 views
last updated 8 hours, 24 min ago
What mysteries are you reading at the moment? New thread 2020
By Judy · 128 posts · 81 views
last updated 12 hours, 31 min ago
What non-mystery books are you reading? (2020)
By Judy · 132 posts · 61 views
last updated Oct 23, 2020 01:26AM
Showing 8 of 166 topics — 7,347 comments total
+ Group reads
* December 2020 group read - Winner
By Judy · 39 posts · 51 views
last updated Oct 18, 2020 09:47AM
* October 2020 - Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R. Lorac
By Susan · 26 posts · 26 views
last updated 17 hours, 22 min ago
* October 2020 - Bats in the Belfry - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 54 posts · 25 views
last updated 5 hours, 36 min ago
November 2020 group read - Winner!
By Judy · 62 posts · 62 views
last updated Sep 28, 2020 07:42AM
September 2020 - Thunder on the Right - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 34 posts · 29 views
last updated Sep 21, 2020 05:17PM
September 2020 - Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart
By Susan · 28 posts · 34 views
last updated Sep 20, 2020 02:57PM
September 2020 group read - Winner!
By Judy · 79 posts · 58 views
last updated Aug 24, 2020 08:50PM
October group read - WINNER
By Judy · 50 posts · 52 views
last updated Aug 23, 2020 05:34PM
Showing 8 of 75 topics — 5,927 comments total
+ Group Challenges
* October 2020 - A Certain Justice by P.D. James
By Susan · 12 posts · 22 views
last updated Oct 14, 2020 07:00PM
* October 2020 - A Certain Justice - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 18 posts · 15 views
last updated 5 hours, 20 min ago
* 2021 Challenge - Assorted Christies!
By Judy · 72 posts · 51 views
last updated Aug 04, 2020 10:17PM
* 2020 Challenge - P.D. James/Inspector Dalgliesh
By Judy · 65 posts · 77 views
last updated Aug 04, 2020 12:36PM
September 2020 - Original Sin - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 70 posts · 33 views
last updated Oct 23, 2020 12:37AM
August 2020: Devices and Desires (1989) - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 68 posts · 30 views
last updated Oct 08, 2020 01:29AM
September 2020 - Original Sin by P.D. James
By Susan · 24 posts · 18 views
last updated Sep 19, 2020 11:03AM
August 2020: Devices and Desires (1989) by P.D. James
By Susan · 33 posts · 23 views
last updated Sep 05, 2020 05:07PM
Showing 8 of 109 topics — 3,361 comments total
+ Buddy reads
* The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - Alan Bradley (Oct/Nov 2020)
By Susan · 13 posts · 13 views
last updated Oct 18, 2020 11:39PM
* The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 15 posts · 11 views
last updated Oct 20, 2020 11:05PM
* Mystery Villa - E.R. Punshon (October/November 2020)
By Judy · 15 posts · 22 views
last updated Oct 21, 2020 10:49AM
* Mystery Villa - SPOILER thread
By Judy · 15 posts · 20 views
last updated Oct 24, 2020 08:52AM
* Starting/joining in with buddy reads
By Judy · 545 posts · 247 views
last updated Sep 15, 2020 08:37PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. * How Buddy Reads Work
By Susan · 1 post · 103 views
last updated Jan 21, 2018 02:16AM
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters (Sep/Oct 2020)
By Susan · 27 posts · 33 views
last updated Oct 06, 2020 07:09AM
Crocodile on the Sandbank - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 52 posts · 34 views
last updated Oct 02, 2020 01:30AM
Showing 8 of 64 topics — 1,784 comments total
+ Poirot Buddy Reads
* Reading Order for the Unofficial Poirot Buddy Reads
By Jessica · 47 posts · 109 views
last updated Sep 04, 2020 02:16PM
* Poirot buddy read 35: The Clocks
By Judy · 11 posts · 20 views
last updated Oct 12, 2020 01:05PM
* Poirot buddy read 35: SPOILER thread for The Clocks
By Judy · 27 posts · 21 views
last updated Oct 13, 2020 02:05AM
* Poirot buddy read 36: Hallowe'en Party
By Judy · 30 posts · 31 views
last updated Oct 21, 2020 12:25AM
* Poirot buddy read 36: SPOILER thread for Hallowe'en Party
