Monday, January 17, 2022

Update week 3

Not much to report this week. I've been busy on the Petrona 2022 sending emails - more on that soon.

Reading-wise I'm still on Bones to Pick by Linda Lovely. The sleuth is vegan but I think vegan on health grounds rather than ethical as she wears suede and wool. It's an easy read but I've been distracted by the political chaos going on in the UK and reading more on The Guardian website than my book.

We finished Partisan which we liked but it left much unexplained. It was a five episode series but a sixth might have helped!

I've also been catching up on the 'Hallmark Mysteries' that have been on Channel 5 lately eg Ruby Herring, Mystery 101. Very easy to knit to.


Monday, January 10, 2022

Update week 2

Here's a little update on what I've been doing:

As well as publishing the January releases, I've manged to update the website as well.

I've finished both books I was reading and listening to in my last post: Murder on the Lusitania by Edward Marston and The Joy and Light Bus Company by Alexander McCall Smith (read by Adjoa Andoh). I enjoyed both. I will continue with the Ocean Liner series by Edward Marston for at least for another book. I enjoyed the history-side of the story more than the plot and characters but it's a nice light read. There are eight books in the series so it'll be interesting to see how the series is kept fresh when the setting is in effect the same.

I will listen to Adjoa Andoh read anything - if she stops narrating the Mma Ramotse series, I'm not sure if I would continue to read them! I probably would and hope that I hear her voice as I read.


As it's Veganuary, I have dug out a US Cozy - regular readers will know I have a penchant for them - which features a Vegan sleuth. I have a short list of Vegetarian sleuths and Linda Lovely's Brie Hooker series is the only adult vegan sleuth I've come across.

I've started the first book in this three-book series, which is Bones to Pick





On the TV, OH and I are watching the Swedish crime series, Partisan, starring Fares Fares, which you can watch on All4.




Saturday, January 08, 2022

Website Updates: January 2022

I've recently updated the main files on the Euro Crime website. "Euro Crime" includes both British and other European crime fiction writers (that have been published in English); non-British/European born crime writers who are strongly associated with British/European crime fiction (eg. Donna Leon), and crime writers in translation from outside of Europe.

My usual reminders regarding the New Releases page: 

1. The main by month/by author pages refer to when a book is published (in English) anywhere in the world however the 'by category ie historicaltranslated etc' is specific to when it's published in the UK.

2. When a book is released "early" in ebook I am taking the publication date as to be when the print edition comes out (this is the rule we use for determining Petrona Award eligibility).

As always, if you spot something wrong or missing, please do let me know.

Here's a summary of the usual updates:

The Author Websites page lists 1089 sites.

In Bibliographies there are bibliographies for 2959 authors (15542 titles of which 3108 are reviewed**).
**Some reviews will be provided by the Crime Review website

I've added new bibliographies for: R G Adams, Fredrik Backman, Anna Bailey, Tina Baker, Jane Bettany, Billy Billingham, D V Bishop, Sarah Blau, Ivana Bodrozic, R P Bolton, Sarah Bonner, Kate Bradley, Camilla Bruce, Mandy Byatt, Elisabeth Carpenter, Ajay Chowdhury, Ian Coates, Edel Coffey, J A Corrigan, Beth Cowan-Erskine, Helen Cox, Emma Curtis, N R Daws, Eloísa Díaz, Gary Donnelly, Holly Down, Philippa East, Kate Evans, David Fennell, Noah Fitz, Helene Flood, Michelle Frances, Anne Glenconner, Dawn Goodwin, Traci Hall, Emma Haughton, G D Higgins, Tom Hindle, Kim Hughes, Hannah King, Joy Kluver, Yun Ko-eun, Sarah Lawton, Georgina Lees, C C MacDonald, Imran Mahmood, Patricia Marques, D L Marshall, Nadine Matheson, Christina McDonald, Lynne McEwan, Ruth McIver, Ant Middleton, Lia Middleton, Johanna Mo, Ian Moore, Karen Nordin, Silje O Ulstein, Danny O'Leary, Sólveig Pálsdóttir, Ambrose Parry, Robert Peston, Allie Reynolds, Anders Roslund, Sadie Ryan, John Ryder, Louisa Scarr, Hansjorg Schneider, Samira Sedira, Louise Sharland, Gustaf Skördeman, Ruby Speechley, David Stafford, Lisa Stone, Catherine Talbot, Marion Todd, Mary Torjussen, Nancy Tucker, Yana Vagner, Maike Wetzel, Trevor Wood, Toshihiko Yahagi, Yulia Yakovleva, Masaya Yamaguchi and Kwon Yeo-Sun.
 

