In at the Death by Francis Duncan

I’ve been reading a lot of vintage mysteries lately, Hercule Poirot, Roderick Alleyn, Sherlock Holmes. Mordecai Tremaine is one of the lesser-known detectives of the era, at least now, I’m not sure about when the stories were originally published. I like him though; I’m glad the books are being reissued. Mordecai is …

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Yes, Poirot again. I’ve been on a bit of a kick lately, I know. I’m almost reading/re-reading the series in order. I #4 earlier this year and obviously still remember it wall. I skipped #5 because I don’t like it. So now we’re at #6, The Mystery of the Blue …

Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh

Death of a Fool takes place around the winter solstice. In South Mardian, a sword dance/fertility ritual/mummer play is performed every year, but this time, the fool (the father) is actually beheaded. I don’t know anything about English folk dances, but the dance featured in Death of a Fool is interesting. Granted, …

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

I’m not sure if I’ve ever read Poirot Investigates before. I think I prefer the full-length novels to the short stories, although this is a good collection. Since these are all short stories, they are quick mysteries. We don’t get to know many characters well and in a few the …

The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

So, I’ve discovered that, depending on what’s going on in the office and what I’m doing, I can listen to audiobooks at work. When I’m folding newsletter, for example, or copying and pasting graphs. But, they can’t be overly complicated or at all potentially offensive, which means vintage mysteries, like …

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile is a classic Poirot mystery.  Poirot is on vacation in Egypt, taking a cruise on the Nile – and of course a murder occurs. Happily, Colonel Race is on board too and the two of them take up the investigation. We’ve got a lot of people …