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lyzard's list: Provided with books for the 2019 journey - Part 6

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Nov 5, 3:04pm Top

For 2013 I have chosen one of the shots that won a Canadian photographer a 'portfolio' award, that of a swooping barred owl taken in British Columbia:

Edited: Nov 9, 4:25pm 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:

B. F.'s Daughter by John P. Marquand (1946)

The Lake Of Killarney by Anna Maria Porter (1804)

Edited: Nov 5, 3:11pm 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: Nov 5, 3:17pm 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: Nov 5, 3:20pm 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)
105. From Here To Eternity by James Jones (1951)
106. Endless Night by Agatha Christie (1967)

Edited: Nov 7, 10:13pm Top


107. The Maze by Philip MacDonald (1931)
108. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (1827)
109. La Guinguette à deux sous by Georges Simenon (1932)
110. The Crystal Beads Murder by Annie Haynes (1930)
111. Through The Wall by Patricia Wentworth (1950)
112. The Gold Comfit Box by Valentine Williams (1932)
113. By The Pricking Of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie (1968)
114. The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain (1952)
115. The Come Back by Carolyn Wells (1921)
116. They Who Do Not Grieve by Sia Figiel (1999)


117. The American Caravan: A Yearbook Of American Literature by Van Wyck Brooks et al. (eds.) (1927)
118. Dracula's Guest And Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker (1914)
119. The Mystery Of The Folded Paper by Hulbert Footner (1930)
120. Elsie's Kith And Kin by Martha Finley (1886)
121. Angels & Insects by A. S. Byatt (1992)

Edited: Nov 8, 6:53pm Top

Books in transit:

Purchased and shipped:
Move Over by Ethel Pettit
Turmoil At Brede by Seldon Truss

Library books to collect:

On interlibrary loan / branch transfer / storage / Rare Book request:

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}
Ambrose Holt And Family by Susan Glaspell {JFR}

On loan:
Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years by Johann Goethe (07/12/2019 / 17/12/2019)
*From Here To Eternity by James Jones (14/12/2019)
*The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (14/12/2019)
*The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain (15/01/2020)
**The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson (21/01/2020)
**Thaddeus Of Warsaw by Jane Porter (21/01/2020)
**The Adventures Of Hajji Baba Of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier (21/01/2020)
**The Social Life Of Fluids: Blood, Milk, And Water In The Victorian Novel by Jules Law (21/01/2020)

Edited: Nov 7, 10:15pm 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:

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

Next up: The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope

General reading challenges:

America's best-selling novels (1895 - ????):
Next up: Not As A Stranger by Morton Thompson

Virago chronological reading project:
Next up: Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Agatha Christie mysteries in chronological order:
Next up: Hallowe'en Party

The C.K. Shorter List of Best 100 Novels:
Next up: Wilhelm Meister by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni / Lichtenstein by Wilhelm Hauff

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

Banned In Boston!: (here)
Next up: Move Over by Ethel Pettit

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: Asta's Book by Barbara Vine

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: Nov 5, 3:36pm 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: Nov 5, 3:42pm 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 / The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
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
1886: Elsie's Kith And Kin 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: Nov 5, 3:46pm 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: Nov 5, 3:53pm 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 Friends At Woodburn (13/28) {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)
(1896 - 1909) **Melville Davisson Post - Randolph Mason - The Corrector Of Destinies (3/3)
(1893 - 1915) **Kate Douglas Wiggins - Penelope - Penelope's Postscripts (4/4)
(1894 - 1898) **Anthony Hope - Ruritania - Rupert Of Hentzau (3/3)
(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)
(1897 - 1900) **Anna Katharine Green - Amelia Butterworth - The Circular Study (3/3)
(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)
(1899 - 1909) **E. W. Hornung - Raffles - Mr Justice Raffles (4/4)
(1900 - 1974) Ernest Bramah - Kai Lung - Kai Lung: Six / Kai Lung Raises His Voice (7/7)

(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)
(1905 - 1925) **Baroness Orczy - The Old Man In The Corner - Unravelled Knots (3/3)}
(1905 - 1928) **Edgar Wallace - The Just Men - Again The Three Just Men (6/6)
(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)
(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)
(1910 - 1917) ***Edgar Wallace - Inspector Smith - Kate Plus Ten (3/3)
(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)
(1910 - 1931) Grace S. Richmond - Red Pepper Burns - Red Pepper Returns (6/6)
(1910 - 1933) Jeffery Farnol - The Vibarts - The Way Beyond (3/3) {Fisher Library storage / fadedpage.com}
(1910 - 1928) **Louis Tracy - Winter and Furneaux - The Postmaster's Daughter (5/9) {Project Gutenberg}