I've updated the bibliographies (ie added new titles) for: Cathy Ace, Jane Adams, Maria Adolfsson, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Stefan Ahnhem, Tasha Alexander, Hania Allen, Tove Alsterdal, Lin Anderson, Lawrence Anholt, Friedrich Ani, M J Arlidge, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Austin, Jean-Luc Bannalec, Jo Bannister, Lizzy Barber, Penny Batchelor, Belinda Bauer, M C Beaton, Natasha Bell, Lina Bengtsdotter, Tom Benjamin, Parker Bilal, Mark Billingham, Benjamin Black, Robin Blake, Sam Blake, Rachael Blok, Sharon Bolton, Katarzyna Bonda, Hilary Bonner, Oliver Bottini, Rhys Bowen, Tom Bradby, Lisa Bradley, Rebecca Bradley, Simon Brett, Neil Broadfoot, Frances Brody, Christopher Brookmyre, Eric Brown, Ken Bruen, Simone Buchholz, Fiona Buckley, Sheila Bugler, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Susanna Calkins, Stella Cameron, Andrea Camilleri, Ros Carne, Gianrico Carofiglio, Sam Carrington, Alan Carter, Will Carver, Jane Casey, Joyce Cato, Steve Cavanagh, Ray Celestin, Kimberley Chambers, Julia Chapman, A A Chaudhuri, Lee Child, Alys Clare, Cassandra Clark, Ann Cleeves, Rory Clements, Daniel Cole, Karen Cole, John Connolly, Simon Conway, Lesley Cookman, Julie Corbin, Jane Corry, James Craig, M W Craven, Elle Croft, Richard Crompton, A J Cross, Julia Crouch, Charles Cumming, Judith Cutler, Lisa Cutts, Alex Dahl, Kjell Ola Dahl, Emma Dakin, Luca D'Andrea, David Stuart Davies Martin Davies, Merilyn Davies, Michelle Davies, Augusto De Angelis, Maurizio De Giovanni, Anders de la Motte, Jason Dean, Will Dean, Victor del Arbol, Luke Delaney, James Delargy, Hannah Dennison, A A Dhand, Katerina Diamond, P C/Paul Doherty, Eva Dolan, Claire Douglas, Victoria Dowd, David Downing, Charlotte Duckworth, Margaret Duffy, Matthew Dunn, Marjorie Eccles, Martin Edwards, Rachel Edwards, Jim Eldridge, Lexie Elliott, Bella Ellis, Joy Ellis, Roger Jon/R J Ellory, Nuala Ellwood, Marc Elsberg, Katrine Engberg, Kjell Eriksson, Fiona Erskine, Andrew Ewart, Alice Feeney, Jessica Fellowes, Helen Fields, Charles Finch, Caz Finlay, Mick Finlay, Sebastian Fitzek, Marcello Fois, Christopher Fowler, Dick/Felix Francis, Matthew Frank, Dianne Freeman, Nicci French, John Fullerton, Santiago Gamboa, Frank Gardner, Elizabeth George, Carin Gerhardsen, Mario Giordano, Robert Goddard, Leonard Goldberg, Dolores Gordon-Smith, Claire Gradidge, Ann Granger, Alex Gray, Lisa Gray, Alex Grecian, Susanna Gregory, Elly Griffiths, Rebecca Griffiths, Emily Gunnis, Peter Guttridge, Lisa Hall, Janice Hallett, Karen Hamilton, Peter Hanington, C B Hanley, Mari Hannah, C S Harris, Oliver Harris, Cora Harrison, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Romy Hausmann, Alis Hawkins, Paula Hawkins, Sarah Hawkswood, Sam Hayes, Ruth Heald, Veronica Heley, Mandasue Heller, Mick Herron, Keigo Higashino, Sarah Hilary, Susan Hill, M K Hill, Suzette A Hill, Matt Hilton, SJI/Susi Holliday, Anne Holt, Noelle Holton, Anthony Horowitz, Jorn Lier Horst, Horst & Enger, Catherine Ryan Howard, Debbie Howells, Bogdan Hrib, Anna Lee Huber, Cara Hunter, Graham Hurley, Kotaro Isaka, Graham Ison, David Jackson, Bill James, Christina James, Peter James, Susanne Jansson, Quintin