No Past is Dead (J.J. Connington)

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)

The Four Defences (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)