The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham

This mystery sees Albert Campion visiting his sister, Val, who is the top designer at a fashion house. Their family approves of neither of them, but the way. Val has been working on dresses for the actress Georgia Wells. Campion has found the skeleton of Georgia’s former fiance in a …

Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham

My problem with Dancers in Mourning is that while the plot itself is well-done, Campion is not his usual self. He’s over-emotionally involved and it’s affecting his decisions and involvement with the case. To start off, Campion visits the theatre with ‘Uncle’ William Faraday, who has found his mostly fictional …

The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne

It’s a shame Milne only wrote one mystery. The Red House Mystery is clever and funny and charming. From the dedication: Our amateur sleuth is Antony Gillingham. He stops at The Red House to visit his friend, Bill Beverly, but as he gets there he finds a frantic man banging …

Resorting to Murder edited by Martin Edwards

So, who else is dreaming of vacations right about now? This collection of British mystery short stories centers around vacations/holidays. Our detectives are supposed to be enjoying themselves, but are of course drawn into solving whatever crime has occurred, most often a murder. Like any anthology, some stand out above …

Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh

This is the second boat mystery I’ve read recently. This one is a river cruise that Alleyn’s wife, Troy, has booked on a whim. David and I have talked before about doing a cruise on the Mississippi before and I started looking at options the other day, thinking that planning …

Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham

On a beautiful morning in 1911, Tom Barnabas, a director of the publishing firm Barnabas and Company, left his London house and walked down the street. Somewhere along that street, before he reached the tobacconist’s shop on the corner, he disappeared. His disappearance was never explained – or solved. Twenty …