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It has been something of a vintage year and I am able to supply two lists – the first of mysteries published in 2009 (or at least the editions I read were published in 2009) and a second of mysteries published in previous years. I should be clear that the latter list does not include re-reads which accounts for the complete absence of any Golden Age material. Read the rest of this entry »

Ngaio Marsh –  Sisters In Jeopardy (1954)

Sisters in Jeopardy is a very odd entry in the Marsh canon. Alleyn, with Troy and young son Ricky in tow, set off to the South of France. Their purpose is, on Alleyn’s part to investigate an international drugs ring, whilst also having a family holiday; they also wish to make contact with a Mr Garbel who has written to Troy claiming to be her second cousin and happens to live in Rocqueville, which is near the house Alleyn has to penetrate. Read the rest of this entry »

In Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks John Curran has managed the paradoxical feat of producing a book which is on the one hand indispensible to the Christie aficionado, and on the other highly unsatisfactory. The book is the result of years of research into Christie’s so-called ‘secret notebooks’. In effect these were a series of notebooks in which – among shopping lists, reminders, much trivia of her everyday life – Christie jotted down plot ideas, from rudimentary outlines and single sentence concepts to fully developed schemes. Read the rest of this entry »

Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (TGWKTHN) (2009)

The third In Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, which has taken the mystery world by storm over the past two years, sees a rogue section within Sweden’s Intelligence Services (SAPO) determined to protect their secrets at any cost; to this end they need in particular to ensure that Lisbeth Salander, the trilogy’s protagonist, is once again certified as insane and immured in an asylum. Read the rest of this entry »

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