(1911 - 1935) G. K. Chesterton - Father Brown - The Scandal Of Father Brown (5/5)
(1911 - 1937) Mary Roberts Rinehart - Letitia Carberry - Tish Marches On (5/5)
(1911 - 1919) **Alfred Bishop Mason - Tom Strong - Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout (5/5)
(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)
(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)
(1914 - 1934) Ernest Bramah - Max Carrados - The Bravo Of London (5/5)
(1916 - 1941) John Buchan - Edward Leithen - Sick Heart River (5/5)
(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 Luminous Face (5/8) {Project Gutenberg}
(1918 - 1939) Valentine Williams - The Okewood Brothers - The Spider's Touch (6/?) {Roy Glashan's Library}
(1918 - 1944) Valentine Williams - Clubfoot - The Spider's Touch (7/8) {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: Nov 5, 3:58pm 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 - Hallowe'en Party (35/39) {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 - Postern Of Fate (5/5) {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)
(1923 - 1924) **Carolyn Wells - Lorimer Lane - The Fourteenth Key (2/2)
(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 - The Wraith (6/24) {ILL / JFR}
(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: Nov 5, 4:04pm Top

Series and sequels, 1928 - 1930:

(1928 - 1961) Patricia Wentworth - Miss Silver - The Ivory Dagger (19/33) {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)
(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)
(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)
(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)
(1930 - 1932) Faith Baldwin - The Girls Of Divine Corners - Myra: A Story Of Divine Corners (4/4)
(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) {expensive}
(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 - 1939) Anne Austin - James "Bonnie" Dundee - Murdered But Not Dead (5/5)
(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 Death Of A Celebrity (2/10) {mobilereads / omnibus}
(1930 - 1940) *E. M. Delafield - The Provincial Lady - The Provincial Lady In Wartime (4/4)
(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)
(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: Nov 5, 4:09pm 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 - L'Ombre chinoise (12/75) {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)

(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: Nov 5, 4:10pm 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: Nov 5, 4:11pm Top

Books currently on loan:



Edited: Nov 7, 10:17pm Top

Reading projects:




Other projects:



Edited: Nov 5, 4:43pm Top

Ruminations, group reads, etc.

I'm sure the move towards the end of the year ought to bring a sense of completion, rather than one of panic, but...

This has been a difficult year in a number of ways, which has made proper participation across LT difficult likewise. I'm disappointed by my own failure to socialise and join in, though I'm objectively aware that there were good reasons for it.

But I know I haven't been alone in this respect (far from it). One place where this has shown itself is the group reads, where it was hard to get the steady participation and input that can make such ventures so rewarding.

However, this time of year also brings with it the sense that everything is going to be magically better next year, so naturally I'm already contemplating new projects...

Chronologically, the next work in my Trollope project is The Bertrams; and as this is a standalone novel which several people have expressed interest in tackling, I'm hopeful we can gather a good and active group for it. My immediate thought is to try this early in the new year, when energies are usually high.

I also need to resurrect the Virago project, which went off the rails for a variety of reasons---one of them purely selfish, but also because the core group got diverted into examining some important works by female authors which do not happen to be Virago reissues.

One of these was Charlotte Smith, an author I'd like to study in more depth. Since there was some interest expressed in this (hi, Heather!), this is a thread I'd like to follow up; though it may be more as a shared read than a group project.

Meanwhile, theoretically next up in the Virago project is Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret. The selfish reason for my putting it off is that I'm working through Braddon's novels chronologically at my poor neglected blog, and I'm not quite up to it yet. Knuckling down in this area is something I very much want to focus on, however, and I am hopeful that I can bring these two projects together.

If anyone has any interest in these works as group reads, or any other books they would like to suggest, please let me know!

Edited: Nov 5, 4:43pm Top

That should do---so please come on in!

Edited: Nov 5, 4:44pm Top

And, oh yes---

Finished Elsie's Kith And Kin for TIOLI #14.

Now reading Angels & Insects by A. S. Byatt.

Nov 5, 4:52pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz!

>1 lyzard: Beautiful picture of the flying owl at the top.
>2 lyzard: Mr Trollope was completely right.

Nov 5, 5:07pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz! I agree with Anita — that's quite a striking owl photo.

Nov 5, 5:19pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz.

Nov 5, 6:36pm Top

Lovely new thread, Liz.

The Bertrams and Lady Audley’s Secret both sound good to me.

This may, of course, last for this week only, but I feel as though I’m getting better control of my reading.

She said doubtfully.

Nov 5, 7:37pm Top

That owl! What a beauty. Kudos to the photographer.

Looking forward to four months of reviews appearing in the next six weeks. Why, that's less than one month's reviews per week! Easy-peasy. ;-)

Nov 5, 8:51pm Top

>19 lyzard: I would be very likely to join in on both The Bertrams and Lady Audrey’s Secret as group reads.

