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lyzard's list: Provided with books for the 2019 journey - Part 5

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Aug 15, 5:50pm Top

For 2014 I almost went with a portrait-shot of a dancing bird of paradise, but my quest for the less obvious finally made me choose instead this image taken in the waters off Cape Town of swarming box jellyfish, which was a finalist in the 'underwater' category:

Edited: Sep 21, 7:01pm Top

If you have a book with you on a journey it is very possible that you may not look at it;---but how terrible a thing it is to come on a journey unprovided with any book!
---Anthony Trollope, The Duke's Children: The First Complete Edition (1880)



Currently reading:

From Here To Eternity by James Jones (1951)

The American Caravan: A Yearbook Of American Literature by Van Wyck Brooks, Alfred Kreymborg, Lewis Mumford and Paul Rosenfeld (eds.) (1927)

Edited: Aug 14, 8:47pm Top

2019 reading:


1. The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque (1931)
2. Shadows On The Rock by Willa Cather (1931)
3. Family Trouble by William McFee (1949)
4. Patty's Motor Car by Carolyn Wells (1911)
5. Dr Nikola's Experiment by Guy Newell Boothby (1899)
6. Tragedy At The Unicorn by John Rhode (1928)
7. Juliania; or, The Affectionate Sisters by Elizabeth Sandham (1800)
8. The Crime At The Noah's Ark by Molly Thynne (1931)
9. The Mother-In-Law; or, The Isle Of Rays by E.D.E.N. Southworth (1851)
10. The Monster Of Grammont by George Goodchild (1927)
11. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas (1942)
12. The Stoneware Monkey by R. Austin Freeman (1938)
13. Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie (1959)
14. The Captain Of The Vulture by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)
15. The Mystery Of The Peacock's Eye by Brian Flynn (1928)


16. Belinda by Maria Edgeworth (1801)
17. Tragedy On The Line by John Rhode (1931)
18. The Island Of Dr Moreau by H. G. Wells (1896)
19. Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith (1944)
20. Circus Parade by Jim Tully (1927)
21. The Crouching Beast by Valentine Williams (1928)
22. Eternity Ring by Patricia Wentworth (1948)
23. Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers (1930)
24. The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie (1960)
25. Broadway Melody Of 1999 by Robert Steiner (1993)
26. The Fallen Angel: Chastity, Class And Women's Reading, 1835-1880 by Sally Mitchell (1981)
27. Farewell, Nikola by Guy Newell Boothby (1901)


28. The Kellys And The O'Kellys; or, Landlords And Tenants by Anthony Trollope (1848)
29. Kenilworth by Walter Scott (1821)
30. The Two Elsies by Martha Finley (1885)
31. Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (1944)
32. Number Seventeen by Louis Tracy (1915)
33. The Slip-Carriage Mystery by Lynn Brock (1928)
34. The Hardway Diamonds Mystery by Miles Burton (1930)
35. The Supernatural by Douglas Hill and Pat Williams (1965)
36. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen (1894)
37. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie (1961)
38. Rich In Love by Josephine Humphreys (1987)

Edited: Aug 14, 8:57pm Top

2019 reading:


39. Cone Of Silence by David Beaty (1959)
40. Orca by Arthur Herzog (1977)
41. Hands Unseen by Herman Landon (1924)
42. The Amazing Mr Bunn by Bertram Atkey (1911)
43. Miss Silver Comes To Stay by Patricia Wentworth (1948)
44. The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side by Agatha Christie (1962)
45. Peril! by Sydney Horler (1930)
46. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman (1940)
47. Murder By An Aristocrat by Mignon Eberhart (1932)
48. The King's General by Daphne du Maurier (1946)
49. Miss Parritt Disappears by Valentine Williams (1931)
50. Bread And Vinegar by H. A. Manhood (1931)
51. The Fox Prowls by Valentine Williams (1939)
52. The House Opposite by Elizabeth Kent (1902)
53. Murder In Amityville by Hans Holzer (1979)
54. Anna The Adventuress by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1904)
55. The House Opposite by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1931)
56. Who? by Elizabeth Kent (1912)


57. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1796)
58. Home Port by Olive Higgins Prouty (1947)
59. The Clocks by Agatha Christie (1963)
60. The Complete Guide To Mysterious Beings by John A. Keel (1994)
61. The Miracle Of The Bells by Russell Janney (1946)
62. This'll Kill Ya: And Other Dangerous Stories by Harry Wilson (1991)
63. The Jacob Street Mystery by R. Austin Freeman (1942)
64. The Sicilian by "Gabrielli" (Elizabeth Meeke) (1798)


65. Emmeline, The Orphan Of The Castle by Charlotte Smith (1788)
66. The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas (1948)
67. The Catherine-Wheel by Patricia Wentworth (1949)
68. A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie (1964)
69. The Adopted by William McFee (1952)
70. Women, Letters, And The Novel by Ruth Perry (1980)
71. Why: The Serial Killer In America by Margaret Cheney (1992)
72. Serial Slaughter: What's Behind America's Murder Epidemic? by Michael Newton (1992)
73. Bracebridge Hall; or, The Humorists by Washington Irving (1822)
74. Patty's Butterfly Days by Carolyn Wells (1912)

Edited: Sep 21, 7:01pm Top

2019 reading:


75. The Handsome Young Men by Hulbert Footner (1926)
76. The Infidel Father by Jane West (1802)
77. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope (1857)
78. Sinuhe The Egyptian by Mika Waltari (1945 / 1949)
79. The Epicurean by Thomas Moore (1827)
80. The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How To Be One by Peter B. Kyne (1921)
81. Murdered But Not Dead by Anne Austin (1939)
82. The Maestro Murders by Frances Shelley Wees (1931)
83. Blind Corner by Dornford Yates (1927)
84. At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie (1965)
85. The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving (1820)
86. Keeper Of The Keys by Earl Derr Biggers (1932)


87. The Sands Of Windee by Arthur Upfield (1931)
88. The Brading Collection by Patricia Wentworth (1950)
89. The Clock Strikes by Leslie Ford (1935)
90. Third Girl by Agatha Christie (1966)
91. Gray Magic by Herman Landon (1925)
92. Many Ways by Margaret Pedler (1931)
93. The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson (1950)
94. Fabia by Olive Higgins Prouty (1952)
95. The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier (1824)
96. The Social Life Of Fluids: Blood, Milk, And Water In The Victorian Novel by Jules David Law (2010)


97. The Eye In Attendance by Valentine Williams (1927)
98. Death Answers The Bell by Valentine Williams (1931)
99. The Shadow Of Death: The Hunt For A Serial Killer by Philip E. Ginsburg (1993)
100. Thaddeus Of Warsaw by Jane Porter (1803)
101. My Desert Friend And Other Stories by Robert Hichens (1931)
102. The de Bercy Affair by Louis Tracy (1910)
103. The Crime At Tattenham Corner by Annie Haynes (1929)
104. Who Killed Charmian Karslake? by Annie Haynes (1929)

Edited: Sep 21, 7:05pm Top

Books in transit:

Library books to collect:
The Maze by Philip Macdonald

On interlibrary loan / branch transfer / storage / Rare Book request:
The American Caravan by Van Wyck Brooks (ed.) {State Library NSW}

Upcoming requests:
The Spectacles Of Mr Cagliostro (aka The Blue Spectacles) by Harry Stephen Keeler {CARM}
The Creaking Tree Mystery by L. A. Knight {JFR}

Purchased and shipped:

On loan:
Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years by Johann Goethe (30/09/2019)
*My Desert Friend And Other Stories by Robert Hichens (22/10/2019)
*The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson (04/11/2019)
*Thaddeus Of Warsaw by Jane Porter (04/11/2019)
*The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier (04/11/2019)
*The Social Life Of Fluids: Blood, Milk, And Water In The Victorian Novel by Jules Law (04/11/2019)
Sex, Politics And Society: The Regulation Of Sexuality Since 1800 by Jeffrey Weeks (07/12/2019)
From Here To Eternity by James Jones (14/12/2019)
The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (14/12/2019)

Edited: Sep 12, 6:13pm Top

Reading projects 2019:

Blog reads:
Chronobibliography: Leandro; or, The Lucky Rescue by James Smythies
Authors In Depth:
- Forest Of Montalbano by Catherine Cuthbertson
- Shannondale (aka "The Three Beauties; or, Shannondale: A Novel") by E.D.E.N. Southworth
- The Captain Of The Vulture by Mary Elizabeth Braddon / Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- Ellesmere by Mrs Meeke
- The Cottage by Margaret Minifie
- The Old Engagement by Julia Day
- The Refugee In America by Frances Trollope
Reading Roulette: Pique by Sarah Stickney Ellis
Australian fiction: Louisa Egerton by Mary Leman Grimstone
Gothic novel timeline: Reginald Du Bray by 'A Late Nobleman'
Early crime fiction: The Mysteries Of London by G. W. M. Reynolds
Silver-fork novels: Sayings And Doings; or, Sketches From Life (First Series) by Theodore Hook
Related reading: Gains And Losses by Robert Lee Wollf / The Man Of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie / Le Loup Blanc by Paul Féval / Theresa Marchmont; or, The Maid Of Honour by Catherine Gore

Group / tutored reads:

NOW: The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope (thread here)

Completed: Belinda by Maria Edgeworth (thread here)
Completed: The Kellys And The O'Kellys by Anthony Trollope (thread here)
Completed: Emmeline, The Orphan Of The Castle by Charlotte Smith (thread here)

General reading challenges:

America's best-selling novels (1895 - ????):
Next up: From Here To Eternity by James Joyce

Virago chronological reading project:
Next up: The Semi-Attached Couple; and The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden

Agatha Christie mysteries in chronological order:
Next up: Endless Night

The C.K. Shorter List of Best 100 Novels:
Next up: Wilhelm Meister by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan by James Morier

Mystery League publications:
Next up: Turmoil At Brede by Seldon Truss

Banned In Boston!:
Next up: American Caravan by Van Wyck Brooks, Alfred Kreymborg, Lewis Mumford and Paul Rosenfeld (eds.)