Jardine, Michael Jecks, Ragnar Jonasson, Philip Gwynne Jones, Sandie Jones, Alan Judd, Lesley Kara, Christobel Kent, Erin Kelly, Tony Kent, Lars Kepler, Simon Kernick, Yasmina Khadra, Vaseem Khan, Olivia Kiernan, Laurie R King, T E Kinsey, Erin Kinsley, Margaret Kirk, Bill Kitson, Alanna Knight, Joseph Knox, Roberta Kray, Lynda La Plante, Camilla Lackberg, L A Larkin, Antoine Laurain, Liz Lawler, Herve Le Corre, Stephen Leather, Adam Lebor, Anna Legat, Donna Leon, Niall Leonard, Howard Linskey, Catherine Lloyd, Chris Lloyd, Frances Lloyd, Gytha Lodge, Peter Lovesey, Christopher Lowery, Walter Lucius, Rachel Lynch, Siobhan MacDonald, Lorraine Mace, Niki Mackay, Clare Mackintosh, Torquil MacLeod, Susan Elia MacNeal, Adrian Magson, Karen Maitland, G M Malliet, Michael J Malone, Scott Mariani, David Mark, Laura Marshall, Edward Marston, Andrew Martin, Faith Martin, Guillermo Martinez, Priscilla Masters, Alyssa Maxwell, Luke McCallin, Val McDermid, Andy McDermott, Brian McGilloway, Liam McIlvanney, William McIlvanney, Fiona McIntosh, Catriona McPherson, Dervla McTiernan, Elmer Mendoza, Deon Meyer, Alex Michaelides, Sam Michaels, Denise Mina, D A Mishani, Caroline Mitchell, J S Monroe, Phoebe Morgan, Frank/T F Muir, Abir Mukherjee, Peter Murphy, Guillaume Musso, Barbara Nadel, Niklas Natt och Dag, Sarah J Naughton, Jo Nesbo, Hakan Nesser, Stuart Neville, Chris Nickson, Olivier Norek, Lauren North, Carlene O'Connor, Nick Oldham, Richard Osman, Darren O'Sullivan, James Oswald, Alan Parks, C L Pattison, Nell Pattison, Mary Paulson-Ellis, David Peace, Andrea Penrose, Anne Perry, S W Perry, Christoffer Petersen, Claudia Pineiro, Henry Porter, Laura Purcell, Jenny Quintana, Caro Ramsay, Deanna Raybourn, Sarah Rayne, Rebecca Reid, Rod Reynolds, Kate Rhodes, Matthew Richardson, Phil Rickman, Michael Ridpath, Mike Ripley, Craig Robertson, Michael Robotham, Gemma Rogers, Jacqui Rose, Rosemary Rowe, Jean-Christophe Rufin, Craig Russell, Leigh Russell, William Ryan, Kate Saunders, Alex Scarrow, Simon Scarrow, Katharine Schellman, Robert Scragg, Holly Seddon, Helen Sedgwick, Claire Seeber, Max Seeck, Mark Sennen, Gerald Seymour, Zoe Sharp, M B Shaw, William Shaw, Sara Sheridan, Mel Sherratt, Will Shindler, Jeffrey Siger, Lilja Sigurdardottir, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Georges Simenon, C J Skuse, Joanna Campbell Slan, Alex Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Anna Smith, Fiona Veitch Smith, Jo Spain, Sally Spencer, Gunnar Staalesen, Cath Staincliffe, Catherine Steadman, Peter Steiner, Linda Stratmann, S D Sykes, Maryla Szymiczkowa, Emma Tallon, Andrew Taylor, C L Taylor, Aline Templeton, Russ Thomas, Sherry Thomas, E S Thomson, Lesley Thomson, Marilyn Todd, Rebecca Tope, Peter Tremayne, Camilla Trinchieri, M J Trow, Lynne Truss, C J Tudor, Antti Tuomainen, Helene Tursten, L C Tyler, Christian Unge, Nicola Upson, Luca Veste, David P Wagner, Martin Walker, B P Walter, Alex Walters, Rhiannon Ward, Douglas Watt, Holly Watt, Kerry Watts, Daisy Waugh, Ashley Weaver, Tim Weaver, Louise Welsh, Jeri Westerson, Nicola White, S R White, Lucie Whitehouse Kevin Wignall, Kerry Wilkinson, Jacqueline Winspear, James Wolff, Tom Wood and Michael Wood. 