Nov 5, 9:41pm Top

Happy new thread! While normally I would be eager to read either Trollope or Braddon, I read both of those titles within the last few years. Great reading: enjoy!

Nov 5, 9:46pm Top

Happy new one!

Nov 5, 10:53pm Top

Happy new thread, Liz! I'm up for Trollope and/or Braddon, whenever you are.

Nov 6, 1:21am Top

Happy New thread. That owl is quite startling.
My library has copies of both The Bertrams and Lady Audley's Secret, so I'd be up for both of those.

Nov 6, 9:45am Top

Happy new thread!

Nov 6, 10:10am Top

Staggered by your lists, your organization. My hat is off to you. March on!


Nov 6, 11:33am Top

Happy new thread, Liz! Love the owl pic. This weekend on a late-night run with Buddy (my mixed-breed Terrier walking/running buddy and finder of all things chaseable) we somehow snuck up on a barn owl perched in the brush along our trail. It took flight when we were quite close, right across our path. It was a had-to-be-there moment, but a memorable one. They're really quite impressive.

Nov 6, 3:08pm Top

Ooh, visitors, how lovely!

Thank you dropping in, Anita, Harry, Paul, Gail, Julia, Jennifer, Ninie, Anita, Kathy, Helen, Jim, Bill and Steve!

Phew!! :)

Edited: Nov 6, 3:24pm Top

>22 FAMeulstee:

Owls are another of my favourites; I had them exclusively as my thread-toppers a couple of years ago.

I'm sure none of us would contemplate doing such a thing! :)

>23 harrygbutler:

It was hard (as always) to pick one photo but that one really stood out.

By the way, Harry, I meant to tell you (you may have seen up-thread), I unexpectedly managed to snag a copy of Turmoil At Brede, so I won't need to impose on you for that after all; thank you for the offer, though! I'm be glad to get these variously stalled challenges rolling again! :)

>25 bohemima:

She said doubtfully.


I would love to have you along for both, Gail! I wish I shared your feeling, if only for a week...

>26 rosalita:

Ehhhh, shaddup, Miss No Thread! :P

>27 japaul22:

That would be excellent, Jennifer!

>28 NinieB:

That's a shame from the group's point of view, but I hope you might feel like lurking and commenting?? :)

>30 kac522:

That's great, Kathy!

>31 Helenliz:

I'm very glad you feel inclined for a second venture into Trollope, Helen. :)

>33 weird_O:

Don't let the lists fool you, I only LOOK organised! :D

>34 swynn:

How fabulous! I have never seen an owl around here but there is a colony of powerful owls living in the bush quite near my house. One insomniac night I did manage to hear one, and was amused that they actually do say 'Hoo-hoo'. (Low and drawn out, though: hoooo-hoooo.)

Nov 6, 3:44pm Top

I'm very pleased with this response to my suggestions of The Bertrams and Lady Audley's Secret. At the moment I am thinking of either January or February for the former, whichever suits participants best.

I think one of the take-home messages from this year is not to schedule these projects without a proper break between, so that would mean March or April for the Braddon---which ought to give me time to catch up my hindering personal project. I've been trying to get The Captain Of The Vulture blogged for forever, and I have one other book, Ralph The Bailiff, And Other Tales, to get through before I will let myself tackle Lady Audley's Secret.

Like I said...that OUGHT to work...

Nov 6, 4:20pm Top

Happy Newish Thread, Liz. I love the owl photo up top.

Nov 6, 5:25pm Top

>38 jnwelch:

Hi, Joe! Thanks for visiting; glad you like her. :)

Nov 6, 9:18pm Top

>36 lyzard: I did adore Lady Audley's Secret, so yeah, I may well be in the peanut gallery!

Nov 7, 8:31am Top

>36 lyzard: You found Turmoil at Brede? Oh, no — now I'll have to find some other sucker avid reader to foist it on! :-)

Nov 7, 3:52pm Top

>40 NinieB:

Looking forward to it! :)

>41 harrygbutler:

Yeah, sorry about that---but look on the bright side: you know there's a avid reader born every minute... :D

