Category Vintage Crime

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

It has been a while since I last read a novel by Agatha Christie. Back in 2017, I read the first six books in the Hercule Poirot series and really liked The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Most of the rest were good 3-star mysteries too, but I never warmed up to Poirot, so when I […]

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories Edited by Martin Edwards

When I saved this anthology to be read on Christmas Eve, I could imagine myself sitting by the window, enjoying the snowfall, while indulging in some crime classics and a hot brew. Alas, Michiganders didn’t have a White Christmas this time around – in fact not a whiff of snow yet – nonetheless, this book […]

Murder by Matchlight by E. C. R. Lorac

Murder by Matchlight is my first novel by E. C. R. Lorac, and it didn’t disappoint. It is set in London during the Blitz at a time when blackouts were enforced by the government, so that alone was enough to pique my interest in this classic who-dun-it. Murder by Matchlight opens with Bruce Mallaig wandering […]

The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons

After reading the outstanding vintage crime novel The Colour of Murder, I had an appetite for some more Julian Symons. And as luck would have it, British Library Crime Classics published another one of Symons’s books this month! Christopher Barrington is the narrator of The Belting Inheritance which is set in a grand old country house called the […]

The Colour Of Murder by Julian Symons

I think I have found my new favorite British Library Crime Classic! The Colour of Murder is a gripping novel broken into two sections. Part One: Before is a tale of psychological intrigue, which is followed by Part Two: After where courtroom drama takes place upon the discovery of the crime. Before opens with John […]

The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

It has been a while since I last read a Vintage Crime novel, so I decided to get back on track with Ellen Wilkinson’s The Division Bell Mystery. The Division Bell Mystery is the second novel I read this year written by a politician (the first being Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper), and Wilkinson’s mystery […]

Capital Crimes: London Mysteries Edited by Martin Edwards

After reading The Long Arm of the Law last month, I wanted to try another anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series. So this time around I picked Capital Crimes; a collection of London based crime stories put together by Martin Edwards, which as usual begins with Edward’s brilliant and informative introduction! Capital Crimes […]

The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories Edited by Martin Edwards

Before I started my vintage crime book per month project this year, the only Vintage Crime Classics I had read were Sherlock Holmes books. I remember thinking back when I was reading them how utterly helpless Inspector Lestrade would have been without the help of Holmes he received from time to time in solving crimes. […]

Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon

I’ve decided to take a small break from The Queen of Crime’s novels and turn to Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret series. I haven’t read novels by Simenon before, but I gather that he was a prolific writer – his Inspector Maigret series alone has 75 novels and 28 short stories. Pietr the Latvian written in […]

Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude

For me, Death Makes a Prophet ranks up there with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd when it comes to vintage crime novels. From the instant I started reading this book, I’ve been struggling to see how/ why it took me so long to come across John Bude’s novels. Maybe it’s because crime fiction in that […]

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

Agatha Christie had started writing The Mystery of the Blue Train while she was going through a rough patch in her personal life. Christie had already put out a book that she did not like (The Big Four) and according to her autobiography she never really liked The Mystery of the Blue Train either. While […]

The Big Four by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

The Big Four is a story about a gang of four super-villains who want to dominate the world. At the beginning of the novel, Poirot is the only one who is after the Big Four with officials thinking Poirot is following a mirage. So Captain Hastings, whose steadfast loyalty has been proven before, joins Poirot […]

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Book vs. TV)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous Poirot novels and considered to be a cornerstone of vintage crime fiction. The novel’s wow factor was not clear to me at the beginning; it started out quite ordinary. Roger Ackroyd knew too much about the affairs of the woman he had been […]

The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

The plot The Z Murders occurs over a short time-span of a day and a half. The story starts at around 5 AM in the morning when Richard Temperley arrives at Euston station. Temperley is expected at his sister’s house, but he doesn’t want to go there too early and bother the servants. Instead, he […]

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot Investigates is the third volume in Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. It is a collection of eleven short stories altogether, and I am having mixed feelings about it. In the opening story; The Adventure of The ‘Western Star’, we have a fabulous actress who has been receiving notes demanding that she returns her precious diamond […]