By Judy · 19 posts · 22 views
last updated Oct 21, 2020 12:13PM
Unofficial Poirot Buddy Read: Poirot 1: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
By Jessica · 99 posts · 95 views
last updated Oct 15, 2020 04:01PM
Poirot Buddy Read 34: Cat Among the Pigeons
By Jessica · 14 posts · 25 views
last updated Oct 03, 2020 08:57PM
Poirot Boddy Read 34 Spoiler Thread: Cat among the pigeons
By Jessica · 28 posts · 23 views
last updated Oct 03, 2020 08:46PM
* Money in the Morgue - September 2020
By Susan · 24 posts · 22 views
last updated 20 minutes ago
* Money in the Morgue - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 8 posts · 16 views
last updated Sep 24, 2020 12:37AM
Light Thickens - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 13 posts · 16 views
last updated Sep 08, 2020 06:18PM
Light Thickens - August 2020
By Susan · 18 posts · 21 views
last updated Sep 08, 2020 06:07PM
Photo Finish - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 18 posts · 19 views
last updated Aug 21, 2020 11:28AM
Photo Finish - July 2020
By Susan · 24 posts · 22 views
last updated Aug 14, 2020 01:09PM
A Grave Mistake - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 9 posts · 14 views
last updated Jul 14, 2020 09:46PM
A Grave Mistake - June 2020
By Susan · 7 posts · 16 views
last updated Jul 14, 2020 09:38PM
* The Tiger in the Smoke (1952)
By Susan · 25 posts · 17 views
last updated Oct 22, 2020 09:24AM
* The Tiger in the Smoke (1952) - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 21 posts · 12 views
last updated Oct 24, 2020 02:20PM
More Work for the Undertaker (1948)
By Susan · 26 posts · 11 views
last updated Aug 04, 2020 05:07AM
More Work for the Undertaker - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 8 posts · 10 views
last updated Jul 31, 2020 11:58PM
Coroner's Pidgin (1945) - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 27 posts · 14 views
last updated Jun 08, 2020 03:07PM
Coroner's Pidgin aka Pearls Before Swine (1945)
By Susan · 21 posts · 13 views
last updated May 21, 2020 08:09AM
Traitor's Purse (1941)
By Susan · 22 posts · 16 views
last updated Feb 24, 2020 09:10AM
Traitor's Purse (1941) SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 6 posts · 12 views
last updated Feb 20, 2020 07:07AM
* The Sad Variety - Nicholas Blake (Oct/Nov 2020)
By Susan · 21 posts · 16 views
last updated Oct 25, 2020 11:28PM
* The Sad Variety - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 10 posts · 14 views
last updated 23 hours, 1 min ago
The Worm of Death- Nicholas Blake (Sep/Oct 2020)
By Susan · 22 posts · 15 views
last updated Sep 17, 2020 10:53PM
The Worm of Death - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 12 posts · 11 views
last updated Sep 14, 2020 11:57PM
The Widow's Cruise - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 14 posts · 11 views
last updated Jun 01, 2020 11:56AM
The Widow's Cruise - Nicholas Blake (May/June 2020)
By Susan · 10 posts · 11 views
last updated May 19, 2020 11:29PM
End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake SPOILER Thread (Feb/March 2020)
By Susan · 23 posts · 14 views
last updated Mar 06, 2020 12:41PM
End of Chapter - Nicholas Blake (Feb/March 2020)
By Susan · 19 posts · 15 views
last updated Feb 18, 2020 10:16AM
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+ Favourite authors
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Welcome to favourite authors
By Judy · 1 post · 89 views
last updated Oct 07, 2015 02:38PM
Agatha Christie
By Judy · 554 posts · 272 views
last updated Oct 25, 2020 02:20PM
E.C.R. Lorac
By Judy · 69 posts · 38 views
last updated Oct 12, 2020 10:03AM
Dick Francis
By W · 30 posts · 44 views
last updated Sep 01, 2020 02:29PM
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By Judy · 80 posts · 120 views
last updated Aug 28, 2020 03:09AM
Dorothy L Sayers
By Judy · 148 posts · 146 views
last updated Nov 27, 2019 09:45PM
Ngaio Marsh
