I usually do my book buying on Friday, both because Friday’s are payday, and because I’m always looking for new reading for the weekend. Today’s book haul is:
The Clue by Carolyn Wells: Initially published in 1909, this one has been picked up and republished by Open Road Media Mysterious Press, which is doing great work in republishing older mysteries. The Clue is the first book in Wells’s long running Fleming Stone series, and is (allegedly) a locked room mystery.
The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt: This book was originally published in 1970, which puts in the early third of Victoria Holt’s career. It’s been my experience that her earlier books are better, so I have high(ish) hopes for this one. This is a planned buddy read with my co-blogger, Obsidian Blue.
The Judas Window by John Dickson Carr: I’ve heard a lot about John Dickson Carr, but this is my first book by him. He is known for his locked room/impossible crime style mysteries. This one was published in 1938, and is the 8th in the Sir Henry Merrivale series.
The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham: This is the 14th Albert Campion mystery, and was published in 1952. I’ve only read one other Campion, The Crime at the Black Dudley, which was a bit disappointing, prior to this one. J.K. Rowling is a fan of this specific book. The Tiger in the Smoke is mentioned in Chapter 8 of The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (TSCC), the section on “Capital Crimes.”
The Medbury Fort Murder by George Linnelius: Another locked room mystery identified in TSCC, this one was published in 1929.
Capital Crimes (anthology) edited by Martin Edwards: I really enjoyed Miraculous Murders: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes, also edited by Martin Edwards. This anthology collects stories set in London, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not the hugest short story fan, but I love mysteries set in London.