The evolution of detective fiction:
Next up: The Mysteries Of London (Volume III) by G. W. M. Reynolds

Random reading 1940 - 1969:
Next up: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh / B.F.'s Daughter by John P. Marquand

Potential decommission:
Next up: They Who Do Not Grieve by Sia Figiel

Potential decommission (non-fiction):
Next up: Faces In The Smoke by Douchan Gersi

Completed challenges:
Georgette Heyer historical romances in chronological order

Possible future reading projects:
- Georgette Heyer's historical fiction
- Nobel Prize winners who won for fiction
- Daily Telegraph's 100 Best Novels, 1899
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize
- Berkeley "Books Of The Century"
- Collins White Circle Crime Club / Green Penguins
- Dell paperbacks
- "El Mundo" 100 best novels of the twentieth century
- 100 Best Books by American Women During the Past 100 Years, 1833-1933
- 50 Classics of Crime Fiction 1900–1950 (Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor)
- The Guardian's 100 Best Novels
- Life Magazine "The 100 Outstanding Books of 1924 - 1944" (Henry Seidel Canby)
- "40 Trashy Novels You Must Read Before You Die" (Flavorwire)
- best-novel lists in Wikipedia article on The Grapes Of Wrath
- Pandora 'Mothers Of The Novel'
- Newark Library list (here)

Edited: Sep 18, 8:34pm Top

TBR notes:

Currently 'missing' series works:

Mystery At Greycombe Farm by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #12) {Rare Books}
Dead Men At The Folly by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #13) {Rare Books}
The Robthorne Mystery by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #17) {Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}
Poison For One by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #18) {Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}
Shot At Dawn by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #19) {Rare Books}
The Corpse In The Car by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #20) {CARM}
Hendon's First Case by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #21) {Rare Books}
Mystery At Olympia (aka "Murder At The Motor Show") (Dr Priestley #22) {Kindle / State Library NSW, held}
In Face Of The Verdict by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #24) {Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}

Six Minutes Past Twelve by Gavin Holt (Luther Bastion #1) {State Library NSW, held}
The White-Faced Man by Gavin Holt (Luther Bastion #2) {State Library NSW, held}

Secret Judges by Francis D. Grierson (Sims and Wells #2) {Rare Books}

The Platinum Cat by Miles Burton (Desmond Merrion #17 / Inspector Arnold #18) {Rare Books}

The Double-Thirteen Mystery by Anthony Wynne (Dr Eustace Hailey #2) {Rare Books}

The Black Death by Moray Dalton {CARM}


Ambrose Holt And Family by Susan Glaspell {ILL / JFR}
The Creaking Tree Mystery by L. A. Knight {ILL / JFR}
The Murderer Invisible by Philip Wylie {Rare Books}
The Back-Seat Murder by Herman Landon {Rare Books}
One-Man Girl by Maisie Greig {Mitchell Library}
Cameos by Octavus Roy Cohen {State Library NSW}

The Matilda Hunter Murder by Harry Stephen Keeler {Kindle}

Death By Appointment by "Francis Bonnamy" (Audrey Walz) (Peter Utley Shane #1) {Rare Books}
The Bell Street Murders by Sydney Fowler (S. Fowler Wright) (Inspector Cambridge and Mr Jellipot #1) {Rare Books}
The Murderer Returns by Edwin Dial Torgerson (Pierre Montigny #1) {Rare Books}

NB: Rest of 1931 listed on the Wiki

Completist reading:

The Spectacles Of Mr Cagliostro (aka The Blue Spectacles) by Harry Stephen Keeler (#3) {CARM}
The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope (#7) {owned}
XYZ by Anna Katharine Green {Project Gutenberg}
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart {Project Gutenberg}
The White Cockatoo by Mignon Eberhart

Shopping list:


The Amber Junk (aka The Riddle Of The Amber Ship) by Hazel Phillips Hanshew (Cleek #9)
The Hawkmoor Mystery by W. H. Lane Crauford
Dead Man's Hat by Hulbert Footner
October House by Kay Cleaver Strahan (Lynn MacDonald #4)
The Double Thumb by Francis Grierson (Sims and Wells #3)
The Mystery Of The Open Window by Anthony Gilbert (Scott Egerton #4)
The Mystery Of The Creeping Man by Frances Shelley Wees (Michael Forrester #2)
The Shadow Of Evil by Charles J. Dutton (Harley Manners #2)
The Seventh Passenger by Alice MacGowan and Perry Newberry (Jerry Boyne #4)
The Daughter Of The House by Carolyn Wells (Fleming Stone #19)
The Pelham Murder Case by Monte Barrett (Peter Cardigan #1)
Prove It, Mr Tolefree (aka "The Tolliver Case") by R. A. J. Walling (Philip Tolefree #3)
The Hanging Woman by John Rhode (Dr Priestley #11)

Edited: Sep 12, 6:16pm Top

A Century (And A Bit) Of Reading:

A book a year from 1800 - 1900!

1800: Juliania; or, The Affectionate Sisters by Elizabeth Sandham
1801: Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
1802: The Infidel Father by Jane West
1803: Thaddeus Of Warsaw by Jane Porter
1807: Corinne; ou, l'Italie by Madame de Staël
1809: The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
1812: The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth
1814: The Wanderer; or, Female Difficulties by Frances Burney
1815: Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock
1820: The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving
1821: The Ayrshire Legatees; or, The Pringle Family by John Galt / Valerius: A Roman Story by J. G. Lockhart / Kenilworth by Walter Scott
1822: Bracebridge Hall; or, The Humorists by Washington Irving
1824: The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier
1827: The Epicurean by Thomas Moore
1836: The Tree And Its Fruits; or, Narratives From Real Life by Phoebe Hinsdale Brown
1845: Zoe: The History Of Two Lives by Geraldine Jewsbury / The Mysteries Of London (Volume I) by G. W. M. Reynolds
1846: The Mysteries Of London (Volume II) by G. W. M. Reynolds
1847: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë / The Macdermots Of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
1848: The Kellys And The O'Kellys by Anthony Trollope
1851: The Mother-In-Law; or, The Isle Of Rays by E.D.E.N. Southworth
1857: The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope
1859: The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden
1860: The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden
1869: He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
1873: Had You Been In His Place by Lizzie Bates
1877: Elsie's Children by Martha Finley
1880: The Duke's Children: First Complete Edition by Anthony Trollope / Elsie's Widowhood by Martha Finley
1881: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen / The Beautiful Wretch by William Black
1882: Grandmother Elsie by Martha Finley
1883: Elsie's New Relations by Martha Finley
1884: Elsie At Nantucket by Martha Finley
1885: The Two Elsies by Martha Finley
1894: Martin Hewitt, Investigator by Arthur Morrison / The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
1896: The Island Of Dr Moreau by H. G. Wells
1897: Penelope's Progress by Kate Douglas Wiggin
1898: A Man From The North by Arnold Bennett / The Lust Of Hate by Guy Newell Boothby
1899: Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green / Dr Nikola's Experiment by Guy Newell Boothby
1900: The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Edited: Aug 14, 10:05pm Top

Timeline of detective fiction:

Things As They Are; or, The Adventures Of Caleb Williams by William Godwin (1794)
Mademoiselle de Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1819); Tales Of Hoffmann (1982)
Richmond: Scenes In The Life Of A Bow Street Officer by Anonymous (1827)
Memoirs Of Vidocq by Eugene Francois Vidocq (1828)
Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac (1835)
Passages In The Secret History Of An Irish Countess by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1838); The Purcell Papers (1880)
The Murders In The Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (1841, 1842, 1845)

The Mysteries Of Paris by Eugene Sue (1842 - 1843)
The Mysteries Of London - Paul Feval (1844)
The Mysteries Of London - George Reynolds (1844 - 1848)
The Mysteries Of The Court Of London - George Reynolds (1848 - 1856)
John Devil by Paul Feval (1861)

Early detective novels:
Recollections Of A Detective Police-Officer by "Waters" (William Russell) (1856)
The Widow Lerouge by Emile Gaboriau (1866)
Under Lock And Key by T. W. Speight (1869)
Checkmate by J. Sheridan LeFanu (1871)
Is He The Man? by William Clark Russell (1876)
Devlin The Barber by B. J. Farjeon (1888)
Mr Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard (1888)
The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume (1889)
The Queen Anne's Gate Mystery by Richard Arkwright (1889)
The Ivory Queen by Norman Hurst (1889) (Check Julius H. Hurst 1899)
The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill (1892)

Female detectives:
The Diary Of Anne Rodway by Wilkie Collins (1856)
Ruth The Betrayer; or, The Female Spy by Edward Ellis (!862-1863)
The Female Detective by Andrew Forrester (1864)
Revelations Of A Lady Detective by William Stephens Hayward (1864)
The Law And The Lady by Wilkie Collins (1875)
Madeline Payne; or, The Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch (Emma Murdoch Van Deventer) (1884)
Mr Bazalgette's Agent by Leonard Merrick (1888)
Moina; or, Against The Mighty by Lawrence L. Lynch (Emma Murdoch Van Deventer) (sequel to Madeline Payne?) (1891)
The Experiences Of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa Pirkis (1893)
When The Sea Gives Up Its Dead by Elizaberth Burgoyne Corbett (Mrs George Corbett)
Dorcas Dene, Detective by George Sims (1897)
- Amelia Butterworth series by Anna Katharine Grant (1897 - 1900)
Hagar Of The Pawn-Shop by Fergus Hume (1898)
The Adventures Of A Lady Pearl-Broker by Beatrice Heron-Maxwell (1899)
Miss Cayley's Adventures by Grant Allan (1899)
Hilda Wade by Grant Allan (1900)
Dora Myrl, The Lady Detective by M. McDonnel Bodkin (1900)
The Investigators by J. S. Fletcher (1902)
Lady Molly Of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy (1910)
Constance Dunlap, Woman Detective by Arthur B. Reeve (1913)

Related mainstream works:
Adventures Of Susan Hopley by Catherine Crowe (1841)
Men And Women; or, Manorial Rights by Catherine Crowe (1843)
Hargrave by Frances Trollope (1843)
Clement Lorimer by Angus Reach (1849)

True crime:
Clues: or, Leaves from a Chief Constable's Note Book by Sir William Henderson (1889)
Dreadful Deeds And Awful Murders by Joan Lock

Edited: Aug 14, 10:10pm Top

Series and sequels, 1866 - 1919:

