Punshon promises a criminal “fine dining” experience … and serves brown Windsor soup.
Theme and limited variations in this Much Middle-ing Punshon.
Westshire hasn’t had a murder for 40 years, until an inoffensive commercial traveller is bashed on the head in a copse
A load of Cobblers.
Bobby Owen encounters his most formidable adversary yet.
Less a mystery than a gang feud in which Bobby Owen intervenes.
Gangsters and the rightful heir to the throne in a fast-paced case for Bobby Owen.
This was part of my History Honours, in 2004. Britain in the 1930s is often typified as ignorant of the situation in Nazi Germany. E.R. Punshon’s Crossword Mystery (1934) discusses the Terror: anti-Semitism, concentration camps and brutal oppression. Would Punshon’s readership (the educated middle-class) have known of these things by the book’s publication in June … Continue reading E.R. Punshon’s Crossword Mystery and the Nazis
By E.R. Punshon First published: UK: Gollancz, 1941 A solid but conventional Punshon. One of the things that attracts me to Punshon’s work, as to that of Carr, Chesterton and Mitchell, is his baroque style – his gleeful convolution and darkly fantastical plots. Ten Star Clues, on the other hand, is a rehashed Victorian melodrama. It … Continue reading Ten Star Clues (E.R. Punshon)
By E.R. Punshon First published: UK: Gollancz, 1940 One of Punshon’s oddest books. Bobby Owen is transferred to Wychshire to act as secretary to the Chief Constable and is plunged into the strange case of a she-devil who makes men fall in love with her, bleeds them dry and then kills them. Although a passing knowledge … Continue reading Four Strange Women (E.R. Punshon)