The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

I knew going in that The Crime at Black Dudley is not the best of Allingham’s Albert Campion series, but it’s the first even if he is only a minor character, and if you can start a series at the beginning, why not? Allingham, along with Christie, Sayers, and Marsh, …

Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh

The Final Curtain has a lot of similarities to many of Marsh’s other mysteries. We’ve got a country house party. Inspector Alleyn doesn’t show up until about halfway through. We’ve got a young couple who are meant to be together but have difficulties in the way. We’ve got a tie …

Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse

I’ve read several of Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Bertie books, but Something Fresh is the first of his Blandings Castle series I’ve picked up. It was funny and light-hearted and just a nice break. Lord Emsworth, owner of Blandings Castle, accidentally stole a valuable scarab from his son’s fiancée’s father, a …

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I don’t want to tell you much about The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I don’t want to ruin it for you. Someone described it as “Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day” and I think that’s pretty dead on. If you enjoy a good country house mystery, but like to take …

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

When will these older, wealthy men stop inviting their whole families, most of whom hate them or each other, to Christmas house parties? Simeon Lee is the one who’s done it this time. All his children, a grandchild none of the others know, and an old “friend’s” son, are at …

Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

Adrian Gray and his six adult children, along with a few spouses, are gathered at his country home for Christmas. I want to say “to celebrate Christmas,” but I don’t think they were ever really going to celebrate. They are not a nice group of people. Adrian is not a …