Edited: Nov 7, 10:55pm Top

The Eye In Attendance - Rising politician Basil Stanismore is a man used to getting what he wants---even when that is another man's wife. Armed with the knowledge that Frankie Barleston cheated during the game of cards that led to a young man's ruin and suicide, Stanismore makes Barleston the most dishonourable of propositions... Late one night, during a house party, Alix Barleston slips out of Node House, on the Isle of Wight, to meet Basil Stanismore in the isolated old tower in the grounds. She has steeled herself to do what she can to help the husband she cannot love or respect; but when Stanismore tells her that the suggested "arrangement" was Frankie's own idea, Alix berates him and flees into the night... Ronald Dene, seeing the light in Alix's room and knowing that her husband is away, gives in to impulse and goes to her---declaring his love for her and pleading that she divorce Frankie and marry him. To their horror, the two are almost caught together by Frankie, who was supposed to be in London. Ronald manages to slip away, not knowing that he has been seen leaving Alix's room... A furious scene follows between Frankie and Alix---until the former tells his wife that he must spend the night in her room---and why... This third entry in Valentine Williams' series featuring Inspector Manderton of Scotland Yard is an interesting but ultimately frustrating work, more engaging as a straight novel than as a mystery. That is---the mystery surrounding Basil Stanismore's murder is fine, but its solution is inadequately prepared for and ultimately unsatisfactory. Manderton himself is in transition here: previously in the series he was an outsider rather than an identification figure, a man with a harsh, abrasive manner who was often wrong in his conclusions and thus a threat to the characters from whose perspective their stories were told. This time, we are given a different Manderton: a quiet but intensely watchful detective (the title alludes to his increasingly ominous presence at Node), who draws correct deductions from his observations and shows the bullying side of his nature only as a deliberate ploy. Meanwhile, compensating for its flaws as a mystery, The Eye In Attendance offers an unusually clear glimpse of the dark underbelly of "polite society", at a time (the novel was published in 1926) when most writing of this kind still took it pretty much for granted that the upper classes were just inherently better than the rest of us. Not so here: Basil Stanismore and Frankie Barleston are a pair of unmitigated skunks, the one, a lecherous blackmailer, the other a drunkard and a sharper, holding his wife purely so he can live off her, and both of them consummate liars. Even the "good" characters transgress, with Ronald's visit to Alix's bedroom leading to passionate kissing and a mutual declaration of love; while her knowledge of this interlude leaves Isobel in no doubt that the two are having an affair. Though they are not, being forced to confront her feelings leads Alix to contemplate divorce; but for all she wants to be free of Frankie, the prospect of him being hanged for murder is too much. She is therefore persuaded to give her husband a false alibi; an alibi that Ronald Dene, for one, knows is false... Perhaps the most interesting aspect of The Eye In Attendance is the ambiguity around Frankie Barleston: whether he is guilty of murder, or whether he has in fact told his wife an outrageous lie in order to secure her support. Either way, Alix's own lie has rolling consequences, for Ronald in particular, since Alix actually is his alibi, and cannot say so. Meanwhile, Frankie torments Alix by insisting that Ronald will be arrested for murder; though it soon seems evident that it is Alix herself upon whose Manderton's suspicion has fallen...

    "I mean this," Frankie hissed. "Manderton's made up his mind that Dene is the murderer. And I think that Manderton's right."
"Your prejudice against Ronnie is turning your brain, I believe," Alix said coldly. "Why do you say things you know to be untrue?"
    "You can take it from me," was the curt retort, "that Manderton's out after Dene. And he's going to get him if he can."
    She had been striving to restrain her growing agitation, but now it carried her away. She sprang to her feet and faced him.
    "If this is true," she said, "then it's your doing. Oh," - she stamped her foot - "I might have known how it would be. You've always let me down. Just when I thought you were a man I could respect you must do this craven thing. But you'd better take care," she added passionately. "I've put up with a good deal for your sake, Frankie. Don't drive me too far. I don't mind what it costs me, but I warn you, if they arrest Ronnie, I shall speak the truth."
    He was looking at her fixedly, leaning back against the seat. His silence was so prolonged, his gaze so strangely meditative, that presently her anger left her and a cold fear descended.
    At last he spoke.
    "And what if you don't know the truth...?"

Nov 7, 5:45pm Top

>42 lyzard: I'm sure that's what the proprietor said when I started piling up books over the weekend and then staggering out to my car under the load: "Ah, here's another avid reader." :-)

Edited: Nov 8, 1:08am Top

Finished Angels & Insects for TIOLI #7.

Now reading B. F.'s Daughter by John P. Marquand.

