Tagged with melodrama

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

The Gate Marked Private (1928) by Ethel M Dell

Book review by Sylvia Dunkley: I listened with fascination to all the tales of rape and violence in most of the books by Ethel M Dell read by the other members of the Monday Reading Group. The Gate Marked Private contains nothing like that; just two kisses, one of which is portrayed as ‘a short … Continue reading

Helen of Four Gates (1917) by Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth’s previous novel, Miss Nobody (1913), had not been a commercial success, and that may be one of the reasons why her new publisher, Herbert Jenkins, chose to issue this one anonymously as by ‘An Ex Mill Girl’. Some reviewers found the pseudonym confusing; it suggested that they would be reading an account … Continue reading