Uncommon Danger (1937) by Eric Ambler

Book Review by George S: Kenton is a journalist taking a train from Berlin to Vienna. Sachs, a rather dubious stranger, persuades him to carry some documents through customs. When he goes to deliver them to the man’s hotel in Vienna, he finds him murdered. This beginning, which reminded me of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine … Continue reading

Journey into Fear (1940) – Eric Ambler

Book review by Jane V: I enjoyed reading this book, despite my preconceived notions of not liking spy novels! The situation is this: The tale is set in 1940, during the period known as ‘the phoney war’, before WW2 had got seriously into gear. The story begins in Istanbul where our malgre-lui hero is found … Continue reading

The Bungalow Mystery (1923) by Annie Haynes

Book Review by Sylvia D: Haynes was born in Leicestershire in 1865. By 1908 she was living in London with the daughter of an eminent orthopaedic surgeon who introduced her to literary and feminist circles, the members of whom gave Haynes their support. She wrote newspaper serial novels followed by 12 mysteries published between 1923 … Continue reading

Grey Mask (1929) by Patricia Wentworth

Book Review by George S: Charles Moray comes back from four years abroad, and is surprised to find that his empty house is being used as the meeting-place of a criminal gang, led by a terrifying man in a grey mask. He is even more concerned to find that his ex-fiancée, Margaret, seems to be … Continue reading

The Founder of the House (1935) by Naomi Jacob

Book Review by Frances S: The Founder of House is described as the first volume of Naomi Jacob’s seven-volume Gollantz saga, which seemed a good place to start but probably wasn’t. More of that later. The story opens in Paris at the home and showroom of Fernando Meldola, a Jewish antique dealer in his early … Continue reading

The Young Clementina (1935) by D.E. Stevenson

Book review by George S: I ordered this book from Kindle as The Young Clementina, partly because its cover picture suggested a light and jolly romp. Only later did I discover that back in 1935, its title was the more ominous Divorced From Reality; then in 1966 it was reissued as Miss Dean’s Dilemma. And … Continue reading