Thirteen stories from 1925,30,33,39,43,59,84,86,87,91,94,95,96. Favorites:
“The Crime Of Miss Oyster Brown”(1991) – Peter Lovesey – Pearl and Oyster Brown are twins who have always lived together. Now they’re in their mid-fifties. One day Oyster steams an uncancelled stamp off a letter. She feels guilty. She burned her fingers when using the kettle. She goes to the chemist for some ointment and since he sold her the kettle he’s over anxious to see if it was defective and make it right. That starts a runaway train. To make matters worse Pearl is missing.
“Strychnine In The Soup” (1930)- P.G.Wodehouse – Two mystery lovers fall for each other. Her mother is also a mystery lover and an explorer. She thinks her daughter’s interior decorator husband is a pipsqueak because he’s never been in danger on safari. A new book called “Strychnine In The Soup” mat solve the problem. Typical Wodehouse wackiness.
“Murder At Rokeby House” (1995) – C.M.Chan – The Prendergasts’ have hit hard times. They’ve opened their estate to tourists. One day family friend and amateur detective Bethancourt is called on to lead a tour. He doesn’t know a thing about the paintings and objects. He decides to just have fun and lie about everything. The fun is over when he opens the billiard room door and sees a dead body on the table. The murdered man is Carrie Prendergast’s fiancee. No one likes him and even Carrie has been having second thoughts. A long story with a lot of suspects. It’s fun to follow the investigation.
“The Borgia Heirloom” (1987) – Julian Symons – A writer wants the story on a forty year old murder case. He gets more than he bargained for.
The Gallowglass (1986) – David Braly – In Ireland a home may be haunted by a gallowglass. That’s an Irish mercenary from the sixteen hundreds. He got paid in land grants. The current owner is found murdered in his locked library. He has a battleaxe in his chest. He was working on a sea camera. It’s a combination camera and computer that can take pictures of waterways and make them transparent. The plans are missing. Very entertaining story.
Other authors: Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton, Michael Innes, E.C. Bentley, Nell Lamburn, Christianna Brand, Ruth Rendell.