Friday, January 07, 2022

New Releases - January 2022

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in January 2022 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). January and future months can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. I've added the translator's name where known.

• Amphlett, Rachel - The Man Cave - Case Files
• Ani, Friedrich - Killing Happiness #2 Jakob Franck tr. Alexander Booth
• Bettany, Jane - Without a Trace #2 DI Isabel Blood, Derbyshire
• Blake, Sam - Remember My Name
• Bonner, Sarah - Her Perfect Twin
• Booth, Matthew - A Talent for Murder (ebook only) #1 Everett Carr, 1930s
• Brett, Simon - Blotto, Twinks and the Suspicious Guests #11 Brother and sister sleuths, Blotto and Twinks
• Brown, Eric - Murder Most Vile #9 Donald Langham, Crime Writer, London, 1955
• Byatt, Mandy - Just Another Liar
• Chase, Clare - Mystery at Magpie Lodge #7 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter
• Christie, Emma - Find Her First
• Cleeves, Ann - The Girls on the Shore #1 Detective Matthew Venn Novella
• Clements, Rory - The Man in the Bunker #6 Thomas Wilde, 1930s
• Coffey, Edel - Breaking Point
• Cooper, N A - Ripple Effect (ebook only)
• Crompton, Richard - Mountain of God #4 Mollel, a crime-solving former Maasai warrior, Nairobi, Kenya
• Dalgliesh, J M - Fool Me Twice (ebook only) #10 Tom Janssen, Norfolk
• D'Andrea, Luca - The Wanderer tr. Katherine Gregor
• de Gramont, Nina - The Christie Affair
• de la Motte, Anders - Dead of Winter #3 Seasons Quartet tr. Marlaine Delargy
• Dranfield, Wendy - The Birthday Party
• Dunphy, S A - Lost Graves #2 Boyle & Keneally
• Eldridge, Jim - Murder at the National Gallery #7 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
• Eriksson, Kjell - The Deathwatch Beetle #12 Detective Ann Lindell, Uppsala, Sweden tr. Paul Norlen
• Finney, Keith - A Deadly Mistake #3 Lipton St Faith Mysteries, Norfolk
• George, Elizabeth - Something to Hide #21 Inspector Thomas Lynley & Sergeant Barbara Havers
• Gibbons, Seán - Find The Killer (ebook only) #3 Ben Miller, Taxi Driver, Galway
• Gilman, David - Betrayal #2 Dan Raglan
• Goodwin, Dawn - What I Never Told You
• Grecian, Alex - One Eye Open
• Greenwood, Ross - Jail Break (ebook only)
• Hall, Traci - Murder at a Scottish Social #3 Paislee Shaw, Nairn, Scotland
• Hallett, Janice - The Twyford Code
• Halsall, Rona - The Guest Room (ebook only)
• Hannah, Sophie - The Couple at the Table
• Hewitt, J M - The Eight-Year Lie
• Hindle, Tom - A Fatal Crossing
• Holton, Noelle - Dead Mercy #5 DC Maggie Jamieson
• Howells, Debbie - The Secret
• Hutton, Callie - The Mystery of Albert E. Finch #3 Victorian Bookclub Mystery
• James, Bill - Low Pastures #36 DCS Harpur and ACC Iles
• Jensen, Louise - All For You
• Johnstone, Stuart - Into the Dark #2 Sergeant Don Colyear
• Kaya, Kerry - Under Dog (ebook only) #1 Carter Brothers
• Kepler, Lars - The Mirror Man #8 DI Joona Linna, Stockholm tr. Alice Menzies
• King, Hannah - She and I
• Kluver, Joy - Left for Dead #3 Detective Bernadette Noel
• Leather, Stephen - Standing Alone #2 Matt Standing
• Legat, Anna - At Death's Door #2 Shires Mysteries
• Louth, Nick - The Body Beneath the Willows #9 DCI Craig Gillard
• Manning, Nina - Queen Bee (ebook only)
• Mason, Simon - A Killing in November #1 DI Ray Wilkins, Oxford
• McCleave, Simon - The Lake Vyrnwy Killings (ebook only) #11 DI Ruth Hunter
• McIlvanney, Liam - The Heretic #2 DI Duncan McCormac, Glasgow
• McKenzie, Grant - The Seven Truths of Hannah Baxter (ebook only) #3 Ian Quinn
• McLean, Rachel - The Millionaire Murders #5 DCI Lesley Clarke, Dorset
• Mitchell, Caroline - The Village
• Moss, NJ - My Dead Husband (ebook only)
• Mullen, Owen - Hustle #3 Glass Family
• Natt och Dag, Niklas - 1794: The City Between the Bridges #2 Jean Mickel Cardell tr. Ebba Segerberg
• O'Brien, Jenny - Buried Lies #5 Detective Gaby Darin
• Perry, Tasmina - The Last Supper (ebook only) #2 Lara Stone, Investigative Reporter
• Phifer, Helen - Find the Girl #5 Detective Morgan Brookes
• Robertson, Craig - The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill (as C S Robertson)
• Rosenfeldt, Hans - Cry Wolf tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel
• Roy, Jacqueline - The Gosling Girl
• Russell, Leigh - Guilt Edged #17 DI Geraldine Steel
• Ryan, William - The Winter Guest (as W C Ryan)
• Savage, Caro - Hunted (ebook only)
• Scarrow, Alex - The Safe Place (ebook only) #5 DCI Boyd
• Schneider, Hansjorg - Silver Pebbles #2 Inspector Hunkeler tr. Mike Mitchell
• Staalesen, Gunnar - Bitter Flowers #9 Varg Veum, PI in Bergen, Norway tr. Don Bartlett
• Sten, Viveca - Buried in Secret #10 Sandhamn Murders tr. Marlaine Delargy
• Stratmann, Linda - Sherlock Holmes and the Explorers' Club (ebook only) #2 Early Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
• Thompson, Derek - West Country Murder (ebook only) #2 Detective Craig Wild
• Tope, Rebecca - The Threlkeld Theory #11 Persimmon Brown, Florist, Lake District
• Walker, Rosie - The House Fire
• Weatherley, Anna-Lou - The Night of the Party
• Welsh, Louise - The Second Cut #2 Rilke
• White, Nicola - The Burning Boy #3 Vincent Swan
• Wood, Trevor - Dead End Street #3 Jimmy Mullen, Newcastle
• Woods, Karen - Tease
• Wright, Adam J - House of the Dead (ebook only) #4 Murder Force