Nov 8, 1:07am Top

Death Answers The Bell - On the night of her Court presentation, Aline Innesmore promises to drop in at the end of the night upon Barrasford Swete, who occupies standalone rooms in the grounds of Frant House, the London home of Sir Charles and Lady Rossway, her hosts. Aline is attracted to the much-older Swete, flattered by his tantalising manner towards her and intrigued by his reputation as a lady's man. However, she secretly suspects that there is something between him and Geraldine, the Rossways' daughter-in-law, who is staying with them while her estranged husband, their eldest son, Sholto, is travelling on the Continent. Though it is very late when she returns, Aline sees that Swete's light is still on and keeps her promise. However, as she rings the doorbell, the light inside is suddenly switched out. Annoyed, Aline hurries away, almost slipping down the stairs. As she returns to the car, she encounters Rodney, the second Rossway son---who exclaims in horror as he sees that her train and her shoes are covered in blood. Forcing the door, Rodney discovers Swete dead in what looks like suicide. He sends for the police and a doctor, the latter of whom declares that the gun still clutched in Swete's hand is not the one that fired the fatal shot... This was the fourth - and final - effort on the part of Valentine Williams to turn Inspector Manderton of Scotland Yard into a series character. At the same time, Death Answers The Bell marks the beginning of a different mystery series by the author, in that he uses this book to introduce Sergeant Trevor Dene, who would appear in three more novels without Manderton, and who is of historical interest to me since, as that contradictory object (contradictory in 1931, anyway), a gentleman-policeman, Dene may have influenced Patricia Wentworth's subsequent creation of Frank Abbott, and his relationship with his rougher superior, Inspector Lamb. Though officially a fingerprint expert, Dene's social background and education give him a perspective on the Rossway household - and the house itself - very different from his chief's; different likewise is his friendly manner, which encourages Aline, at least, to trust him. Though all the evidence found at the scene points to a woman as the murderer, the inspector's investigation is complicated by Aline's testimony that she saw a man slip out of Swete's rooms while she and Rodney were waiting for the doctor; a man, moreover, who must have been inside the house not only when the door was broken in, but - if he is the killer - for a full hour after the crime was committed. Meanwhile, with the Rossways closing ranks against the police, Rodney and Aline decide to turn amateur detective---only to wish they hadn't. It is Aline who finds the missing gun, which she turns over to Rodney, rather than Manderton; and it is Geraldine who identifies it as her own, given to her by her husband: adding that it was in her room before the murder, but missing the following morning---meaning that no outsider could have killed Barrasford Swete...

    "I don't want you to go repeating anything I tell you," Dene said with a touch of self-consciousness. "Don't run away with the idea I'm giving away police secrets, however; I'm not. But my Chief is what you'd call a realist---you've seen him, you can judge for yourself. He's a plodder, if you know what I mean. He believes that everything can be solved on perfectly straightforward, commonplace lines, if one plugs away at it hard enough... What I call the short circuit method never seems to appeal..."
    "And what just is the short circuit method?"
    "Cutting through all this tangle of piffling, timewasting inquiries by a bold stroke. Take this case, for instance. Instead of fiddling about trying to discover whether anybody saw Stranger No. 1 come out and Stranger No. 2 go in, why not assume straight away that things really are what they seem? In other words, that there's a means of access to the flat unknown to us."
    Aline looked past the young man's flaming poll at the drummer on the buttress. With a little air of suppressed excitement she said: "You mean a secret passage between this house and the flat?"
    He grinned up at her. "You mustn't call it that. It sounds much too melodramatic. Manderton thinks me a darned sight too melodramatic already. 'Dithyrambic' he called me the other day. Priceless, what? I don't suppose he knows for a moment the meaning of the word. But I got back at him. I said I was only dithyrambic in the banausic sense. That took the stuffing out of him..."

Nov 8, 8:49am Top

>47 lyzard: I love seeing these old covers!

Nov 8, 2:48pm Top

>48 thornton37814:

Hi, Lori - thanks for visiting! I always like to find a first-edition cover image if I can, but particularly for Death Answers The Bell, where the only alternative was the ebook cover consisting of a close-up of a doorbell! :)

Edited: Nov 8, 3:42pm Top

The Shadow Of Death: The Hunt For A Serial Killer - This true-crime study by Philip E. Ginsburg was published in 1993, approximately five years after the conclusion of a decade-long phase during which, by a cruel statistical anomaly, a quiet rural valley lying between Vermont and New Hampshire was terrorised by (as it turned out to be) two different serial killers and a random knife-wielding lunatic. Between 1978 and 1988, the bodies of nine women and three young girls were found either side of the Connecticut River. The details provided by a survivor brought one of these cases to a conclusion; a savage knife attack upon a heavily pregnant woman which, miraculously, both she and her baby survived, turned out to be an unrelated incident; the murderer of the other women has never been caught... This outcome makes The Shadow Of Death something of an outlier among the numerous works published in the early 1990s that deal with cases of serial-killing, many of them dwelling upon the twin burgeoning techniques of criminal profiling and forensic science. This one does too---but in a context of a scattered population, an isolated, wooded environment, a small police force, limited resources (financial and practical), a lack of witnesses, and an absence of conclusive physical evidence. The book's melancholy moral, that sometimes all the dedication in the world just isn't enough to get the job done, makes this an uncomfortable read in ways beyond the self-evidently ugly details of the murders; but it also offers a cogent reminder of realities not often dealt with in drama and fiction. The focus of Ginsberg's study is, finally, not the killer(s) but the people involved in this difficult and frustrating situation: the shifting band of police officers, forced to pick up and put down the case as their duties and their postings altered; a psychiatrist whose interest in the case began almost as a hobby, and which became an obsession; and the residents of the valley who were directly or indirectly impacted by the murders.

