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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Two good British Crime Classics.

Seven people found dead inside an isolated house. House locked from the inside. The owners a gentleman and his niece the normal occupants of the house missing. Then traced to France. Motives and suspects are all zero.

The story published in 1939 has an old fashioned air and style of writing which is at the same time charming. Slow paced but steady the investigation is pursued. By deduction it is solved.

Sent to me by Netgalley, courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press for an unbiased review.

Death Makes a Prophet (Superintendent Meredith, #11)

1940s Welworth Garden City has attracted its fair share or more of free thinkers. Fairly liberal for the era it is also home to a community following a particular way of thinking - the organisation of Coo with its own head of fairly eccetric characters.

Like all communities, there are secrets and blackmailers and murderers and it is upto Inspector Meredith to sort it out and bring back a sense of calm to this city.

A classic mystery crime book which with its religious sect overtones was very good.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press.


  1. These both sound perfect for my mom.

  2. I do like that they are reissuing these older crime fiction novels - both of these titles sound great.

  3. Both of these sound really fun. There's something about British murder mysteries... :)

    Happy week to you!!

  4. Hi Mystica,

    It seems like an age since we last connected, so I hope that you enjoyed a very happy Christmas and New Year period :)

    As much as I enjoy a good modern psychological thriller, or a 'no holds barred' murder mystery, there is just something about the altogether gentler strains of a classic British whodunnit.

    Although I have come across the name of John Bude before, I haven't read anything by either of your featured authors and you were jolly lucky to be offered them for review.

    Collecting vintage copies of the books with the original cover art is now big business, but when a modern day makeover is done sympathetically and with taste, they can look just as appealing.

    Thanks for sharing :)


  5. I do enjoy these British mysteries but, every now and then they seem painfully slow.