Monday, January 03, 2022

Welcome to 2022

Thank you to all the Euro Crime visitors - to the blog, the FaceBook page and/or the website - for your comments and emails, I do so appreciate them. I hope to post more regularly this year.
I'm still working on January's releases but it'll be up soon and I'll have news on the Petrona 2022 in due course as well. 

I haven't been reading lots during the pandemic so I haven't got a top ten of 2021 as such. I would point you at the Petrona 2021 shortlist and I also enjoyed The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson tr. Victoria Cribb. Other favourites from last year were The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac as part of my belated discovery of E C R Lorac.


I'm currently reading Murder on the Lusitania by Edward Marston - I own a twenty-year-old paperback copy of it from when it first came out as 'by Conrad Allen' - but am reading the just released kindle version. I also own a print version of the second book, Murder on the Mauretania, and am pleased to see that Allison & Busby are releasing all eight books in the series (at least on kindle) by June 2022.

I'm also listening to The Joy and Light Bus Company by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Adjoa Andoh, the twenty-second in the Mma Ramotswe series, one of the few series I'm up to date with. I'm relieved to see that volume twenty-three, A Song of Comfortable Chairs, is scheduled for September.




Sunday, December 12, 2021

New Releases - December 2021

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in December 2021 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). December and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. I've added the translator's name where known.