    In retrospect, the murder of Theresa Fenton, then the murder of another young girl, Caty Richards, and finally the capture of Gary Schaefer and the link backward in time to 1979 and yet another victim, Sheri Nastasia, had introduced the Valley to a new kind of horror.
    Eight years was a long time in the police business... The investigation in Springfield, a mere twenty-five miles south of where Barbara Agnew had been found, now seemed long ago and far away. Gary Schaefer had been in jail three years. And yet in some ways there was a straight line in time from the death of Sheri Nastasia to the gruesome discovery made by four strollers off Advent Hill Road.
    The Schaefer investigation had also introduced the police, LeClair and Estey and Halpin and their colleagues, to a new and terrible kind of responsibility in their profession. And in the end it prepared them for what they were facing now, a case that brought even the most conservative among the detectives a step closer to the conclusion that once again there was a serial killer on the hunt in the Connecticut River Valley...

Edited: Nov 8, 7:01pm Top

Thaddeus Of Warsaw - Walter Scott is now regarded by most as "the father of historical fiction", but there was a "mother" before him who actually created the modern version of the historical novel with 1809's The Scottish Chiefs (read in 2017 and reviewed here). And prior to that, Porter wrote a semi-historical work so radical it confused contemporary readers, who were unaccustomed to a fictional protagonist interacting with real historical figures and so misinterpreted her novel as a covert biography of Tadeusz Kościuszko. Thaddeus Of Warsaw does indeed devote the first of its original four volumes to the events of 1792 - 1795, which saw Poland invaded, its new reformist constitution overthrown, and ultimately the savage partitioning of the country between Prussia, the Austrian Empire, and the Russian Empire. However, its focus is the young Thaddeus Constantine Sobieski, a fictional descendant of John Sobieski, a 17th century king of Poland. (The family was extinct by this time, which is one reason Porter chose it; the other was her evident admiration of Sobieski as a model gentleman-soldier.) As Poland collapses, its defenders including Thaddeus' grandfather killed or captured, Thaddeus is compelled by his mother to flee and find refuge in England. It was only on the eve of war that his mother confided to Thaddeus the truth of his birth: that he was son of an English nobleman who married her under a false name, then treacherously repudiated his marriage and deserted his wife... Thaddeus loses everything in the fall of Poland, and arrives in England destitute and friendless: one more unwanted European refugee. But as he struggles for survival, circumstances win for Thaddeus new and unexpected friends, and finally the opportunity to discover and confront his father... Thaddeus Of Warsaw is, finally, a mixed novel. After the opening phase depicting the brutal war in its protagonist's homeland, it switches focus to become, simultaneously, a domestic novel depicting English society in the late 18th century, and a trenchant criticism of that society. Porter is particularly critical of Britain's inaction in the face of Poland's tragedy---the nation choosing, since the invaders and partitioners were its own allies, to do nothing---and felt that the country had lost much of its morality and general standing. She uses the rest of the novel to show the reader England through the eyes of an outsider, and it is not a pretty picture. Concealing his identity for a variety of reasons, and calling himself "Mr Constantine", Thaddeus is faced with poverty, starvation and cruel indifference, and must work hard to win a slender income by teaching languages and selling his drawings; but his own qualities of character and spirit win friends for him, too, first amongst people as poor as himself, then some much higher in society. Thaddeus saves from a violent assault an elderly lady who turns out to be the Countess of Tinemouth, and who befriends and assists him. He also becomes an object of interest - and more than interest - to the lovely young heiress, Mary Beaufort, who struggles to reconcile the contradiction of his lowly position and what she senses of his true nature... Thaddeus Of Warsaw is finally a sprawling and rather uneven work, though one that holds the interest. Its switch from European warfare to English drawing-rooms is jolting, and it is hampered as much as helped by its improbably perfect hero and heroine. However, these idealised creations are placed against, and balanced by, a spectrum of extremely imperfect supporting characters (some of them, like a sexually "fragile" lady, rather surprising), via which Porter highlights what she felt to be the many failings of contemporary English society. Thaddeus' journey up the ladder of that society allows for some vivid pen-pictures of different aspects of English life at the turn of the 19th century; while his tentative romance with Mary Beaufort, which becomes one of the threads that holds the narrative together, has some unexpected touches to it. The other main subplot deals with Thaddeus' search for his father---a search, appears, which may be an instance of being careful what you pray for...

