The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham

The plot is simple: Jerry finds a lovely girl and drives her home. Just as they arrive, a shot is heard. The dead man is a neighbor, who is hated by everyone around him. It just so happens that Jerry’s father is the famous Detective Chief Inspector Challenor, and aided …

The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

The Tiger in the Smoke is an intelligent crime novel set just a few years after World War II. It’s a tough time in London. Many people are quite poor and many ex-servicemen are having a difficult time. London is also being plagued by a pea-soup fog, which lends a …

Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett

Aristocratic, but down on her luck, Olive Belgrave is searching for employment in 1920’s London, which is a fun time period if you’re reading about society. Not as fun for servants or other lower classes, I’m sure, but they were not the main characters here. This is about people with …

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Eight Perfect Murders is clever. Mal posted a list of eight “perfect” murders on a blog years ago and now someone is using the list to conduct their own murder spree. Maybe. I love all the references to other mysteries, but if they’re on your to-read list, be aware that …

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season is an amazing book. It’s set on a post-apocalyptic earth that’s plagued by constant seismic activity. This leads to frequent near-extinction events called “Fifth Seasons” that keep people always on alert. The evidence of past civilizations litters the planet — ruined cities, incomplete ‘stonelore’ handed down from …

The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren

When I was pulling together my to-read list for Sci-Fi Summer, I ran across The Aleph Extraction, which sounded fun, but I decided to start with the first in the series instead, The Caledonian Gambit. Starting with the first in a series, or the zero-ith in the case- the numbering’s …