(1866 - 1876) **Emile Gaboriau - Monsieur Lecoq - The Widow Lerouge (1/6) {ManyBooks}
(1867 - 1905) **Martha Finley - Elsie Dinsmore - Elsie's Kith And Kin (12/28) {Project Gutenberg}
(1867 - 1872) **George MacDonald - The Seaboard Parish - Annals Of A Quiet Neighbourhood (1/3) {ManyBooks}
(1878 - 1917) **Anna Katharine Green - Ebenezer Gryce - The Mystery Of The Hasty Arrow (13/13) {Project Gutenberg}
(1896 - 1909) **Melville Davisson Post - Randolph Mason - The Corrector Of Destinies (3/3) {Internet Archive}
(1893 - 1915) **Kate Douglas Wiggins - Penelope - Penelope's Postscripts (4/4) {Project Gutenberg}
(1894 - 1898) **Anthony Hope - Ruritania - Rupert Of Hentzau (3/3) {Project Gutenberg}
(1894 - 1903) **Arthur Morrison - Martin Hewitt - Chronicles Of Martin Hewitt (2/4) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1895 - 1901) **Guy Newell Boothby - Dr Nikola - Farewell, Nikola (5/5) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1897 - 1900) **Anna Katharine Green - Amelia Butterworth - The Circular Study (3/3) {Project Gutenberg}
(1898 - 1918) **Arnold Bennett - Five Towns - Anna Of The Five Towns (2/11) {Sutherland Library}
(1899 - 1917) **Anna Katharine Green - Caleb Sweetwater - The Mystery Of The Hasty Arrow (7/7) {Project Gutenberg}
(1899 - 1909) **E. W. Hornung - Raffles - Mr Justice Raffles (4/4) {Project Gutenberg}
(1900 - 1974) Ernest Bramah - Kai Lung - Kai Lung: Six / Kai Lung Raises His Voice (7/7) {Kindle}

(1901 - 1919) **Carolyn Wells - Patty Fairfield - Patty's Social Season (11/17) {Project Gutenberg}
(1901 - 1927) **George Barr McCutcheon - Graustark - Beverly Of Graustark (2/6) {Project Gutenberg}
(1903 - 1904) **Louis Tracy - Reginald Brett - The Albert Gate Mystery (2/2) {ManyBooks}
(1905 - 1925) **Baroness Orczy - The Old Man In The Corner - Unravelled Knots (3/3) {Project Gutenberg Australia}}
(1905 - 1928) **Edgar Wallace - The Just Men - Again The Three Just Men (6/6) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1906 - 1930) **John Galsworthy - The Forsyte Saga - To Let (5/11) {Project Gutenberg}
(1907 - 1912) **Carolyn Wells - Marjorie - Marjorie's Vacation (1/6) {ManyBooks}
(1907 - 1942) R. Austin Freeman - Dr John Thorndyke - The Jacob Street Mystery (26/26) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1907 - 1941) *Maurice Leblanc - Arsene Lupin - The Hollow Needle (3/21) {ManyBooks}
(1908 - 1924) **Margaret Penrose - Dorothy Dale - Dorothy Dale: A Girl Of Today (1/13) {ManyBooks}
(1909 - 1942) *Carolyn Wells - Fleming Stone - The Daughter Of The House (19/49) {expensive}
(1909 - 1929) *J. S. Fletcher - Inspector Skarratt - Marchester Royal (1/3) {Kindle}
(1909 - 1912) **Emerson Hough - Western Trilogy - 54-40 Or Fight (1/3) {Project Gutenberg}
(1910 - 1936) *Arthur B. Reeve - Craig Kennedy - The Adventuress (10/24) {ILL}
(1910 - 1946) A. E. W. Mason - Inspector Hanaud - The House In Lordship Lane (7/7) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1910 - 1917) ***Edgar Wallace - Inspector Smith - Kate Plus Ten (3/3) {Project Gutenberg Australia}
(1910 - 1930) **Edgar Wallace - Inspector Elk - The Joker (3/6?) {ManyBooks}
(1910 - 1932) *Thomas, Mary and Hazel Hanshew - Cleek - The Amber Junk (9/12) {AbeBooks}
(1910 - 1918) **John McIntyre - Ashton-Kirk - Ashton-Kirk: Criminologist (4/4) {Project Gutenberg}
(1910 - 1931) Grace S. Richmond - Red Pepper Burns - Red Pepper Returns (6/6) {Internet Archive}
(1910 - 1933) Jeffery Farnol - The Vibarts - The Way Beyond (3/3) {Fisher Library storage / fadedpage.com}
(1910 - 1928) **Louis Tracy - Winter and Furneaux - The de Bercy Affair (1/9) / The Postmaster's Daughter (5/9) {Project Gutenberg}

(1911 - 1935) G. K. Chesterton - Father Brown - The Scandal Of Father Brown (5/5) {branch transfer}
(1911 - 1937) Mary Roberts Rinehart - Letitia Carberry - Tish Marches On (5/5) {Kindle}
(1911 - 1919) **Alfred Bishop Mason - Tom Strong - Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout (5/5) {Project Gutenberg}
(1911 - 1940) *Bertram Atkey - Smiler Bunn - The Smiler Bunn Brigade (2/10) {rare, expensive}
(1912 - 1919) **Gordon Holmes (Louis Tracy) - Steingall and Clancy - The Bartlett Mystery (3/3) {ManyBooks}
(1913 - 1934) *Alice B. Emerson - Ruth Fielding - Ruth Fielding In The Far North (20/30) {expensive}
(1913 - 1973) Sax Rohmer - Fu-Manchu - The Bride Of Fu-Manchu (6/14) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1913 - 1952) *Jeffery Farnol - Jasper Shrig - The High Adventure (4/9) {State Library NSW, JFR / Rare Books}
(1914 - 1950) Mary Roberts Rinehart - Hilda Adams - Episode Of The Wandering Knife (5/5) Better World Books}
(1914 - 1934) Ernest Bramah - Max Carrados - The Bravo Of London (5/5) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1916 - 1941) John Buchan - Edward Leithen - Sick Heart River (5/5) {Fisher Library}
(1915 - 1936) *John Buchan - Richard Hannay - The Thirty-Nine Steps (1/5) {Fisher Library / Project Gutenberg / branch transfer / Kindle}
(1915 - 1923) **Booth Tarkington - Growth - The Magnificent Ambersons (2/3) {Project Gutenberg / Fisher Library / Kindle}
(1916 - 1917) **Carolyn Wells - Alan Ford - Faulkner's Folly (2/2) {owned}
(1916 - 1927) **Natalie Sumner Lincoln - Inspector Mitchell - The Nameless Man (2/10) {AbeBooks}
(1916 - 1917) **Nevil Monroe Hopkins - Mason Brant - The Strange Cases Of Mason Brant (1/2) {Coachwhip Books}
(1917 - 1929) **Henry Handel Richardson - Dr Richard Mahony - Australia Felix (1/3) {Fisher Library / Kindle}
(1918 - 1923) **Carolyn Wells - Pennington Wise - The Come Back (4/8) {Project Gutenberg}
(1918 - 1939) Valentine Williams - The Okewood Brothers - The Gold Comfit Box (6/?) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1918 - 1944) Valentine Williams - Clubfoot - The Gold Comfit Box (6/8) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1918 - 1950) *Wyndham Martyn - Anthony Trent - The Mysterious Mr Garland (3/26) {CARM}
(1919 - 1966) *Lee Thayer - Peter Clancy - The Key (6/60) {expensive / Rare Books}
(1919 - 1921) **Octavus Roy Cohen - David Carroll - The Crimson Alibi (1/3) {Rare Books / HathiTrust}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Sep 6, 6:14pm Top

Series and sequels, 1920 - 1927:

(1920 - 1939) E. F. Benson - Mapp And Lucia - Trouble For Lucia (6/6)
(1920 - 1948) *H. C. Bailey - Reggie Fortune - Case For Mr Fortune (7/23) {State Library NSW, JFR}
(1920 - 1952) William McFee - Spenlove - The Adopted - (7/7)
(1920 - 1932) *Alice B. Emerson - Betty Gordon - Betty Gordon At Bramble Farm (1/15) {ManyBooks}
(1920 - 1975) Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot - Third Girl (34/39) {owned}
(1920 - 1921) **Natalie Sumner Lincoln - Ferguson - The Unseen Ear (2/2)
(1920 - 1937) *H. C. McNeile - Bulldog Drummond - Bull-Dog Drummond (1/10 - series continued) {Project Gutenberg / Fisher storage}

(1921 - 1929) **Charles J. Dutton - John Bartley - Streaked With Crimson (9/9)
(1921 - 1925) **Herman Landon - The Gray Phantom - Gray Magic (5/5)

(1922 - 1973) Agatha Christie - Tommy and Tuppence - By The Pricking Of My Thumbs (4/5) {owned}
(1922 - 1927) *Alice MacGowan and Perry Newberry - Jerry Boyne - The Seventh Passenger (4/5) {Amazon}
(1922 - 1931) Valentine Williams - Inspector Manderton - Death Answers The Bell (4/4)
(1922 - 1961) Mark Cross ("Valentine", aka Archibald Thomas Pechey) - Daphne Wrayne and her Four Adjusters - The Adjusters (1/53) {rare, expensive}

(1923 - 1937) Dorothy L. Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey - In The Teeth Of The Evidence (14/14) {interlibrary loan}
(1923 - 1924) **Carolyn Wells - Lorimer Lane - The Fourteenth Key (2/2) {eBay}
(1923 - 1931) *Agnes Miller - The Linger-Nots - The Linger-Nots And The Secret Maze (5/5) {unavailable}
(1923 - 1927) Annie Haynes - Inspector Furnival - The Crow's Inn Tragedy (3/3)

