I often find I have a little difficulty with reviewing detective stories, because if you don’t want to give too much away you can’t really talk about the plot! So what I decided to do today is round up my three most recent reads from the Crime Classics series into one post, so you can get a glimpse of each and how I felt about them. All three of these were review copies sent free of charge by British Library Publishing, and as always all opinions are my own. Obviously, content warnings for death and murder apply to them all.
Tag: british library crime classics
Book Review: The Mysterious Mr Badman by WF Harvey
I had so much fun with this slightly ridiculous classic mystery set in a second-hand bookshop!
Book Review: The White Priory Murders by Carter Dickson
A fiendish wintry mystery that’s perfect for reading in the colder weather!
Book Review: Crook O’Lune by ECR Lorac
This pastoral mystery is a little bit less dramatic than some of the other entries in the Crime Classics series, but it’s a very atmospheric rural read!
Book Review: Final Acts, edited by Martin Edwards
Another fabulous Crime Classics anthology, this time with a theatrical theme!
Book Review: Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand
I really loved the first of Brand’s mysteries that I read, Green for Danger (find my review here), and this second one was just as delightful!
Book Review: Death on the Downbeat by Sebastian Farr
This delightful classic crime novel is unusual for being told wholly through letters and cuttings!
Book Review: The Seat of the Scornful by John Dickson Carr
This mystery, set in Devon in the 1930s, is a small-scale but very tight and twisty thriller that is perfect for a Sunday afternoon read!
Review: Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
This mystery, originally published in 1944 and set in a military hospital during the Blitz, is a fun and fiendish puzzle with a soapy hospital drama feel!
Review: The Edinburgh Mystery and Other Tales of Scottish Crime
This collection of classic crime short stories with Scottish links is full of variety, and perfect to dip into for some atmospheric tales…