Josephine Bell

Pseudonym of Doris Bell Collier

Born: 8 December 1897, Manchester, UK

Died: 24 April 1987


Rankings of Bells read

A

  • Death at Half-term (school seen from the outside, unlike Blake’s Question of Proof or Mitchell’s Tom Brown’s Body, but still very good; excellent murder)
  • Death at the Medical Board (excellent misdirection and a nicely tangled plot)

B

  • Fall over Cliff

C

  • Murder in Hospital (good setting, bad plot)
  • Death in Clairvoyance (solid, but dull – of course, this is the opinion of a 16 y.o. who preferred Carr!)
  • The China Round-about (very cluttered, but fun)
  • The Upfold Witch
  • A Hole in the Ground

D

  • The Summer School Mystery (homicidal lesbians)
  • Death in Retirement
  • Double Doom
  • The House Above the River (ANXIETY!)
  • Easy Prey
  • A Swan-Song Betrayed

Works

  1. Murder in Hospital (1937; Dr. Wintringham)
  2. Death on the Borough Council (1937; Dr. Wintringham)
  3. Fall Over Cliff (1938; Dr. Wintringham)
  4. The Port of London Murders (1938; Dr. Wintringham)
  5. Death at Half-Term (1939; Dr. Wintringham; also published as Curtain Call for a Corpse)
  6. From Natural Causes (1939; Dr. Wintringham)
  7. All is Vanity (1940; Dr. Wintringham)
  8. Trouble at Wrekin Farm (1942)
  9. Death at the Medical Board (1944; Dr. Wintringham)
  10. Death in Clairvoyance (1949; Dr. Wintringham)
  11. The Summer School Mystery (1950; Dr. Wintringham)
  12. To Let, Furnished (1952; also published as Strangers on a Cliff)
  13. Bones in the Barrow (1953; Dr. Wintringham)
  14. Fires at Fairlawn (1954)
  15. Death in Retirement (1956)
  16. The China Roundabout (1956; ; Dr. Wintringham; also published as Murder on the Merry-go-round)
  17. Double Doom (1957)
  18. The Seeing Eye (1958; Dr. Wintringham)
  19. The House Above the River (1959)
  20. Easy Prey (1959)
  21. A Well-Known Face (1960)
  22. New People at the Hollies (1961)
  23. Adventure with Crime (1962)
  24. A Flat Tyre in Fulham (1963; also published as Fiasco in Fulham and Room for a Body)
  25. The Hunter and the Trapped (1963)
  26. The Upfold Witch (1964)
  27. No Escape (1965)
  28. Death on the Reserve (1966)
  29. The Catalyst (1966)
  30. Death of a Con Man (1968)
  31. The Wilberforce Legacy (1969)
  32. The Fennister Affair (1969)
  33. A Hydra with Six Heads (1970)
  34. A Hole in the Ground (1971)
  35. Death of a Poison-Tongue (1972)
  36. A Pigeon Among the Cats (1974)
  37. Victim (1975)
  38. The Trouble in Hunter Ward (1976)
  39. Such a Nice Client (1977; also published as The Stroke of Death)
  40. A Swan-Song Betrayed (1978; also published as Treachery in Type)
  41. Wolf! Wolf! (1979)
  42. A Question of Inheritance (1980)
  43. The Innocent (1982; also published as A Deadly Place to Stay)