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. Connington First published: UK, Hodder & Stoughton, 1942; US, Little & Brown, 1942 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 (apparently in a Voodoo … 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. Connington First published: UK, Hodder & Stoughton, 1940; US, Little Brown, 1940 My review 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 … Continue reading The Four Defences (J.J. Connington)