(1924 - 1959) Philip MacDonald - Colonel Anthony Gethryn - Persons Unknown (aka "The Maze") (5/24) {State Library NSW, JFR / Kindle / interlibrary loan}
(1924 - 1957) *Freeman Wills Crofts - Inspector French - The Sea Mystery (4/30) {Rare Books / State Library NSW, JFR / ILL / Kindle}
(1924 - 1935) * / ***Francis D. Grierson - Inspector Sims and Professor Wells - The Smiling Death (6/13) {AbeBooks, expensive}
(1924 - 1940) *Lynn Brock - Colonel Gore - The Dagwort Coombe Murder (5/12) {Kindle}
(1924 - 1933) *Herbert Adams - Jimmie Haswell - The Crooked Lip (2/9) {Rare Books}
(1924 - 1944) *A. Fielding - Inspector Pointer - The Charteris Mystery (2/23) {AbeBooks / Rare Books / Kindle, Resurrected Press}
(1924 - 1928) **Ford Madox Ford - Parade's End - No More Parades (2/4) {ebook}
(1924 - 1936) *Hulbert Footner - Madame Storey - Easy To Kill (7/14) {Roy Glashan's Library}

(1925 - 1961) ***John Rhode - Dr Priestley - Death In The Hopfields (25/72) {HathiTrust / State Library NSW, held}
(1925 - 1953) *G. D. H. Cole / M. Cole - Superintendent Wilson - Poison In A Garden Suburb (6/?) {State Library NSW, JFR}
(1925 - 1932) Earl Derr Biggers - Charlie Chan - Keeper Of The Keys (6/6)
(1925 - 1944) Agatha Christie - Superintendent Battle - Towards Zero (5/5)
(1925 - 1934) *Anthony Berkeley - Roger Sheringham - The Second Shot (6/10) {academic loan / Rare Books}
(1925 - 1950) *Anthony Wynne (Robert McNair Wilson) - Dr Eustace Hailey - The Double-Thirteen Mystery (2/27) (aka "The Double Thirteen") {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1925 - 1939) *Charles Barry (Charles Bryson) - Inspector Lawrence Gilmartin - The Smaller Penny (1/15) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1925 - 1929) **Will Scott - Will Disher - Disher--Detective (aka "The Black Stamp") (1/3) {AbeBooks, expensive}
(1925 - 1927) **Francis Beeding - Professor Kreutzemark - The Seven Sleepers (1/2) {Roy Glashan's Library / State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}

(1926 - 1968) * / ***Christopher Bush - Ludovic Travers - Murder At Fenwold (3/63) {Rare Books}
(1926 - 1939) *S. S. Van Dine - Philo Vance - The Kennel Murder Case (6/12) {fadedpage.com}
(1926 - 1952) *J. Jefferson Farjeon - Ben the Tramp - Murderer's Trail (3/8) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1926 - ????) *G. D. H. Cole / M. Cole - Everard Blatchington - Burglars In Bucks (aka "The Berkshire Mystery") (2/6) {Fisher Library}
(1926 - 1936) *Margery Lawrence - The Round Table - Nights Of The Round Table (1/2) {Kindle}
(1926 - ????) *Arthur Gask - Gilbert Larose - The Dark Highway (2/27) {University of Adelaide / Project Gutenberg Australia}
(1926 - 1931) *Aidan de Brune - Dr Night - Dr Night (1/3) {Roy Glashan's Library}

(1927 - 1933) *Herman Landon - The Picaroon - The Picaroon Does Justice (2/7) {Book Searchers / CARM}
(1927 - 1932) *Anthony Armstrong - Jimmie Rezaire - The Trail Of The Lotto (3/5) {AbeBooks}
(1927 - 1937) *Ronald Knox - Miles Bredon - The Body In The Silo (3/5) {Kindle / Rare Books}
(1927 - 1958) *Brian Flynn - Anthony Bathurst - The Five Red Fingers (5/54) {expensive}}
(1927 - 1947) *J. J. Connington - Sir Clinton Driffield - Tragedy At Ravensthorpe (2/17) {Murder Room ebook / Kindle}
(1927 - 1935) *Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Malleson) - Scott Egerton - Mystery Of The Open Window (4/10) {expensive}
(1927 - 1932) *William Morton (aka William Blair Morton Ferguson) - Daniel "Biff" Corrigan - Masquerade (1/4) {expensive}
(1927 - 1929) **George Dilnot - Inspector Strickland - The Crooks' Game (1/2) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1927 - 1960) **Mazo de la Roche - Jalna - Jalna (1/16) {State Library NSW, JFR / fadedpage.com}
(1927 - 1949) **Dornford Yates - Richard Chandos - Perishable Goods (2/8) {State Library, JFR / Kindle}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Sep 21, 7:06pm Top

Series and sequels, 1928 - 1930:

(1928 - 1961) Patricia Wentworth - Miss Silver - Through The Wall (18/33) {fadedpage.com}
(1928 - 1936) *Gavin Holt - Luther Bastion - The Garden Of Silent Beasts (5/17) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1928 - ????) Trygve Lund - Weston of the Royal North-West Mounted Police - The Vanished Prospector (6/9) {AbeBooks}
(1928 - 1936) *Kay Cleaver Strahan - Lynn MacDonald - October House (4/7) {AbeBooks}
(1928 - 1937) *John Alexander Ferguson - Francis McNab - Murder On The Marsh (2/5) {Internet Archive / Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}
(1928 - 1960) *Cecil Freeman Gregg - Inspector Higgins - The Murdered Manservant (aka "The Body In The Safe") (1/35) {rare, expensive}
(1928 - 1959) *John Gordon Brandon - Inspector Patrick Aloysius McCarthy - The Black Joss (2/53) {State Library NSW, held}
(1928 - 1935) *Roland Daniel - Wu Fang / Inspector Saville - Wu Fang (2/6) {expensive}
(1928 - 1946) *Francis Beeding - Alistair Granby - Pretty Sinister (2/18) {academic loan}
(1928 - 1930) **Annie Haynes - Inspector Stoddart - The Crystal Beads Murder (4/4) {Project Gutenberg Australia / Kindle / mobilereads}
(1928 - 1930) **Elsa Barker - Dexter Drake and Paul Howard - The Cobra Candlestick (aka "The Cobra Shaped Candlestick") (1/3) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1928 - ????) Adam Broome - Denzil Grigson - Crowner's Quest (2/?) {AbeBooks / eBay}

(1929 - 1947) Margery Allingham - Albert Campion - The Case Of The Late Pig (8/35) {interlibrary loan / Kindle / fadedpage.com}
(1929 - 1984) Gladys Mitchell - Mrs Bradley - The Devil At Saxon Wall (6/67) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1929 - 1937) Patricia Wentworth - Benbow Smith - Down Under (4/4) {Kindle}
(1929 - ????) Mignon Eberhart - Nurse Sarah Keate - Dead Yesterday And Other Stories (6/8) (NB: multiple Eberhart characters) {expensive / limited edition} / Wolf In Man's Clothing (7/8) {Rare Books / Kindle}
(1929 - ????) ***Moray Dalton - Inspector Collier - ???? (3/?) - Death In The Cup {unavailable}, The Wife Of Baal {unavailable}
(1929 - ????) * / ***Charles Reed Jones - Leighton Swift - The King Murder (1/?) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1931) Carolyn Wells - Kenneth Carlisle - The Skeleton At The Feast (3/3) {Kindle}
(1929 - 1967) *George Goodchild - Inspector McLean - McLean Of Scotland Yard (1/65) {State Library NSW, held}
(1929 - 1979) *Leonard Gribble - Anthony Slade - The Case Of The Marsden Rubies (1/33) {AbeBooks / Rare Books / re-check Kindle}
(1929 - 1932) *E. R. Punshon - Carter and Bell - The Unexpected Legacy (1/5) {expensive, omnibus / Rare Books}
(1929 - 1971) *Ellery Queen - Ellery Queen - The Roman Hat Mystery (1/40) {interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1966) *Arthur Upfield - Bony - Wings Above The Diamantina (3/29) {Fisher Library}
(1929 - 1931) *Ernest Raymond - Once In England - A Family That Was (1/3) {State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1937) *Anthony Berkeley - Ambrose Chitterwick - The Piccadilly Murder (2/3) {interlibrary loan}
(1929 - 1940) *Jean Lilly - DA Bruce Perkins - The Seven Sisters (1/3) {AbeBooks / expensive shipping}
(1929 - 1935) *N. A. Temple-Ellis (Nevile Holdaway) - Montrose Arbuthnot - The Inconsistent Villains (1/4) {AbeBooks / expensive shipping}
(1929 - 1943) *Gret Lane - Kate Clare Marsh and Inspector Barrin - The Cancelled Score Mystery (1/9) {Kindle}
(1929 - 1961) *Henry Holt - Inspector Silver - The Mayfair Mystery (aka "The Mayfair Murder") (1/16) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1930) *J. J. Connington - Superintendent Ross - The Eye In The Museum (1/2) {Kindle}
(1929 - 1941) *H. Maynard Smith - Inspector Frost - Inspector Frost's Jigsaw (1/7) {AbeBooks, omnibus}
(1929 - ????) *Armstrong Livingston - Jimmy Traynor - The Doublecross (1/?) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1932) Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson - Sir John Saumarez - Re-Enter Sir John (3/3) {Fisher Library storage}
(1929 - 1940) *Rufus King - Lieutenant Valcour - Murder By The Clock (1/11) {AbeBooks, omnibus / Kindle}
(1929 - 1933) *Will Levinrew (Will Levine) - Professor Brierly - For Sale - Murder (4/5) {AbeBooks}
(1929 - 1932) *Nancy Barr Mavity - Peter Piper - The Body On The Floor (1/5) {AbeBooks / Rare Books / State Library NSW, held}
(1929 - 1934) *Charles J. Dutton - Professor Harley Manners - The Shadow Of Evil (2/6) {expensive}
(1929 - 1932) *Thomas Cobb - Inspector Bedison - Inspector Bedison And The Sunderland Case (2/4) {unavailable?}

