Michael Innes series of detective stories are curiously uneven. Some of them are pure romps (Appleby’s End) and some are serious exploration of interesting topics, like the stage craft in Hamlet Revenge. This book begins in farce with witches, disappearing cart horses and pecular elderly relatives and then moves to consideration of themes of mass hysteria, crows physiology and misuse of “science”. It is hard to suspend the belief that the whole adventure is impossible: a member of the British police force would hardly be allowed to take off on a wild goose chase that includes an extended trip up the Amazon river and a protracted stay on an island in the middle of the river, surrounded by cannibals and crocodiles..
Mary Roberts Rinehart is one of the classic mystery witers, along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham. this book is one of the ones that made her reputaton. It has all the classic elements: an isolated coutry house, noises in the night, an nkonwn person dead in a locked huse....
This first book in an on-going mystery series about a single mother and her catering business in Colorado presents the main characters and their back story. It is a pleasant story with interesting people, somewhat exaggerated in behavior. Having read the first three books, in which a different member of Goldie’s family is threatened. I have been interested enough to downloaded the nest to hear who will be the next potential victim
The description of the catering business forms a background, and the food is lovingly described. Some recipes are included.
This is the last book in a long series of mysteries by Ngaio Marsh. It is set in the theater world, on of her favorite themes, and is a revisit to the Dolphin Theater and the main characters of the earlier book :Killer Dolphin”. It features a fascinating description of a novel version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and of the actors .
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