    "I want to learn," said Lady Tinemouth, "what you think of our English theatre?"
    "Prithee, don't ask him!" cried Miss Egerton, pouring out a glass of water; "we have seen a tremendous brother Pole of his, who I believe has 'hopped off' with all his spirits! Why, he has been looking as rueful as a half-drowned man all the night; and as for Lady Sara, and I could vow Miss Beaufort, too, they have been two Niobes---'all tears.' So, good folks, I must drink better health to you, to save myself from the vapours."
    "What is all this, Mr Constantine?" asked the countess, addressing Thaddeus, whose eyes had glanced with a ray of delighted surprise on the blushing though displeased face of Miss Beaufort.
    "My weakness," replied he, commanding down a rising tremor in his voice, and turning to her ladyship; "the play relates to a native of Poland, one who, like myself, an exile in a strange land, is subjected to sufferings and contumelies the bravest spirits may find hard to bear. Any man may combat misery; but even the most intrepid will shrink from insult. This, I believe, is the sum of the story. Its resemblance in some points to my own affected me; and," added he, looking gratefully at Lady Sara, and timidly towards Miss Beaufort, "if these ladies have sympathised with emotions against which I strove, but could not entirely conceal, I owe to it the sweetest consolation now in the power of fate to bestow."
    "Poor Constantine!" cried Sophia Egerton, patting his head with one hand, whilst with the other she wiped a tear from her always smiling eye, "forgive me if I have hurt you. I like you vastly, though I must now and then laugh at you; you know I hate dismals, so let this tune enliven us all!" and flying to her piano, she played and sang two or three merry airs, till the countess commanded her to the supper-table.
    At this most sociable repast of the whole day, cheerfulness seemed again to disperse the gloom which had threatened the circle. Thaddeus set the example. His unrestrained and elegant conversation acquired new pathos from the anguish that was driven back to his heart; like the beds of rivers, which infuse their own nature with the current, his hidden grief imparted an indescribable interest and charm to all his sentiments and actions.
    Mary now beheld him in his real character. Unmolested by the haughty presence of Miss Dundas, he became unreserved, intelligent, and enchanting. He seemed master of every subject talked on, and discoursed on all with a grace which corroborated her waking visions that he was as some bright star fallen from his sphere...

Nov 8, 7:05pm Top

Ah, yes:

Since, as I have remarked before, online books don't really lend themselves to reading in the bath, I am now also reading The Lake Of Killarney by Anna Maria Porter (Jane's sister).

Edited: Nov 9, 5:39pm Top

The de Bercy Affair - This is going to be more complaint than review; not that this is unprecedented, exactly. I've ranted before about the vagaries of Louis Tracy, who published in both Britain and the US, sometimes first in one and sometimes in the other; sometimes using a pseudonym, sometimes not: habits which make research difficult and accurate information a rarity. All of which goes some way to explaining how I ended up reading the first book in his series featuring Winter and Furneaux of Scotland Yard three years after I read the second. Bizarrely, Tracy published this very British book only in America, and under his pseudonym, "Gordon Holmes"; that, and the gap between books helped this one to slip completely through the cracks, so that (not to brag, or anything) I seem to be the first person to realise that The de Bercy Affair is a part of the Winter / Furneaux series. But better late than never... The French actress, Mademoiselle Rose de Bercy, is murdered in her rented apartments. Her maid, Pauline, insists hysterically that the wealthy Young American, Rupert Osborne, who was engaged to the actress, is the person who killed her. Preliminary investigations indicate that Osborne has a solid alibi, being at a meeting at his club at about the time of the murder; but Inspector Clarke, to whom the investigation has fallen, finds a taxi-driver who carried someone who, at least, looked like Osborne between the vicinities of the club and the murder scene and back again. The case is further complicated by the bizarre nature of the murder-weapon: a flint axe-head which, seemingly, could only have come out of a museum or a private collection; such as that owned by Osborne. Then again, why choose something so unique---and leave it at the scene? Superintendent Winter is secretly sure that Inspector Clarke is not up to the challenges of the de Bercy murder, and diverts him onto a case of suspected anarchists: consoling the aggrieved detective by insisting (falsely) on the importance of the work. In Winter's view, there is only one man for the de Bercy case: his frequent associate, Inspector Furneaux. It was Furneaux's extended and unexplained absence at the time of the murder that saw the case given to the officious Clarke in the first place; and once he is assigned, his increasingly bizarre behaviour, in particular his unreasonable persecution of Rupert Osborne, puts a terrible suspicion into Winter's mind... The de Bercy Affair is a strange novel in a number of ways---but most of all as a first book in a series. It relies for its effect upon the close relationship between Winter and Furneaux, personal as well as professional, and the reader's own recognition of Furneaux's anomalous behaviour; yet as a first book, neither of these factors can come into play as strongly as they should. In fact---in some respects I was advantaged by reading these books out of order; although conversely I was guarded from the trap that Louis Tracy presumably intended for novice readers, that of suspecting - as Winter is finally forced to do - that Furneaux himself is the murderer... While it offers an engaging if ultimately somewhat improbably mystery, The de Bercy Affair is very much a novel of its time - it was published in 1910 - in that it retains much of the melodrama and multiplying subplots that marked the 19th century sensation novel. In particular, it leaves the murder investigation to follow the increasingly unhappy fortunes of Rupert Osborne, who almost everyone comes to believe is the murderer, protected from arrest by his wealth and social standing. And as time passes, more evidence against Osborne emerges; evidence that wasn't there in the first place... As it works itself out, "the de Bercy affair" proves even more complicated than it appeared at first glance; though no-one is more surprised that Superintendent Winter when the case finally crosses paths with that involving Inspector Clarke and his anarchists...

