The Man Who Wasn’t There (Anthony Gilbert)

By Anthony Gilbert First published: UK, Collins, 1937 ★★★ My last Gilbert, I complained, was conventional.  Death at Four Corners (1929) showed a young author using the technique of one of the dominant writers of the day, and producing an average detective story - solid, well-constructed, rather dull - that lacked individuality. Half a dozen years later, Gilbert … Continue reading The Man Who Wasn’t There (Anthony Gilbert)

Death at Four Corners (Anthony Gilbert)

By Anthony Gilbert First published: UK, Collins, 1929 A corpse in clerical clothing is found on a platform overlooking the sea, near the estate of Sir Gervase Blount, nobleman and clergyman. The dead man has been shot through the head.  For good measure, he is clutching a button; has a livid blue mark round his … Continue reading Death at Four Corners (Anthony Gilbert)

The Case of the Tea-Cosy’s Aunt (Anthony Gilbert)

By Anthony GilbertFirst published: UK: Collins, 1942; US: Smith & Durrell, 1943, as Death in the Blackout ★★★ The last detective story I read before this was William Gore's Murder Most Artistic, published in 1937, and not reprinted until the boom of eBooks made rarities possible.  It was easy to see why that one was … Continue reading The Case of the Tea-Cosy’s Aunt (Anthony Gilbert)