(1930 - ????) ***Moray Dalton - Hermann Glide - ???? (3/?) {see above}
(1930 - 1932) Hugh Walpole - The Herries Chronicles - Vanessa (4/4) {Fisher Library storage}
(1930 - 1932) Faith Baldwin - The Girls Of Divine Corners - Myra: A Story Of Divine Corners (4/4) {owned}
(1930 - 1960) ***Miles Burton - Desmond Merrion - The Platinum Cat (17/57) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1960) ***Miles Burton - Inspector Henry Arnold - The Platinum Cat (18/57) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1933) ***Roger Scarlett - Inspector Kane - In The First Degree (5/5) {unavailable}
(1930 - 1941) *Harriette Ashbrook - Philip "Spike" Tracy - The Murder Of Sigurd Sharon (3/7) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1943) Anthony Abbot - Thatcher Colt - About The Murder Of The Night Club Lady (3/8) {AbeBooks / serialised}
(1930 - ????) ***David Sharp - Professor Fielding - I, The Criminal (4/?) {unavailable?}
(1930 - 1950) *H. C. Bailey - Josiah Clunk - Garstons (aka The Garston Murder Case) (1/11) {HathiTrust}
(1930 - 1968) *Francis Van Wyck Mason - Hugh North - The Vesper Service Murders (2/41) {Kindle}
(1930 - 1976) *Agatha Christie - Miss Jane Marple - Nemesis (13/13) {owned}
(1930 - ????) Anne Austin - James "Bonnie" Dundee - Murdered But Not Dead (5/5) {Kindle}
(1930 - 1950) *Leslie Ford (as David Frome) - Mr Pinkerton and Inspector Bull - The Hammersmith Murders (1/11) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1930 - 1935) *"Diplomat" (John Franklin Carter) - Dennis Tyler - Murder In The State Department (1/7) {Amazon / Abebooks}
(1930 - 1962) *Helen Reilly - Inspector Christopher McKee - The Diamond Feather (1/31) {Rare Books}
(1930 - 1933) *Mary Plum - John Smith - The Killing Of Judge MacFarlane (1/4) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1930 - 1945) *Hulbert Footner - Amos Lee Mappin - The Mystery Of The Folded Paper (aka The Folded Paper Mystery (1/10) {mobilereads / omnibus}
(1930 - 1940) *E. M. Delafield - The Provincial Lady - The Provincial Lady In Wartime (4/4) {Fisher Library}
(1930 - 1933) *Monte Barrett - Peter Cardigan - The Pelham Murder Case (1/3) {Amazon}
(1930 - 1931) Vernon Loder - Inspector Brews - Death Of An Editor (2/2) {Kindle}
(1930 - 1931) *Roland Daniel - John Hopkins - The Rosario Murder Case (1/2) {unavailable?}

*** Incompletely available series
** Series complete pre-1931
* Present status pre-1931

Edited: Sep 4, 5:41pm Top

Series and sequels, 1931 - 1955:

(1931 - 1940) Bruce Graeme - Superintendent Stevens and Pierre Allain - Satan's Mistress (4/8) {expensive}
(1931 - 1951) Phoebe Atwood Taylor - Asey Mayo - Sandbar Sinister (5/24) {AbeBooks, expensive}
(1931 - 1955) Stuart Palmer - Hildegarde Withers - Murder On The Blackboard (3/18) {Kindle}
(1931 - 1951) Olive Higgins Prouty - The Vale Novels - Fabia (5/5)
(1931 - 1933) Sydney Fowler - Inspector Cleveland - Arresting Delia (4/4)
(1931 - 1934) J. H. Wallis - Inspector Wilton Jacks - The Capital City Mystery (2/6) {Rare Books}
(1931 - ????) Paul McGuire - Inspector Cummings - Daylight Murder (aka "Murder At High Noon") (3/5) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1931 - 1937) Carlton Dawe - Leathermouth - The Sign Of The Glove (2/13) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held}
(1931 - 1947) R. L. Goldman - Asaph Clume and Rufus Reed - Murder Without Motive (2/6) {Wildside Press}
(1931 - 1959) E. C. R. Lorac (Edith Caroline Rivett) - Inspector Robert Macdonald - The Murder On The Burrows (1/46) {rare, expensive}
(1931 - 1935) Clifton Robbins - Clay Harrison - Methylated Murder (5/5)
(1931 - 1972) Georges Simenon - Inspector Maigret - La Guinguette à Deux Sous (11/75) {ILL}
(1931 - 1934) T. S. Stribling - The Vaiden Trilogy - The Store (2/3) {Internet Archive / academic loan / State Library, held}
(1931 - 1935) Pearl S. Buck - The House Of Earth - A House Divided (3/3)
(1931 - 1942) R. A. J. Walling - Garstang - The Stroke Of One (1/3) {Amazon}
(1931 - ????) Francis Bonnamy (Audrey Boyers Walz) - Peter Utley Shane - Death By Appointment (1/8) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1931 - 1937) J. S. Fletcher - Ronald Camberwell - Murder In The Squire's Pew (3/11) {Kindle / State Library NSW, held}
(1931 - 1933) Edwin Dial Torgerson - Sergeant Pierre Montigny - The Murderer Returns (1/2) {Rare Books)
(1931 - 1933) Molly Thynne - Dr Constantine and Inspector Arkwright - Death In The Dentist's Chair (2/3) {Kindle}
(1931 - 1935) Valentine Williams - Sergeant Trevor Dene - The Clock Ticks On (2/4) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1931 - 1942) Patricia Wentworth - Frank Garrett - Pursuit Of A Parcel (5/5) {Kindle}

(1932 - 1954) Sydney Fowler - Inspector Cambridge and Mr Jellipot - The Bell Street Murders (1/11) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1932 - 1935) Murray Thomas - Inspector Wilkins - Buzzards Pick The Bones (1/3) {AbeBooks, expensive}
(1932 - ????) R. A. J. Walling - Philip Tolefree - Prove It, Mr Tolefree (aka The Tolliver Case) (3/22) {AbeBooks}
(1932 - 1962) T. Arthur Plummer - Detective-Inspector Andrew Frampton - Shadowed By The C. I. D. (1/50) {unavailable?}
(1932 - 1936) John Victor Turner - Amos Petrie - Death Must Have Laughed (1/7) {Rare Books}
(1932 - 1944) Nicholas Brady (John Victor Turner) - Ebenezer Buckle - The House Of Strange Guests (1/4) {Kindle}
(1932 - 1932) Lizette M. Edholm - The Merriweather Girls - The Merriweather Girls At Good Old Rockhill (4/4) {HathiTrust}
(1932 - 1933) Barnaby Ross (aka Ellery Queen) - Drury Lane - Drury Lane's Last Case (4/4) {AbeBooks}
(1932 - 1952) D. E. Stevenson - Mrs Tim - Mrs Tim Flies Home (5/5) {interlibrary loan}
(1932 - ????) Richard Essex (Richard Harry Starr) - Jack Slade - Slade Of The Yard (1/?) {AbeBooks}
(1932 - 1933) Gerard Fairlie - Mr Malcolm - Shot In The Dark (1/3) (State Library NSW, held}
(1932 - 1934) Paul McGuire - Inspector Fillinger - The Tower Mystery (aka Death Tolls The Bell) (1/5) {Rare Books / State Library, held}
(1932 - 1946) Roland Daniel - Inspector Pearson - The Crackswoman (1/6) {unavailable?}
(1932 - 1951) Sydney Horler - Tiger Standish - Tiger Standish (1/11) {Rare Books}

(1933 - 1959) John Gordon Brandon - Arthur Stukeley Pennington - West End! (1/?) {AbeBooks / State Library, held}
(1933 - 1940) Lilian Garis - Carol Duncan - The Ghost Of Melody Lane (1/9) {AbeBooks}
(1933 - 1934) Peter Hunt (George Worthing Yates and Charles Hunt Marshall) - Allan Miller - Murders At Scandal House (1/3) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1933 - 1968) John Dickson Carr - Gideon Fell - Hag's Nook (1/23) {Better World Books / State Library NSW, interlibrary loan}
(1933 - 1939) Gregory Dean - Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Simon - The Case Of Marie Corwin (1/3) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1933 - 1956) E. R. Punshon - Detective-Sergeant Bobby Owen - Information Received (1/35) {academic loan / State Library NSW, held / Rare Books}
(1933 - 1970) Dennis Wheatley - Duke de Richlieu - The Forbidden Territory (1/11) {Fisher Library}
(1933 - 1934) Jackson Gregory - Paul Savoy - A Case For Mr Paul Savoy (1/3) {AbeBooks / Rare Books}
(1933 - 1957) John Creasey - Department Z - The Death Miser (1/28) {State Library NSW, held}
(1933 - 1940) Bruce Graeme - Superintendent Stevens - Body Unknown (2/2) {expensive}
(1933 - 1952) Wyndham Martyn - Christopher Bond - Christopher Bond, Adventurer (1/8) {rare}
(1934 - 1936) Storm Jameson - The Mirror In Darkness - Company Parade (1/3) {Fisher Library}
(1934 - 1949) Richard Goyne - Paul Templeton - Strange Motives (1/13) {unavailable?}
(1934 - 1941) N. A. Temple-Ellis (Nevile Holdaway) - Inspector Wren - Three Went In (1/3) {unavailable?}
(1934 - 1953) Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr) - Sir Henry Merivale - The Plague Court Murders (1/22) {Fisher Library}
(1934 - 1968) Dennis Wheatley - Gregory Sallust - Black August (1/11) {interlibrary loan / omnibus}
(1934 - 1953) Leslie Ford (Zenith Jones Brown) - Colonel Primrose - The Strangled Witness (1/17) {Rare Books}
(1934 - 1975) Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe - Fer-de-Lance (1/?) {Rare Books / State Library NSW, JFR / Kindle}
(1935 - 1939) Francis Beeding - Inspector George Martin - The Norwich Victims (1/3) {AbeBooks / Book Depository / State Library NSW, held}
(1935 - 1976) Nigel Morland - Palmyra Pym - The Moon Murders (1/28) {State Library NSW, held}
(1935 - 1941) Clyde Clason - Professor Theocritus Lucius Westborough - The Fifth Tumbler (1/10) {unavailable?}
(1935 - ????) G. D. H. Cole / M. Cole - Dr Tancred - Dr Tancred Begins (1/?) (AbeBooks, expensive / State Library NSW, held / Rare Books}
(1935 - ????) George Harmon Coxe - Kent Murdock - Murder With Pictures (1/22) {AbeBooks}
(1935 - 1959) Kathleen Moore Knight - Elisha Macomber - Death Blew Out The Match (1/16) {AbeBooks / Amazon}
(1936 - 1974) Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Malleson) - Arthur Crook - Murder By Experts (1/51) {interlibrary loan}
(1936 - 1952) Helen Dore Boylston - Sue Barton - Sue Barton, Student Nurse (1/7) {interlibrary loan}
(1936 - 1940) George Bell Dyer - The Catalyst Club - The Catalyst Club (1/3) {AbeBooks}
(1936 - 1956) Theodora Du Bois - Anne and Jeffrey McNeil - Armed With A New Terror (1/19) {unavailable?}
(1937 - 1953) Leslie Ford (Zenith Jones Brown) - Grace Latham - Ill Met By Moonlight (1/16){Kindle}
(1938 - 1944) Zelda Popkin - Mary Carner - Death Wears A White Gardenia (1/6) {Kindle}
(1939 - 1942) Patricia Wentworth - Inspector Lamb - The Catherine-Wheel (10/?) {fadedpage.com}
(1939 - 1940) Clifton Robbins - George Staveley - Six Sign-Post Murder (1/2) {Biblio / rare}
(1940 - 1943) Bruce Graeme - Pierre Allain - The Corporal Died In Bed (1/3) {unavailable?}
(1941 - 1951) Bruce Graeme - Theodore I. Terhune - Seven Clues In Search Of A Crime (1/7) {unavailable?}
(1947 - 1974) Dennis Wheatley - Roger Brook - The Launching Of Roger Brook (1/12) {Fisher Library storage}
(1948 - 1971) E. V. Timms - The Gubbys - Forever To Remain (1/12) {Fisher Library / interlibrary loan}
(1953 - 1960) Dennis Wheatley - Molly Fountain and Colonel Verney - To The Devil A Daughter (1/2) {Fisher Library storage}
(1955 - 1956) D. E. Stevenson - The Ayrton Family - Summerhills (2/2) {interlibrary loan}
(1955 - 1991) Patricia Highsmith - Tom Ripley - Ripley Under Ground (2/5) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}
(1957 - 1993) Chester B. Himes - The Harlem Cycle - For Love Of Imabelle (aka "A Rage In Harlem") (1/9) {interlibrary loan / Kindle}

