Christianna Brand

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Born: 17 December 1907, Malaya

Died: 11 March 1988, UK


Overview

“You have to reach for the greatest of the Great Names (Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen) to find Christianna Brand‘s rivals in the subtleties of the trade.” – Anthony Boucher

Brand’s novels are ultra-tricky whodunnits where every sentence is a clue, and with multiple solutions, red herrings, and stunning surprise solutions.  The only problem is that she didn’t write enough!

Her most famous book, Green for Danger, was filmed with Alastair Sim as Inspector Cockrill.

Best books

  • Green for Danger (1945)
  • Death of Jezebel (1949)
  • London Particular / Fog of Doubt (1952)
  • Tour de Force (1955)

Works

  1. Death in High Heels (1941; Inspector Charlesworth)
  2. Heads You Lose (1941; Inspector Cockrill)
  3. Green for Danger (1944; Inspector Cockrill)
  4. Suddenly at His Residence (1946; Inspector Cockrill; published in the US as The Crooked Wreath)
  5. Death of Jezebel (1948; Inspectors Cockrill & Charlesworth)
  6. Cat and Mouse (1950)
  7. London Particular (1952; Inspectors Cockrill & Charlesworth; published in the US as Fog of Doubt)
  8. Tour de Force (1955; Inspector Cockrill)
  9. What Dread Hand (1968; short stories)
  10. Brand X (1974; short stories)
  11. Alas, for Her that Met Me! (1976; as Mary Ann Ashe)
  12. A Ring of Roses (1977; as Mary Ann Ashe)
  13. The Honey Harlot (1978)
  14. The Rose in Darkness (1979)
  15. The Brides of Aberdar (1982)
  16. Buffet for Unwelcome Guests (1983; short stories)
  17. The Spotted Cat (2002; short stories)