The Murder of Sigurd Sharon (Harriette Ashbrook)

By Harriette AshbrookFirst published: US: Coward McCann, 1933. Available on Kindle. Cecily Thane was an orthodox Vancian investigation; Steven Kester was a country house mystery. In her third mystery, Ashbrook tries the ‘hero walks into enigmatic situation’. Spike Tracy’s car breaks down in Vermont; high-spirited Jill takes him home to meet her family, whom she … Continue reading The Murder of Sigurd Sharon (Harriette Ashbrook)

The Ginger Cat Mystery (Forsythe)

By Robin Forsythe First published: UK, 1935 Like Forsythe’s other detective stories, this is a pleasant but minor work. A businessman dies, apparently from natural causes, soon after marrying his much younger second wife; his body is exhumed, but no trace of foul play is found. Then his son, who pushed for the autopsy, is … Continue reading The Ginger Cat Mystery (Forsythe)

H.R.F. Keating: The crime novel as fable

Based on Masters thesis, University of Sydney, 2010 The Puzzle Doctor was unamused by Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker. "Is there a great Inspector Ghote book that I must read?" he wondered. Probably, but not if he expects a detective story... Keating, a gentle, whimsical writer, was less concerned with plot and detection than with … Continue reading H.R.F. Keating: The crime novel as fable

Greetings, puny humans, from the space year 2020

Happy New Year, Terrans and other sentient lifeforms! And welcome to the future! I’m tired; I’ve just flown by jetpack from Mars Colony Five to my parents’ habidome halfway down the Mariana Trench. I’m telepathically dictating this with my cerebral augs while enjoying a revitalizing course of electro-stimulation. In the next room, I can hear … Continue reading Greetings, puny humans, from the space year 2020