By Judy · 101 posts · 137 views
last updated Nov 23, 2019 12:52PM
Gladys Mitchell
By Jason · 10 posts · 21 views
last updated Nov 21, 2019 11:45AM
* Welcome to a world of vintage crime
By Judy · 27 posts · 182 views
last updated Sep 01, 2020 06:54PM
Georges Simenon
By Judy · 58 posts · 118 views
last updated Sep 05, 2020 02:06PM
Raymond Chandler
By Judy · 26 posts · 60 views
last updated Aug 06, 2020 03:44PM
Richard and Frances Lockridge
By Gary · 5 posts · 29 views
last updated Mar 16, 2020 12:48PM
Rex Stout
By Judy · 193 posts · 145 views
last updated Nov 10, 2019 11:31PM
Ellery Queen
By Judy · 12 posts · 33 views
last updated Nov 30, 2017 02:40PM
* The Catch by Mick Herron
By Susan · 11 posts · 20 views
last updated Mar 06, 2020 08:10AM
* The Catch - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 7 posts · 13 views
last updated Mar 03, 2020 06:15AM
Spook Street by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 47 posts · 33 views
last updated Feb 15, 2020 07:35AM
Joe Country by Mick Herron
By Susan · 33 posts · 25 views
last updated Nov 22, 2019 12:34PM
Joe Country by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 13 posts · 27 views
last updated Oct 20, 2019 12:15AM
Dead Lions by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 31 posts · 33 views
last updated Oct 02, 2019 08:37PM
The Drop by Mick Herron - SPOILER Thread
By Susan · 5 posts · 14 views
last updated Jul 29, 2019 07:52AM
Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
By Susan · 8 posts · 20 views
last updated Jul 27, 2019 01:47PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Later authors
By Judy · 1 post · 76 views
last updated Oct 16, 2015 12:04AM
Ed McBain
By Gary · 23 posts · 44 views
last updated Apr 27, 2020 09:22AM
Which modern crime authors have that Golden Age touch?
By Judy · 137 posts · 231 views
last updated Jan 13, 2019 04:17PM
Elizabeth Linnington/Dell Shannon
By Gary · 3 posts · 17 views
last updated Nov 01, 2018 04:06AM
* Individual challenges
By Judy · 2 posts · 75 views
last updated Sep 07, 2016 01:08PM
December 2019 Off-site Read: Dead Men's Morris (1936) by Gladys Mitchell
By Jason · 1 post · 16 views
last updated Nov 16, 2019 10:04AM
Reading around Britain and Ireland.
By Jay-me (Janet… · 103 posts · 148 views
last updated Jan 09, 2019 02:29PM
Reading Through Europe
By Judy · 156 posts · 127 views
last updated Mar 18, 2018 01:42AM
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
By Christine PNW · 18 posts · 90 views
last updated Oct 13, 2017 06:37PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Self-promotion guidance - please read before posting
By Judy · 1 post · 26 views
last updated Feb 08, 2019 01:12AM
* Self-promotion
By Judy · 78 posts · 152 views
last updated Sep 19, 2020 07:25AM
Free eBook Short Story
By David · 1 post · 10 views
last updated Sep 16, 2020 08:41AM
Alec Fincham Novels
By Roger · 6 posts · 19 views
last updated Sep 08, 2020 03:05PM
Death was a good place to hide.
By Alex · 1 post · 7 views
last updated Jun 20, 2020 05:39PM
Mayur Varma Mystery Series - Book 02
By Vijay · 1 post · 8 views
last updated Jun 15, 2020 03:38AM
Mayur Varma Mystery Series - Book 01
By Vijay · 3 posts · 11 views
last updated Jun 08, 2020 12:48PM
The Faceless Advisor
By Jeremiah · 2 posts · 13 views
last updated Dec 12, 2019 12:09PM
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+ Archived threads
What mysteries are you reading at the moment? Old thread, 2019-2020
By Judy · 1528 posts · 202 views
last updated Oct 02, 2020 11:38PM
Kindle Deals etc up to August 2020
By Judy · 1131 posts · 169 views
last updated Aug 31, 2020 12:50PM
What non-mystery books are you reading at the moment?
By Judy · 1515 posts · 268 views
last updated Jul 14, 2020 12:02AM
This topic has been closed to new comments. What mysteries are you reading at the moment? Old thread
By Judy · 4475 posts · 471 views
last updated May 21, 2019 12:15PM
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