*** Incompletely available series

Edited: Aug 15, 1:36am Top

Unavailable series works:

John Rhode - Dr Priestley
The Hanging Woman (#11)

Moray Dalton - Inspector Collier {NB: some now available in Kindle}
>#3 onwards (to end of series)

Moray Dalton - Hermann Glide
>#3 onwards (to end of series)

Miles Burton - Desmond Merrion / Inspector Arnold
>everything from #2 - #11 inclusive

David Sharp - Professor Fielding
When No Man Pursueth (#1)

Francis D. Grierson - Inspector Sims and Professor Wells
The Double Thumb (#3) {expensive}

Roger Scarlett - Inspector Kane {NB: Now available in paperback, but expensive}
>#4 onwards (to end of series)

Tom Strong - Alfred Bishop Mason
Tom Strong, Boy-Captain (#2)
Tom Strong, Junior (#3)
Tom Strong, Third (#4)

Wu Fang - Roland Daniel
The Society Of The Spiders (#1)

The Linger-Nots - Agnes Miller
The Linger-Nots And The Secret Maze (#5)

Inspector Bedison - Thomas Cobb
Inspector Bedison And The Sunderland Case (#2)
Inspector Bedison Risks It (#3)
Who Closed The Casement? (#4)

Edited: Yesterday, 5:39pm Top

Books currently on loan:



Edited: Aug 20, 6:30pm Top

Reading projects:




Other projects:



Edited: Aug 15, 2:33am Top

Ruminations, etc.

WHY do things always go bung around here just when I have decided to start a new thread, hmm??


I feel a little at a loose end at the moment. My reading is ticking along (if not always my review-writing), and the most recent group read is coming to a close without even any plans for the next one!

Things have actually been a bit difficult in that respect, with people's commitments and situations making it difficult to have a real group project, which is unfortunate.

Hopefully things will sort themselves out going forward. In any event, though there has been no discussion at all so far, the next Trollope read should be his 1859 novel, The Bertrams. I do also have genuine intentions of getting back to the Virago Chronological Read Project proper; while Heather has expressed some interest in reading more of Charlotte Smith, after making a start with her Emmeline, The Orphan Of The Castle.

Challenge-wise, things are generally going well except for my need to gird my loins and just buy a copy of Turmoil At Brede. I have finally put a proper dent in The American Caravan, and have real hopes of finally getting it wrapped up. (Yes, I know I say that every thread; but this time I mean it!).

I am also getting disturbingly close to the end of my Agatha Christie challenge, enough so to begin pondering where on earth I go from there: it has been my companion for so long, I'll hardly know what to do without it!

Also, I have nearly made it through that shortlist of almost-completed series I posted a while back, which is pleasing.

I guess all that adds up to progress!

Edited: Aug 15, 2:33am Top

...and that will do (at last!).

Please come on in...

Aug 15, 3:55am Top

Happy new thread, Liz!
As to future group reads, I'm in if I can get them from the library, so a little notice is useful. The library claims to have a copy of The Bertrams, but it's made several such claims in the past and been found lacking.

Here's to lots of ticking off lists.

Aug 15, 7:25am Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 15, 8:44am Top

Happy New Thread, Liz!

I didn't know there was such a thing as box jellyfish, but that certainly is an intriguing photo of them swarming.

The end of your Agatha Christie challenge: she's one of my top authors for re-reads, so you could just start all over again. :-)

Aug 15, 2:00pm Top

I'm gonna miss Rainbow Lizard from your last thread topper, but the jellyfish picture is lovely.

I think you should consider doing a chronological read of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels once you've polished off Dame Agatha's oeuvre. They are perhaps my very favorite mystery series of all time.

Aug 15, 2:09pm Top

Happy new thread! Cool pic up top!

Edited: Aug 15, 6:46pm Top

>20 Helenliz:, >21 figsfromthistle:, >22 jnwelch:, >23 rosalita:, >24 drneutron:

Hi, Helen, Anita, Joe, Julia and Jim - thank you all for dropping in! :)

>20 Helenliz:

At the moment I'm still hoping that our stragglers will check in for The Three Clerks! I don't have any definite ideas about The Bertrams but it wouldn't be for a couple of months at least. If you have a preferred timeslot, please let me know.

Nothing beats the satisfaction of ticking something off a list! :D

>22 jnwelch:

They're actually quite dangerous and the photographer must have taken some risks to get his shot. But like him, I love the translucent light effects you get with jellyfish!

you could just start all over again

Oh, that's just sadistic! :D

>23 rosalita:

Maybe I'll upload Mr Lizard to my general photos and keep him around. :)

Noting with shame that the Nero Wolfe series isn't even on my lists yet! - his 1934 starting-date is all the excuse I can offer. I suspect I'll end up tackling some of the shorter or more gap-pluggy challenge options listed at the bottom of >7 lyzard: first, but when I feel up for another life-commitment...

Aug 15, 10:00pm Top

Perhaps Mr. Rainbow Lizard could be another marker for hitting a goal, a la the Messieurs Sloth, Marmoset, and Lemur?

Knocking off some of your shorter-term goals is a good idea. I'll be here to patiently nudge you about Nero now and again, don't worry. :-)

Edited: Aug 15, 10:49pm Top

>26 rosalita:

Ah, yes! - nice, I'll have to think about a proper occasion. Perhaps I could use him as a general header for completed challenge reading each month?

I'll be expecting your elbow... :D

Edited: Aug 15, 11:16pm Top

All your lists are daunting to me. Wowzers.

I note you are a mere 20 books ahead of my 72 reads so far. Better watch your back; I'm closing the gap fast.

Or not.

Aug 18, 11:58pm Top

Happy New List, Liz--er, new thread, I mean!

Aug 19, 12:53am Top

Happy new thread, Liz! BTW, I finally finished The King's General, and so have finally read your comments on it. I agree that the spoiler in the introduction to the Virago edition is in seriously bad form -- fortunately I didn't read from the Virago edition, and only found that detail in the postscript, precisely as I should have done. Sheesh, some people shouldn't be allowed to write introductions.

Aug 19, 7:03pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz!

Aug 20, 3:56am Top

Happy new thread, Liz.

>18 lyzard: I can associate with your comments, Liz. I do feel a bit of a disconnect this year. Maybe my personal life weighing me down a bit or just a little bit of thread fatigue!

Aug 20, 6:41pm Top

>28 weird_O:

Hi, Bill, thanks for visiting!

I think I'm the only one who needs to find my lists intimidating...

Come at me, bro! :D

>29 ronincats:

More list-jabbing?? You people are very hurtful... :D

Aug 20, 6:47pm Top

>30 swynn:

Thanks, Steve!

Oh, I know, it's outrageous! Whenever we're doing a group read, one of the baseline instructions I always give is, "Don't read the introduction until you've finished the book." But at least in the context of an OUP or other scholarly edition you're more or less forewarned: THAT comes out of blue and pretty much ruins the book, since it's impossible not to let it colour every aspect of the narrative.

Anyway, well done for ticking another of the list! I wish I could say that you're going to be rewarded for your progress, but... :D

(I just got done with another crusher...and there's yet another up ahead, although this time I doubt my complaint will be, "Too much religion"...!)

Edited: Aug 20, 6:52pm Top

>31 FAMeulstee:

Thanks, Anita!

>32 PaulCranswick:

Thanks, Paul! Yeah, it's all been a bit strange and fuzzy lately, but hopefully the end of winter will see things pick up.

Aug 20, 6:51pm Top

Finished The Cardinal for TIOLI #3.

Now reading Fabia by Olive Higgins Prouty.

Edited: Aug 21, 5:55pm Top

Well...there hasn't been much book-writing around here lately, which might give away the fact that there has been some film-writing instead.

I have posted a review of Fritz Lang's last silent film, Frau im Mond (Woman In The Moon). Made in 1929, this science fiction / adventure story contains the first cinematic attempt at a realistic depiction of space travel (realistic enough for the Nazis to pull the film from circulation, when they embarked on their rocket program):

Just to keep things a little more booky, the film was based upon a novel by Lang's screenwriter (and then-wife), Thea von Harbou:

Aug 22, 5:52pm Top

Finished Fabia for TIOLI #2...and also FINISHED A SERIES!!

To mark this occasion, we have a buffy-tufted marmoset, also known as buffy tufted-ear marmoset and a white-eared marmoset, which highlights the fact that the colour of this species' face, cap and ear-tufts do tend to range from white to caramel (or "buffy") to brown.

