Tag Archives: 1940s

1984, by George Orwell: An Authoritarianism Book Club Review

This is not the first time that I’ve read 1984. But now, the world of Oceania, of purge and Newspeak and Airstrip One and betrayal and IngSoc, doesn’t seem all that far off. It is April 5, 2017, and the … Continue reading

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Laurels Are Poison, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

The 14th Mrs. Bradley novel marks the opening of a new era for the character, and also does an admirable job of papering over the cracks in the gap between the first thirteen, pre-Laura Menzies novels, and all that were … Continue reading

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When Last I Died, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

The thirteenth mystery novel published to feature the crocodilian psychologist Mrs. Bradley, 1941’s When Last I Died marries elements of several of the previous books (particularly the confused identities of The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop with the sustained menace … Continue reading

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The Seven Stones Mystery, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

Rather than being predictable and surprising no-one with a simple review of Miss Mitchell’s cracking When Last I Died (though fear not, that review is coming shortly), I’ve elected to delve into a far more obscure corner of her oeuvre, … Continue reading

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Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp: A Review

It has happened to all of us, I’m sure. You’re wandering around Rome, trying to get a better look at the Pantheon when, unexpectedly, you find that you have inexplicably travelled back in time by 1,400 years, and have arrived … Continue reading

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Bodies in a Bookshop, by R.T. Campbell: A Review

I’ve mentioned my quest for lost classics of the mystery genre before. Well, perhaps “quest” is overstating the matter… let’s call it a “casual search.” I’m generally on the look-out for mysteries that I’ve never encountered before, or authors of … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Solar Pons, by August Derleth: A Review

A sadly inferior knock-off of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Solar Pons is here presented in twelve tales as a sort of successor to Conan Doyle’s great fictional detective. August Derleth, the Wisconsinite founder of the legendary publisher Arkham House, was … Continue reading

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