A thriller full of secret passages, yachts, underground mazes, radio cryptograms, and gangs of gunmen.
A church minister and one of his parishioners have apparently killed themselves in a suicide pact. But does this mystery have sects appeal?
A double murder and the début of Sir Clinton Driffield.
By J. J. ConningtonFirst published: UK: Hodder & Stoughton, 1942; US: Little & Brown, 1942 ★★★★ Source: Facsimile Dust Jackets LLC After our foray into decadence with Lynn Brock, we return to the sober, straightforward detective story – where the victim is eaten by an African big cat, somewhere in the Home Counties. White cocks are beheaded … Continue reading No Past is Dead (J.J. Connington)
By J. J. Connington First published: UK, Hodder & Stoughton, 1941; US, Little Brown, 1941 Blurb (UK) The Constable was content to call it a suicide pact. All the obvious facts were in favour of this solution. The bodies of John Barrett and Mrs. Callis were discovered in a lovers’ nook among some bracken. Beside them … Continue reading The 21 Clues (J.J. Connington)
By J. J. ConningtonFirst published: UK: Hodder & Stoughton, 1940; US: Little Brown, 1940 ★★★ I knew two things about this book before I started: 1) it was the pure puzzle at its most crosswordy and complicated; 2) it was one of Connington's most ingenious books. Neither is true. I expected a damn dry slog through … Continue reading The Four Defences (J. J. Connington)