Hopefully the variation in colour in this example will distract from the fact that it took me nine years to read this five-book series...

Aug 22, 5:56pm Top

Dear me.

This was pasted on the inside back cover the back of my ILL copy of Olive Higgins Prouty's Fabia, which was published in 1952, started out at Broken Hill Library (in the far west of NSW), got moved on to Ryde Library (in Sydney), and finally ended up in the Joint Fiction Reserve storage facility run by the State Library.

Hopefully all previous readers paid attention to Point 4...

Aug 22, 6:23pm Top

My completion of Fabia also marks my completion of that shortlist of almost-finished series which I posted some time ago, and have been concentrating on wrapping up since: an occasion which deserves to be marked somehow, I think; perhaps with a reappearance of the fan-throated lizard that graced my previous thread.

Although--- While that was a great photograph, it perhaps did not convey the full splendour of this species, which has a trick that makes it more appropriate as a celebratory symbol:

Looking through my lists, I do not really have another such handful of potential series wrap-ups; although I do have a couple where I am two books off finishing, and several other cases which are really a book and its sequel, both unread. I may may these my focus going forward, although by definition there will be more time and effort involved...

...and therefore less marmosets.


Aug 22, 6:25pm Top


Now reading The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier.

Aug 22, 9:03pm Top

>38 lyzard: I never realized it until just now, but my goal in life is for someone — anyone! — to refer to me as "buffy-tufted". Must find a way to make this happen ...

>40 lyzard: Monsieur Lizard really knows how to celebrate finishing a series! Such a flashy fella he is. And I'm sorry to hear you've run out of low-hanging series fruit (which sounds like the perfect diet for a buffy-tufted marmoset, really) but we will patiently await the next appearance from our tufty little friend.

Aug 22, 9:26pm Top

>37 lyzard: Very interesting write-up, Liz! I've also seen the Kino version, which I found painfully long and silly. It hadn't occurred to me that this might have been film's first mad scientist; and the comparisons to Destination Moon were ones I hadn't considered.

Aug 23, 6:02pm Top

>42 rosalita:

It sounds like an insult from an old TV show: "YOU BUFFY-TUFTED BUNGLER!!"

low-hanging series fruit (which sounds like the perfect diet for a buffy-tufted marmoset, really)


Yes, I need to get more low-hanging series fruit into my diet...

>43 swynn:

Ooh, thanks for visiting!

Yes, the surrounding material is a trial; but my goodness, that central set-piece! What really struck mw is that I don't think Destination Moon really gives us anything more, 21 years later; it just does it in more detail, with more explanations.

There were arguably mad scientists from the very dawn of cinema; at least, there are quite a few scientists doing silly things that end in tears in the short films of Georges Méliès. There were also proto-models earlier in the feature-film era, but the first proper barking-mad scientist would be Rottwang in Metropolis; also Lang and von Harbou, whatever the significance of that. But Woman In The Moon gives us the first example of it placed in a real-world context where "mad" means "mental health issues".

Aug 24, 3:11am Top

Love the made-up creature again. >;-) And nice plumage, Mr Lizard, very flashy!

Aug 25, 5:07pm Top

You're just a sceptic. I bet you don't believe in the Easter bilby either. :D

Aug 28, 5:34pm Top

Finished The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan for TIOLI #13.

And another one---

This has been a rough month!

I don't know yet what I'm reading next. Right now I'm in that slightly stunned state that comes from finishing a grueling project. Something short and soothing, I should think; something that fits an empty TIOLI slot...

I shall ponder.

Aug 28, 5:58pm Top


The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan was for my C. K. Shorter 'Best 100 Novels' challenge---and while this is also feeding my 19th century 'Century And A Bit Of Reading' challenge, in that respect it's having the contradictory effect of taking me out of my comfort zone; in this case, from a piece of British Orientalism to an English translation of a 19th century Italian novel set in 17th century Milan:

#33: The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (1827)

Aug 28, 8:25pm Top

I'm glad you've resurfaced after reading all those chunksters, Liz. I was afraid perhaps you were trapped beneath an open book, unable to get out from under.

Edited: Aug 29, 5:32pm Top

>48 lyzard: When my son was married in Italy, the magistrate gave him this book at the wedding (in Italian, of course). Sort of a "Welcome to Italy" present. According to my daughter-in-law, it was required reading in most Milan high schools when she was in school (20 years ago).

Edited: Aug 29, 5:42pm Top

>49 rosalita:

I was! - and the fact that it was a pocket edition with thin paper and tiny font only makes it worse. :D

I tell you this: I've learned a whole new appreciation of editors lately...

>50 kac522:

Hi, Kathy!

A reference I saw while I was discovering it was next on my list calls it "the most famous and widely read novel in the Italian language", but I have to admit to not being at all familiar with it.

But it sounds like something I *should* know, so I guess my challenges are doing their job. :)

My academic library has a recent translation of it which should probably be my choice, but I admit I'm rather tempted by an edition from 1890 which it is apparently also willing to loan.

Aug 29, 5:41pm Top

Anyhoo---not quite what I meant in the first place, but---

Now reading The Social Life Of Fluids: Blood, Milk, And Water In The Victorian Novel by Jules David Law.

Aug 30, 10:19pm Top

>52 lyzard: Ooo...is it interesting? I love reading about all things Victorian.

Sep 1, 12:27am Top

>53 bohemima:

Hi, Gail!

I wouldn't recommend this one: it makes some interesting points but the writing is very jargon / obscure term heavy, which makes it a struggle to read.

Sep 1, 12:28am Top

Speaking of which---

Finished The Social Life Of Fluids for TIOLI #6.

Now reading The Eye In Attendance by Valentine Williams.

Sep 1, 12:33am Top

Both original cover images for The Eye In Attendance made me laugh; this is the American one

And this is the British one:

Note that this was one book before Valentine Williams decided that his Inspector Manderton series wasn't going anywhere. :D

Sep 1, 12:29pm Top

>56 lyzard: As usual, I prefer the British.

Sep 2, 5:28pm Top

>57 thornton37814:

Hi, Lori!

Having read on I don't think either of them are particularly appropriate; I see what they're doing with the British one but it seems an odd moment from the narrative to choose.

Sep 2, 5:29pm Top

Finished The Eye In Attendance for TIOLI #5.

Now reading Death Answers The Bell, also by Valentine Williams.

Sep 2, 6:03pm Top

And some more film-blogging; this time I got to tackle an old favourite. :)

Them! (1954)

Sep 2, 7:08pm Top

Oh my lord.

I saw this with my Dad and brother in the movies when I was a very small girl. Mother worked nights and Dad would occasionally take us to the movies at night.

He kind of got in trouble when he took us to see “I Was a Teenaged Werewolf” starring Michael Landon in the title role. I had nightmares for three solid weeks.

There was a lot of, “Why? Why, Robbie?” heard around the house for a while.

Sep 3, 6:20pm Top


That's another one I really need to get back to! I used to have shocking nightmares so I'm on your mother's side here; though to be fair to your father the strangest and/or mildest things could provoke it, so it was really hard to predict. :D

Sep 4, 12:51pm Top


“Them” didn’t bother me at all, but my older brother was just horrified by it. So Dad never knew what would happen. Mum got over it after a while, probably when I did.

On another note, I’m meandering through The Cardinal and seeing so many, many things I missed the first time around. And they’re not helping me enjoy it.

And just finished The Saltmarsh Murders and am very conflicted. I think Mitchell is coming into her own as a storyteller now, and Mrs. Bradley’s attitudes are fine. But the townspeople...oh dear.

Edited: Sep 4, 5:58pm Top

For a film of its time and type, 'Them!' has a few genuinely shocking moments.

And they’re not helping me enjoy it.

Uh, yeah. :(

I think The Saltmarsh Murders is Mitchell's response to the idea that there was anything "quaint" about English village life.

Edited: Sep 4, 6:06pm Top

Finished Death Answers The Bell for TIOLI #1...which means that I have FINISHED A SERIES!!

Unfortunately, it also means that I have started a series: this is an overlap work introducing Valentine Williams' new series character, Sergeant Trevor Dene.

For this rare situation, we have a rare marmoset (one for which few clear images are available); this is also where we move classification groups, from our tufted little friends of the Callithrix genus (the "Atlantic forest" marmosets) to the smooth-haired and sometimes strangely marked Mico genus, the "Amazonian" marmosets. This is the Rio Acari marmoset:

Sep 4, 6:08pm Top

Now reading The Shadow Of Death: The Hunt For A Serial Killer by Philip E. Ginsburg.

Sep 4, 8:17pm Top

>65 lyzard: Ay yi yi, Rio Acari is muy guapo!

Well done on finishing AND starting a series all with one book, Liz. You are such a multitasker. :-)

Sep 5, 1:39am Top

>65 lyzard: Someone's been in the chocolate jar and missed their mouth!
Well done on finishing a series - I'm going to celebrate that success and ignore the new series.

Sep 5, 6:14am Top

>68 Helenliz: Ha! That's exactly what he looks like, Helen! I knew it looked familiar but I couldn't quite place it.

Sep 6, 7:54pm Top

>67 rosalita:

Gracias! :D

Well...an accidental multitasker, anyway...

>68 Helenliz:


To me with that smooth coat and pointy tail he looks a bit like an otter.

Sep 6, 7:55pm Top

Finished The Shadow Of Death: The Hunt For A Serial Killer for TIOLI #3.

Now reading Thaddeus Of Warsaw by Jane Porter.

Sep 6, 8:18pm Top

>56 lyzard: Loved those billboard style book covers, Liz.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sep 8, 5:57pm Top

>72 PaulCranswick:

Thanks, Paul!

