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It’s no secret that I love vintage mysteries. I picked up one from NetGalley by an author I haven’t read before.

Mailbox Monday – 2/18Murder by Matchlight by E.C.R. Lorac
Series: Robert MacDonald #25
Published by Poisoned Pen Press on March 5, 2019 (first published 1945)
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Pages: 226
Format: eBook
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London, 1945. The capital is shrouded in the darkness of the blackout, and mystery abounds in the parks after dusk.

During a stroll through Regent's Park, Bruce Mallaig witnesses two men acting suspiciously around a footbridge. In a matter of moments, one of them has been murdered; Mallaig's view of the assailant but a brief glimpse of a ghastly face in the glow of a struck match.

The murderer's noiseless approach and escape seems to defy all logic, and even the victim's identity is quickly thrown into uncertainty. Lorac's shrewd yet personable C.I.D. man MacDonald must set to work once again to unravel this near-impossible mystery.

I also picked up this box set. It was a freebie for the Kindle when I got it.

Mailbox Monday – 2/18The Cozy Corgi Cozy Mysteries Collection One by Mildred Abbott
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries #1, Cozy Corgi Mysteries #2, Cozy Corgi Mysteries#3
Published by the author on December 5, 2018
Source: Freebie
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 592
Format: eBook
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Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, a cozy bookstore and bakery… and murder.

Cruel Candy: Book One
Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the Reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, but before she can begin her new life and put her plans into action, Fred and Watson have to clear her stepfather of murder.

Traitorous Toys: Book Two
The Christmas holidays in charming Estes Park lulls Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of spiced chai and gingerbread as they settle into their new home. The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold, during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals… and a dying man on the floor.

Bickering Birds: Book Three
As Fred and Watson get pulled into the murder of a member of the Feathered Friends Brigade Bird Club, the tangled bird’s nest of an investigation makes Fred wonder if she should have left this one to the police. But when feathers begin to fly, Fred has no choice but to flush out a killer.

(This anthology includes a recipe for delectable lemon bars, gingerbread, and ham and cheese croissants.)


  1. Hi Carol,

    I don’t read too many cozy mysteries and as I already have so many lined up in my never ending TBR pile, I think I’ll pass on this collection, despite the yummy sounding recipe ideas!

    On the other hand, the mention of a good murder / mystery, regardless of when It was written, will always have my attention. I hadn’t come across this particular author before, but it turns out that Lorac is only one of the pseudonyms under which one Edith Caroline Rivett wrote. All of her books sound so good that I really might have to consider reading some of them.

    Thanks for the introduction, I hope that you enjoy ‘Murder By Matchlight’ and have a good week 🙂


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