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message 1: by Judy (last edited Sep 01, 2019 04:24AM) (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
it's time to nominate! Please suggest books for our November 2019 group read.

The books can be written in/set in the GA period, or a little earlier or later.

As usual, just one nomination per group member, please. Also, only one book by any individual writer can be nominated per month.


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9648 comments Mod
I'll nominate a Dean Street Press reissue:

The Death of Mr. Lomas The Death of Mr. Lomas (The Inspector Knollis Mysteries #1) by Francis Vivian

When Mr. Lomas visits the Chief Constable of Burnham and describes his symptoms, Sir Wilfred Burrows believes that his visitor suffers from nothing more serious than nerves. Later that day Mr. Lomas's body is recovered from the water at Willow Lock; yet death is not by drowning.

Sir Wilfred recounts the interview to Inspector Knollis, who, realizing the significance of the symptoms, is satisfied that Mr. Lomas is a victim of cocaine poisoning. With characteristic energy he sets about the task of unmasking the murderer.

In this gripping story of a cunning murderer brought to justice by brilliant, logical reasoning, the solution is skilfully yet legitimately concealed to the last.

The Death of Mr. Lomas was first published in 1941. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.


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Jill (dogbotsmum) | 1954 comments I'll nominate The Polo Ground Mystery by Robin Forsythe

Mr Sutton Armadale, the financier, was shot dead on the private polo ground of his palatial home. Before expiring in his gamekeeper’s arms, he muttered the one word “murder”.

Among the suspects are Armadale’s second wife; a drunken, loud-mouthed stranger in the neighbourhood; and an irresistibly attractive ballerina. The amiable and eccentric Algernon Vereker finds the case as befuddling as a crack on the head from a polo mallet. Two witnesses were certain they heard two shots fired, yet only one spent cartridge case was found on the ground by the dead man’s body. What is the “Sutton Stakes” connection… and is a “Bombay Head” part of the solution?
The Polo Ground Mystery (1932) is a classic country house whodunit, with a sporting equestrian theme. The second of the Algernon Vereker mysteries, this new edition is the first published in over 70 years. It features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.


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Jan C (woeisme) | 1316 comments 1909's Carolyn Wells' The Clue.

Among the most famous of her mystery novels were the Fleming Stone Detective Stories which—according to Allen J. Hubin's Crime Fiction IV: Wells's The Clue (1909) is on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone list of essential mysteries.


message 5: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
Three great nominations already, and all very accessible - the first two are Dean Street Press reissues, and I see there are several cheap Kindle editions of The Clue, too, including one at 99p.


message 6: by Susan in NC (last edited Sep 02, 2019 08:13AM) (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Fell Murder: A Lancashire Mystery, Fell Murder A Lancashire Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) by E.C.R. Lorac another reissue of a favorite Golden Age author, ECR Lorac.

There isn’t much on GR about this one, but Amazon has this: First published in 1944 Fell Murder sees E.C.R. Lorac at the height of her considerable powers as a purveyor of well-made, traditional and emphatic detective fiction. The book presents a fascinating 'return of the prodigal' mystery set in the later stages of the Second World War amidst the close-knit farmerfolk community of Lancashire s lovely Lune valley.
The Garths had farmed their fertile acres for generations and fine land it was with the towering hills of the Lake Country on the far horizon. Garthmere Hall itself was old before Flodden Field, and here hot-tempered Robert Garth, still hale and hearty at eighty-two, ruled his household with a rod of iron. The peaceful dales and fells of the north country provide the setting for this grim story of a murder, a setting in fact which is one of the attractive features of an unusual and distinctive tale of evil passions and murderous hate in a small rural community.


Sorry, I’ve nominated Lorac in past months, but I don’t think I’ve nominated this title.


message 7: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
Another great nomination. I have been meaning to try Lorax.


message 8: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 307 comments I´d be interested in the Loracs too, though I don´t know if they´re standing alone, as I never read one.


message 9: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 2637 comments Mod
Only four Lorac's are available in my library systems (in the US), the title mentioned is not available on kindle, and the titles that Amazon does have (the same four as the libraries) are closer to full price: $4 - $10. Others in the US may want to check to see if they find the books available.


message 10: by Susan in NC (last edited Sep 03, 2019 04:35PM) (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Sorry about that, if they’re not available or pricey! They’re being slowly reissued - I’ve been lucky enough to get a couple of Lorac’s books through my library, and really enjoyed them. I was going to read Fell Murder: A Lancashire Mystery anyway, so I thought I’d nominate it to the group. She wrote a lot of books, but British Library Crime Classics have only reissued a few so far.


message 11: by Jan C (new)

Jan C (woeisme) | 1316 comments Susan in NC wrote: "Sorry about that, if they’re not available or pricey! They’re being slowly reissued - I’ve been lucky enough to get a couple of Lorac’s books through my library, and really enjoyed them. I was goin..."

It is soon - 1/6/20 - to be re-issued in paperback - $14.99. No mention about e-books.


message 12: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Judy wrote: "Another great nomination. I have been meaning to try Lorax."

I really like her low-key detective, MacDonald.


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Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Michaela wrote: "I´d be interested in the Loracs too, though I don´t know if they´re standing alone, as I never read one."

They are stand-alone books, slowly being reissued by British Library Crime Classics. I’ve read three so far, each case featuring her Inspector MacDonald of Scotland Yard. The three I’ve read through my library are: Murder by Matchlight, Murder by Matchlight by E.C.R. Lorac , Fire in the Thatch: A Devon Mystery, Fire in the Thatch A Devon Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac , and Bats in the Belfry: A London Mystery, Bats in the Belfry A London Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac .


message 14: by Jan C (new)

Jan C (woeisme) | 1316 comments I have Bats in the Belfry.


message 15: by Carrie (new)

Carrie | 16 comments Jill wrote: "I'll nominate The Polo Ground Mystery by Robin Forsythe

Mr Sutton Armadale, the financier, was shot dead on the private polo ground of his palatial home. Before e..."


I would definitely like to read this one. I've been wanting to read another of this series since reading Spirit Murder Mystery, which I thought was extremely good, with a witty detective who is a painter and lots of interesting period details.


message 16: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Jan C wrote: "I have Bats in the Belfry."

Oh, that was a good one!


message 17: by Susan in NC (last edited Sep 03, 2019 05:43PM) (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Jan C wrote: "1909's Carolyn Wells' The Clue.

Among the most famous of her mystery novels were the Fleming Stone Detective Stories which—according to Allen J. Hubin's Crime Fict..."


And it’s on Kindle for .99! Yay!


message 18: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Carrie wrote: "Jill wrote: "I'll nominate The Polo Ground Mystery by Robin Forsythe

Mr Sutton Armadale, the financier, was shot dead on the private polo ground of his palatial h..."


I’ve never read this author, sounds very interesting - I love nominations, I end up adding several new authors to my TBR pile.


message 19: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Jan C wrote: "Susan in NC wrote: "Sorry about that, if they’re not available or pricey! They’re being slowly reissued - I’ve been lucky enough to get a couple of Lorac’s books through my library, and really enjo..."

Well, if it’s too hard to get, maybe I should pull that nomination, and instead suggest Murder in the Mill-Race: A Devon Mystery Murder in the Mill-Race A Devon Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac ? That’s on Kindle and available as a used book on Amazon.


message 20: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 2637 comments Mod
Susan in NC wrote: "Jan C wrote: "Susan in NC wrote: "Sorry about that, if they’re not available or pricey! They’re being slowly reissued - I’ve been lucky enough to get a couple of Lorac’s books through my library, a..."

Thank you - that is one available through my library.


message 21: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 307 comments I could get The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude in my library.


message 22: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
Can I just check, is that a nomination for The Sussex Downs Murder, Michaela?


message 23: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 307 comments Judy wrote: "Can I just check, is that a nomination for The Sussex Downs Murder, Michaela?"

Yes, if that´s okay, please! I found it when looking for the Lorac mysteries.


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message 25: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Michaela wrote: "Judy wrote: "Can I just check, is that a nomination for The Sussex Downs Murder, Michaela?"

Yes, if that´s okay, please! I found it when looking for the Lorac mysteries."


Yay, another I’ve been wanting to read!


message 26: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
The poll is now open:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 27: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 202 comments Michaela wrote: "I could get The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude in my library."
me, too, and I don't see the others ...one more place to check but will probably have to vote for this one.

I see it's #2 in a series...


message 28: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 307 comments Jackie wrote: "Michaela wrote: "I could get The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude in my library."
me, too, and I don't see the others ...one more place to check but will probably h..."


I only found out now, but I think the books are stand-alones.


message 29: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
I also believe the John Bude books don't need to be read in order - I've read the first one, The Lake District Murder, which was basically a police procedural type mystery. British Library Crime Classics has only reprinted a few and they don't all follow on from each other.

The Sussex Downs Murder is currently in the lead in early voting, but it is only one vote ahead of Murder in the Mill-Race. If you haven't voted yet, please take a look at the 5 great choices.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 30: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
We have a winner - it's The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude, which will be our November group read. The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendent Meredith, #2) by John Bude

Full results:

The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendent Meredith, #2) 8 votes, 50.0%
Murder in the Mill-Race: A Devon Mystery 5 votes, 31.3%
The Death of Mr. Lomas (The Inspector Knollis Mysteries #1) 2 votes, 12.5%
The Polo Ground Mystery 1 vote, 6.3%
The Clue (Fleming Stone #1) 0 votes, 0.0%


message 31: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9648 comments Mod
Thanks, Judy. Added to my TBR list.


message 32: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC (susanncreader) | 2581 comments Thanks, Judy - this one was already on my list, and my library has a copy - yay!


message 33: by Memo (new)

Memo | 2 comments Thanks Judy - confused about the author for the The Death of Mr. Lomas (The Inspector Knollis Mysteries #1). Looked it up on Goodreads and found two separate authors for the same book. Will the real author please stand up? Which author got the vote?
Thanks
Memo

The Death of Mr. Lomas (The Inspector Knollis Mysteries #1)
by Francis Vivian

The Death of Mr. Lomas: An Inspector Knollis Mystery (The Inspector Knollis Mysteries Book 1)
by Christopher Bush


message 34: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 307 comments Thanks Judy! Will get it from my library! :)


message 35: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 8611 comments Mod
Memo wrote: "Thanks Judy - confused about the author for the The Death of Mr. Lomas (The Inspector Knollis Mysteries #1). Looked it up on Goodreads and found two separate authors for the same book. Will the rea..."

Welcome, Memo. That one is by Francis Vivian - Christopher Bush wrote some other books published by Dean Street Press, so looks as if someone has got in a muddle and uploaded the wrong details to GR!

https://www.deanstreetpress.co.uk/boo...


message 36: by ShanDizzy (new)

ShanDizzy  (sdizzy) | 152 comments Yay! For Sussex Downs Murders. I am currently reading #1 in the series.


message 37: by Bicky (new)

Bicky | 332 comments I am also reading the first in the series by Bude.


message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9648 comments Mod
I will probably read the first in the series before the group read. Just can't read out of order...


message 39: by Jackie (last edited Sep 23, 2019 05:26PM) (new)

Jackie | 202 comments Susan wrote: "I will probably read the first in the series before the group read. Just can't read out of order..."

I feel like that, too, but the first in the series isn't available at my library. darn it!


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