Two birds with one stone, I guess. :)

Sep 8, 6:41pm Top

Fabia - In her fifth and final novel featuring the prominent Vale family of Boston, Olive Higgins Prouty brings her narrative full circle by reintroducing as her protagonist Fabia Vale, whose rocky and ultimately doomed relationship with working-class medical student, Dan Regan, was the subject of the first novel in the series, White Fawn. Though published in 1952, Fabia is set in 1941; meaning that its events overlap those of the previous entry, Home Port, and that the reader is therefore privy to details that the characters are not. Already having turned her back on her privileged upbringing by working as a nurse, Fabia has by now almost completely separated herself from her family, taking a small apartment in New York supposedly for its convenience for her job. In fact, Fabia is involved in a "platonic affair" with a married man, Dr Oliver Baird, a situation which has slowly but inexorably taken over her life. When her mother discovers her secret, Fabia is forced to confront the futility of her involvement with Baird, who will not leave his family for her; and to face also the extent to which she has given herself over to fantasy and dreams. However, it will take the upheaval of America's entry into WWII before she is able to take her life back into her own control... Like all of Prouty's novels, Fabia is less about plot than about the psychological states of the characters as they confront a personal crisis; most of the action is internal. There is a welcome matter-of-factness in the novel's treatment of sex, albeit that the social ramifications are granted much more weight than we might now feel is valid; while there is also considerable psychological acuteness in Fabia and Baird, having withstood temptation together while their secret was a secret, defiantly becoming lovers once other people start to interfere in their relationship; as there is in the revelation about the Baird marriage that becomes the straw that breaks Fabia's emotional back. Ultimately, however, there is a lack of freshness about this novel's plot, with too much echoing of situations seen also in the earlier series entries: Fabia having a non-physical affair, just like her mother in Lisa Vale; Baird refusing to leave his neurotic wife, just like Durrance in Now, Voyager; and so on. This approach is one that carries right through to the resolution of the novel, with Fabia taking the drastic step of enlisting as an army nurse---a decision that has the unintended consequence of reuniting her with Dan Regan...

    Did she regret the few occasions of shared reality now? No! Particularly not now! What right would she have to be jealous or feel outrage or even injury if her relationship with Oliver had consisted simply of day-dreams and wishful thinking? Often during the last six weeks Fabia had asked herself if fulfillment had had the effect she had feared. She had felt no added guilt, nor taint of lost virtue, but had it robbed their meetings of a certain subtle, provocative quality? Had it destroyed their joy in the beauty of their surroundings and in mental companionship? She didn't know. There had been too little time before their reunions for the meticulous preparations that gave her such delight, and too little time after he came to waste the flying minutes lingering over a dainty repast, reading aloud or basking in the aesthetic effect of firelight, flowers and classical music. Too little time even for talk, for pledges or for vows.
    Oliver had never made her a pledge, or a vow, or a promise; had never assured her of fidelity. She had respected his reticence about Irma and had drawn her own conclusions, unconsciously shrinking, she supposed, from imagining possibilities destructive to her fantasy-life with him. He was not to blame if her conclusions had been naive and unrealistic...

Sep 8, 7:13pm Top

Many Ways - Despite its title, there is a deadening sameness about most of the contents of this 1931 collection of short stories by Margaret Pedler. The outstanding, or anti-quality, of this book is its pervasive class-snobbery. All of the stories are set amongst the landed gentry and up, socially speaking, and reveal - rather against Pedler's intentions, we feel - a stifling, narrow-minded and bigoted world where appearances are more important than any internal quality and the worst epithet you can apply to anyone is the c-word..."common". In fact, so insistent is this volume about the privileges and perfections of the British upper classes that it is hard not to feel that the lady is protesting too much: that Pedler in fact saw this world beginning to come to an end during the years between the wars, and was desperately trying to capture something that was passing away---and on the evidence of this book, good riddance. Amongst this unabashed celebration of being born with lots of money, living in a big house, going to the right school and speaking with the right accent, only a couple of stories stand out for their unexpected bucking of this trend: The Retirement Of My Gregory - the only story not set in that milieu - about an elderly appraiser for a firm of antiques, who after many years of searching rediscovers a particular piece of jewellery, and its history during the intervening years; and, in particular, The Force Of Nature, in which an unhappy nobleman realises that his much-younger wife's iconoclastic attitude to life might be the right one...even if she is a little common...

    As the discomforted man slunk away, Allegra sank into a chair a trifle breathlessly.
    "I suppose," she said slowly, "I suppose you're horribly shocked?"
    Timothy looked at her with questioning eyes. "Why did you come here?" he asked quietly.
    "I came---like you---to be myself." She gave an odd little laugh that was half a sob. Then she burst out passionately: "I couldn't bear it any longer---the dreadful daily grind! Your mother, with her eternal parrot cry, the 'proper thing to do.' The servants---like so many blocks of wood---the whole deadening convention of it! I couldn't bear it, Timothy. Oh! I'm common, I suppose---at least, your mother says I am---just a common human being. And I want to live like one, and laugh when I like, and cry when I like, and not go through life 'considering my position'!"

Sep 11, 6:09pm Top

More film-blogging!

I don't know what was going on in 1954, but---well, it is true, I suppose, that where you find one ant, you're bound to find another:

The Naked Jungle (1954)

Edited: Sep 12, 6:17pm Top

So what's been up with the editing?? :(

Edited: Sep 12, 6:39pm Top


Finished Thaddeus Of Warsaw for TIOLI #10.

(It avoids my crushed-by-a-book logo, but only just...)

And that is book #100 for the year! This puts me behind schedule for my target of 150, which is disappointing but not surprising given the number of crushing chunksters I have encountered so far, and with another one on the way...

It was also my 1803 selection for my Century Of Reading challenge. Looking over the possibilities for 1804, Amelia Opie's Adeline Mowbray seems the most significant work; however, I admit to being tempted by The Unexpected Legacy by Rachel Hunter, another author found inadvertently hilarious by Jane Austen (whose recommendations in that respect I have learned to trust!).

Sep 12, 6:24pm Top


Now reading My Desert Friend And Other Stories by Robert Hichens.

Sep 12, 7:21pm Top

The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How To Be One - This 1921 publication is a standalone short story by Peter B. Kyne from his series featuring self-made lumber and shipping magnate, Alden "Cappy" Ricks. Cappy has retired, but still takes a hand from time to time in the management of his former businesses. When his son-in-law and successor struggles to find the right man to fill an important position in their Shanghai office, Cappy shows him how to judge a man's character and commitment. The object of his experiment is William Peck, a one-armed veteran who has struggled to find employment since returning from active service... There's an uncomfortable underlying vibe to this supposedly uplifting story about not judging books by their cover and giving second chances. William Peck is initially given a series of difficult sales jobs, at which he succeeds (although, despite the story's subtitle, we are not in fact shown or told how in any detail), but these give way as the narrative focuses upon Cappy's last, private test: a task deliberately designed to be all-but impossible to complete, by which Cappy is able to judge the lengths to which a man will go to get the job done---or conversely, at which point he quits. While overtly the account of Peck's ever-more desperate efforts to fulfill his mission is amusing, the take-home message here is one about an employer's right to own his employees body and soul, outside of work hours as well as in; that a "good" employee is one grateful to be so owned; and that anyone who feels differently must be a Communist...

    Bill Peck entered and slumped wearily down on the settee. "So it was a plant?" he cracked, and his voice trembled with rage. "Well, sir, you're an old man and you've been good to me, so I do not begrudge you your little joke, but Mr Ricks, I can't stand things like I used to. My leg hurts and my stump hurts and my heart hurts---"
    He paused, choking, and the tears of impotent rage filled his eyes. "You shouldn't treat me that way, sir," he complained presently. "I've been trained not to question orders, even when they seem utterly foolish to me; I've been trained to obey them---on time, if possible, but if impossible, to obey them anyhow. I've been taught loyalty to my chief---and I'm sorry my chief found it necessary to make a buffoon of me. I haven't had a very good time the past three years and---and---you can--pa-pa-pass your skunk spruce and larch rustic and short odd length stock to some slacker like Skinner---and you'd better---arrange---to replace---Skinner, because he's young---enough to---take a beating---and I'm going to---give it to him---and it'll be a hospital---job---sir---"
    Cappy Ricks ruffled Bill Peck's aching head with a paternal hand. "Bill, old boy, it was cruel---damnably cruel, but I had a big job for you and I had to find out a lot of things about you before I entrusted you with that job..."

Sep 21, 7:11pm Top

Blergh! - what a week; culminating in some water leakage from a bad storm. :(

But I did manage to get some reading done around that:

- Finished My Desert Friend And Other Stories by Robert Hichens for TIOLI #5.

- Finished The de Bercy Affair by Louis Tracy for TIOLI #10.

- Finished The Crime At Tattenham Corner by Annie Haynes for TIOLI #11.

- Finished Who Killed Charmian Karslake? for TIOLI #9.

...all which happened because I couldn't get to the library to pick up the next monstrous chunkster I ought to have been reading, and goodness knows if I'll be able to get through it and my other commitments before the end of the month!

But anyhoo---

Now reading From Here To Eternity by James Jones.

Sep 21, 7:28pm Top

>48 lyzard: The Betrothed is one of the few books that make an appearance on your thread that I've actually read!

Sep 21, 8:01pm Top

>82 SandDune:

Hi, Rhian!

So, typically, it would be a book I really hadn't heard of before! :D

(I gather that I should have, but oh well...)

Sep 21, 8:07pm Top


In between all the other upheaval I did manage a bit more film-blogging, polishing off something I've been trying to get through for ages.

And if you think my previous efforts were way too long, you ain't seen nothing yet. :D

Jaws (1975)

Sep 21, 11:00pm Top

>84 lyzard: That is a magnificent review, Liz! I didn't give a thought to how long it was while I was reading it, which tells you it was just the right length. I saw Jaws when it first came out, when I was 11 years old. Surprisingly, I don't remember having nightmares about it — of course, growing up in the middle of rural Illinois, there wasn't an ocean to be seen for thousands of miles in any direction, so no worries about an accidental encounter of my own. :-)

Yesterday, 5:41pm Top

Thank you, my dear! - that's a lovely compliment. :)

The scary thing is, I could easily have banged out another 5000 words or so. :D

I grew up with beach swimming and beach holidays and yet I have no memory of ever being shark-conscious. Rip-conscious and dumper-conscious, yes.

Yesterday, 6:47pm Top

Time for me to learn a new word: Dumper?

Yesterday, 7:03pm Top

The tight, powerful waves you get near the shoreline when the tide is going out: they tend to suck you in and slam you down, which (if / when you successfully extricate yourself) usually ends in a retreat from the water with the sad explanation, "I got dumped."

It isn't a pleasant experience. :D

Edited: Yesterday, 11:01pm Top

Ah, now I know! Sounds terrifying.

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