Tag Archives: 1930s

Grand Master, by Gladys Mitchell (writing as Stephen Hockaby): A Review

Some Background Detective writer Gladys Mitchell (who I may have mentioned elsewhere) also wrote under two pseudonyms during her long career. In the 1960s and early ’70s, she was also Malcolm Torrie, and in this guise authored six interesting novels … Continue reading

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Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited, by Aldous Huxley: A Review

Brave New World holds one of those distinctive places in literature, that of a book that people “know,” in some sense, even if they haven’t read it. Like its colleague in dystopian imaginings, 1984, Brave New World is a book … Continue reading

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It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis: A Review

I’ve struggled with writing a review after my second reading of It Can’t Happen Here. That’s not in any way due to the inherent difficulty of the material or concepts. It is due to the density of the novel’s writing, … Continue reading

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Dead Men’s Morris, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

The seventh mystery featuring Gladys Mitchell’s crocodilian sleuth, Mrs. Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, is set in the depths of rural Oxfordshire presumably in the middle-1930s. As Miss Mitchell spent her youth in the village of Cowley, south-east of Oxford town, … Continue reading

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Death at the Opera, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

An unpopular and demuring school-mistress is drowned in a basin during a performance of The Mikado. But neither the outraged spirits of Gilbert nor Sullivan are present to account for the other events which surround the death of Miss Calma … Continue reading

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Malice Aforethought, by Francis Iles: A Review

Being the “first” at something is sometimes assumed to mean that that “first” instance is also the “best” instance. Of course, some firsts are unequivocal. Take  Malice Aforethought (1931), which is widely considered the first of its kind in mystery … Continue reading

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Antidote to Venom, by Freeman Wills Crofts: A Review

I’ll admit my shallowness when I say that the first thing that attracted me to the British Library Crime Classics reprint series was their covers, specifically, those of the John Bude tales, which reproduced the beautiful railway travel posters of … Continue reading

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