Wonderfully expressed and brilliantly incisive article by my friend Raicho Raichev


R.T. (Raicho) Raichev’s previous post for this site examined the short stories of P.D. James. Raicho is a lifelong fan of English crime fiction and wrote his university dissertation on the subject. In this new post he examines and compares some of the work of two stars of mystery’s Golden Age, Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. Two new stories in Raicho’s critically acclaimed Antonia Darcy and Major Payne mystery series are coming up in EQMM soon; the latest novel in that series is The Killing of Olga Klimt. This post goes up on its author’s birthday. From all of us at EQMM, Raicho, happy birthday!!—Janet Hutchings

Solutions revealed: Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, Endless Night

At a party at London’s Savoy Hotel two ladies are chatting amiably. One is in her late sixties, tall and hawk-nosed, wearing an elegant black dress and broad-brimmed black hat, elbow-length satin…

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A general explanation of my long silence can now be found on my main blog at http://movingtoyshop.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/my-silence-part-one-personal-and-political/ for anyone who might be interested. Read the rest of this entry »

I wrote to the BritishMysteries list that “The CWA Daggers for 2010 were announced on 8th October (I missed the televised ceremony). Read the rest of this entry »

Jeffrey Deaver – The Twelfth Card (2005)

Jeffrey Deaver is one of those best-selling American mystery writers whom I had I never read before and therefore The Twelfth Card, at a minimum, fills a gap in my knowledge. In fact I found it quite a surprising book. Read the rest of this entry »

In my review of Reginald Hill’s latest, The Woodcutter, at rte (see http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=8586) I concluded  “Do I think THE WOODCUTTER is in the highest rank of the Hill canon? No. Is THE WOODCUTTER a terrific mystery, a truly compelling novel and a must-read? You bet.” Read the rest of this entry »

Although all the reviews at ReviewingtheEvidence are of a high standard (including my own of course! :)) sometimes one comes along which really stands out. Such is Sharon Wheeler’s review of Rebecca Tope which appears in this (26th September) fortnight’s batch at http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=8577. Don’t miss it.

The following is a summary of a discussion which we held on the AlbertCampion list in April 2009 on the subject of our eponymous hero’s motivations. Read the rest of this entry »

A short discussion of The China Governess (1962), and then some debate on the nature/nurture questions it provokes, from May/June 2006.  Read the rest of this entry »

There have actually been two discussions of Hide My Eyes (aka Tether’s End) (1958) on the AlbertCampion list – in April 2006, and again on a particular aspect of the book in April 2009. It is impossible to discuss this book without spoilers. The exact ending is hidden and I will not reveal it, but the general plot is not in the form of a mystery.There is certainly no question of whodunnit, but if you have not finished the book it still might be wise to ignore this post until you have. Read the rest of this entry »

Some very brief notes on Coroner’s Pidgin (1945). Read the rest of this entry »

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