• Allen, Jo - Death in the Mist (ebook only) #7 DCI Jude Satterthwaite, Lake District
• Amphlett, Rachel - The Beachcomber #Case Files
• Anholt, Lawrence - Solstice of Death #3 DI Shanti Joyce & Vince Caine, the Mindful Detective
• Atkinson, Heather - Blood Ties #3 Gallowburn
• Bryndza, Robert - Darkness Falls #3 Kate Marshall
• Carrington, Sam - The Couple on Maple Drive
• Cookman, Lesley - Murder Most Merry (ebook only) Short Stories
• Cutts, Lisa - Murder at the Castle (ebook only) #2 Harry Powell & Belinda Penshurst
• Durrant, Helen H - Last Victim (ebook only) #5 DCI Rachel King
• Ellis, J R - Murder at St Anne's #7 Detective Chief Inspector Oldroyd, Yorkshire
• Gatward, D J - Cold Sanctuary (ebook only) #8 DCI Harry Grimm
• Gordon-Smith, Dolores - The Chapel in the Woods #11 Jack Haldean, 1920s
• Granger, Ann - Mystery in the Making #1 Short Story Collection
• Hanley, C B - By the Edge of the Sword #7 Edwin Weaver, C13
• Harrison, Cora - Spring of Hope #4 Gaslight Mystery
• Harte, Stephanie - Secrets and Lies
• Higashino, Keigo - Silent Parade #9 Detective Galileo tr. Giles Murray
• James, Ed - A Hill To Die On (ebook only) #8 DI Fenchurch, London
• Jones, Carys - We Are All Liars
• Kirk, JD - Come Hell or High Water #13 DCI Logan
• Kovach, Carla - Her Dying Wish #10 Detective Gina Harte
• Lees, Georgina - The Girl Upstairs
• Leitch, Fiona - A Cornish Christmas Murder #4 Jodie 'Nosey' Parker, Chef
• Lucius, Walter - A Sea of Flames #3 Heartland Trilogy tr. tbc
• Masters, Priscilla - Almost a Whisper #15 Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, Leek, Staffordshire
• Maxwell, Alyssa - A Deadly Endowment #7 Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery
• McCallin, Luke - Where God Does Not Walk #4 Captain Gregor Reinhardt, Military Intelligence Officer, 1943 Sarajevo
• McDonald, Chris - Mistletoe and Crime #5 Stonebridge Mysteries
• Michaud, Martin - The Devil's Choir #3 Victor Lessard, Montreal tr. Arthur Holden
• Moore, Ian - Death a la Cuisine #2 Follet Valley Mystery
• Nickson, Chris - The Blood Covenant #4 Simon Westow, Thief-taker, Regency Leeds
• Oliver, Katie - Pride, Prejudice, and Peril #1 Jane Austen Tea Society Mystery
• Pattison, Nell - Hide (apa Nowhere to Hide)
• Renshaw, Jane - The Stepson (ebook only)
• Rijks, Miranda - The New Neighbour (ebook only)
• Rose, Jacqui - The Streets
• Rufin, Jean-Christophe - The Hanged Man of Conakry tr. Alison Anderson
• Smith, Alex - Sweet Briar Rose #7 DCI Robert Kett, Norfolk
• Taylor, Marsali- A Shetland Winter Mystery #10 Shetland Sailing Mysteries
• Todd, Marilyn - Dead Drop (ebook only) #4 Julia McAllister, Victorian Era
• Yamaguchi, Masaya - Death of the Living Dead tr. Ho-Ling Wong

Thursday, November 18, 2021

E C R Lorac - These Names Make Clues

I mentioned E C R Lorac a few short months ago after having read Two Way-Murder. I've since read Crossed Skis under her pseudonym Carol Carnac, and These Names Make Clues.

These Names Make Clues was first published in 1937 and republished just last September.

Official blurb from amazon:

‘Should detectives go to parties? Was it consistent with the dignity of the Yard? The inspector tossed for it—and went.’

Chief Inspector Macdonald has been invited to a treasure hunt party at the house of Graham Coombe, the celebrated publisher of Murder by Mesmerism. Despite a handful of misgivings, the inspector joins a guestlist of novelists and thriller writers disguised on the night under literary pseudonyms. The fun comes to an abrupt end, however, when ‘Samuel Pepys’ is found dead in the telephone room in bizarre circumstances.

Amidst the confusion of too many fake names, clues, ciphers and convoluted alibis, Macdonald and his allies in the CID must unravel a truly tangled case in this metafictional masterpiece, which returns to print for the first time since its publication in 1937.


I enjoyed this very much, especially the first half at the treasure hunt party and I loved this sentence taken from the second half of the book, when a character (name omitted) gets lost and asks for help:

The errand boy thus addressed gave directions which involved too many "firsts on your right and thirds on your left" for XXXX to follow, but with a general sense of direction culled from the complicated instructions he turned down a narrow suburban road and was rewarded shortly by the sign of that gallant gentleman "Major Road ahead".

My favourite of the three I've read so far though is Crossed Skis, set partly in Austria and giving an enormous flavour of post-war life and travel, as well as a good puzzle.

Chief Inspector Macdonald returns in February 2022 in Post After Post-Mortem. In the meantime I hope to catch up with more of the British Library Crime Classics collection and listen to more Shedunnit podcasts, in particular a recent one which revisits E C R Lorac.