    Half an hour afterwards Furneaux walked into Winter's quarters. His chief, writing hard, hardly glanced up, and for some time Furneaux stood looking at his one-time friend with the eyes of a scientist who contemplates a new fossil. "Well, I have Osborne safe," he said at last.
    "You have, have you?" muttered Winter, scribbling rapidly; but a flush of anger rose on his forehead, and he added: "It will cost you your reputation, my good fellow!"
    "Is that all?" cried Furneaux mockingly...
    Winter was thoroughly nonplussed. Everybody, everything, seemed to be mad. He was staring at Furneaux when Clarke entered. The newcomer's hat was tilted a little backward, and there was an air of business-like haste in him from the creak of his boot soles to the drops of perspiration shining on his brow. He contrived to hold himself back just long enough to say, "Hello, Furneaux!" and then his burden of news broke from him: "Well, I've got Janoc under lock and key all right."
    "Oh, you've got somebody, too, have you?" groaned Winter. "And on what charge, pray, have you collared Janoc?"
    "Why, what a question!" cried Clarke. "Didn't I tell you, sir---?"
    "So true," said Winter; "I had almost forgotten. You've grabbed Janoc, and the genius of Mr Furneaux is sated by arresting Mr. Osborne---"
    Clarke slapped his thigh vigorously, doubling up in a paroxysm of laughter. "Osborne! Oh, not Osborne at this time of day!" He leered at Furneaux in comic wonder---he, who had never dared question aught done by the little man, save in the safe privacy of his thoughts.
    "And I have arrested Pauline," said Winter in grim irony.
    "Who has?" asked Clarke, suddenly agape.
    "I, I say. Pauline is my prize. I wouldn't be left out in the cold." And he added bitterly: "We've all got one!---all guilty!---a lovely story it will make for the newspapers. I suppose, to keep up the screaming farce, that we each ought to contrive to have our prisoner tried in a different court!"

Yesterday, 5:52am Top

Happy new thread Liz! The photo of that owl is stunning.

>37 lyzard: Jan/Feb for The Bertrams and March/April for Lady Audley's Secret work for me. :-)

Yesterday, 6:53am Top

>54 souloftherose: I may also be up for group reads next year as I plan to plan less overreaching challenges and concentrate on the joy of reading.

Yesterday, 7:24am Top

Also wanted to say that I have been following the news about the bushfires in your part of the world and hoping you're keeping safe.

Yesterday, 10:52am Top

Dropping a star so I don't lose track of my favorite ever tutor! Hope all is well with you, Liz, Thanks for being so devoted to the TIOLI challenges...one of my favorites pastimes! :D

By the way, the little kid who interrupted our tutored reads is now six years old. Imagine! Where did that time go?!

Edited: Today, 5:32pm Top

>54 souloftherose:, >56 souloftherose:

Hi, Heather! Thanks for checking in. Sounds like we may have a plan. :)

Thanks for that too. There are two different outbreaks, one north from me (quite far) and one south (not so far). My area is so far unaffected but the weather is only getting hotter and dryer. There are also fires in Queensland.

Apparently yesterday was the first day since records were kept when there was no rain anywhere in the country. :(

>55 PaulCranswick:

That would be great, Paul, and also sensible, I think: trust me, no-one knows better than I do the feeling of being overloaded with challenges. :D

>57 SqueakyChu:

Hi, Madeline! How lovely to get a visit from you. :)

That's amazing (and a bit scary)! BTW, just say the word...

Today, 6:21pm Top

>58 lyzard: Okay. Thanks. I'll keep your offer in mind.

Right now I'm trying to work my way through the over 450 books in my TBR...to see which books to read and which to cull. One problem is that I constantly get donations to my Little Free Library so I even don't get to the library much these days.

One other fun problem I have is that two local publishers have been sending me their ARCS which are VERY good so I never want to refuse them. Life simply does not provide enough time to do everything one wants!

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