Vintage Sundays – Death Stops The Frolic by George Bellairs

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs is a 2020 Agora Books publication. It was originally published as Turmoil In Zion in 1943.

Source: An advanced copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“On a joyous afternoon filled with tea and cake, something strange happens at Zion Chapel’s Anniversary Tea Party. The infamous Alderman Harbuttle is behaving uncharacteristically playful – laughing with the assembly, singing rhymes, and leading people in a rousing game of Follow-My-Leader throughout the chapel’s winding halls.

But his jubilee is cut short when the revellers find the Alderman’s murdered body in the dark recesses of the chapel, a bread knife buried to the hilt in his chest.

Superintendent Nankivell of the local police force takes up the case, and his investigation quickly stirs up sinister secrets lurking within the walls of Zion Chapel. His suspect list soon proves massive, as he learns there are many people who would be happier without the sanctimonious Alderman Harbuttle around…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – Death Stops The Frolic by George Bellairs”

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith – Book Review

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith is a 1955 Cresset Press (UK) publication.

Source: purchased at our local used bookstore

“Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a “sissy” by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.”- Goodreads Continue reading “The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith – Book Review”

Vintage Sundays – Dread Journey by Dorothy B. Hughes

 

Dread Journey by Dorothy Hughes

 

Dread Journey by Dorothy B. Hughes is a 2019 American Mystery Classics publication.

Rating: 5 stars

Source: Advanced copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

“Four years after she arrived in Los Angeles, Kitten Agnew has become a star. Though beautiful and talented, she’d be nowhere without Vivien Spender: Hollywood’s most acclaimed director—and its most dangerous. But Kitten knew what she was getting into when she got involved with him; she had heard the stories of Viv’s past discoveries: Once he discarded them, they ended up in a chorus line, a sanatorium, or worse. She knows enough of his secrets that he wouldn’t dare destroy her career. But he may be willing to kill her.

On a train from Los Angeles to Chicago, Kitten learns that Viv is planning to offer her roommate a part that was meant for her. If she lets him betray her, her career will be over. But fight for the part, and she will be fighting for her life as well.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – Dread Journey by Dorothy B. Hughes”

Vintage Sundays – The Body In The Dumb River by George Bellairs

The Body In The Dumb River by George Bellairs

The Body in The Dumb River by George Bellairs is a 2019 Poisoned Pen Press publication. It was originally published in 1961.

Rating: 5 stars

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

 

Jim Teasdale has been drowned in the Dumb River, near Ely, miles from his Yorkshire home. His body, clearly dumped in the usually silent (‘dumb’) waterway, has been discovered before the killer intended — disturbed by a torrential flood.


With critical urgency it’s up to Superintendent Littlejohn of Scotland Yard to trace the mystery of the unassuming victim’s murder to its source, leaving waves of scandal and sensation in his wake as the hidden, salacious dealings of Jim Teasdale begin to surface.”
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Vintage Sundays – The Bellamy Trial by Frances Noyes Hart

The Bellamy Trial by Frances Noyes Hart

The Bellamy Trial by Frances Noyes Hart is a 2019 American Mystery Classics publication. It was originally published in 1927.

Rating: 3-star

Source: advanced egalley provided by the publisher through NetGalley

“The trial of Stephen Bellamy and Susan Ives, accused of murdering Bellamy’s wife Madeleine, lasts eight days. That’s eight days of witnesses (some reliable, some not), eight days of examination and cross-examination, and eight days of sensational courtroom theatrics lively enough to rouse the judge into frenzied calls for order. Ex-fiancés, houseworkers, and assorted family members are brought to the stand—a cross-section of this wealthy Long Island town—and each one only adds to the mystery of the case in all its sordid detail. A trial that seems straightforward at its outset grows increasingly confounding as it proceeds, and surprises abound; by the time the closing arguments are made, however, the reader, like the jury, is provided with all the evidence needed to pass judgement on the two defendants. Still, only the most astute among them will not be shocked by the verdict announced at the end.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – The Bellamy Trial by Frances Noyes Hart”

Vintage Sundays – The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

Christmas Card Crime by Martin Edwards

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories edited by Martin Edwards is a 2019 Poisoned Pen Press Publication.

Rating: 5 star

Source: advanced copy from NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press

“A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman’s watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street’s Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder.

This collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season – from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow, to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations. Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories”

Vintage Sundays – A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh is a 2000 Harper Collins publication. It was originally published in 1934.

Rating: 4 star

Source: Overdrive app through my local library

“At Sir Hubert Handesley’s country house party, five guests have gathered for the uproarious parlor game of “Murder.” Yet no one is laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse, the good-looking and mysterious Charles Rankin. Scotland Yard’s Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to find a complete collection of alibis, a missing butler, and an intricate puzzle of betrayal and sedition in the search for the key player in this deadly game.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh”