The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes published by Dover Publications

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 16 classic detective stories from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. The detectives are not so much rivals of Holmes as contemporaries. The collection is centered around when the stories were written, but they come from a variety of …

Left-Handed Death by Richard Hull

Left-Handed Death is the first of Richard Hull’s mysteries I’ve read. It’s got an interesting perspective. We kind of start in the middle of the mystery. Arthur Shergold and Guy Reeves are sitting in their office, discussing recent events, in particular, Reeves’ lunch that day with a civil servant from …

Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham

I’m a fan of Albert Campion. I like how he pretends to be a little dull and inoffensive, but is really pretty brilliant, daring and rather charming. The bad guy in Sweet Danger knows him pretty well too. Savanke went on impassively. “I know your success, your association with Scotland …

Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham

Campion is contacted by Joyce Blount, who is engaged to a friend of his. Joyce lives in Socrates Close, Cambridge, surrounded by the old, eccentric Faraday family. The matriarch of the family is Caroline Faraday, widow of a famous academic. However, Uncle Andrew has gone missing and all is not …

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories edited by Martin Edwards

I thoroughly enjoyed the storied in The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Each short story/mystery is set around Christmas, but aside from that one connecting feature, it’s a great variety, from typical whodunnits, to spy stories, to a ghost story. The stories are as follows: “A Christmas Tragedy” by …