Tagged with thriller

Torment for Trixie (1950) by Hank Janson

Book review by George S.: Torment for Trixie is the seventeenth of the over two hundred novels published under the name of Hank Janson, and in this one the detective hero (also called Hank Janson) is on his best behaviour. . What makes the novel quite interesting is that it was written when local police … Continue reading

Ride the Pink Horse (1946) by Dorothy B Hughes

Book Review by Jane V: I fetched a deep sigh on contemplating November’s ‘hard-boiled fiction’ assignment. I didn’t look forward to reading about testosterone fuelled guys gunning up freeways, slugging each other and knocking back immoderate amounts of whiskey. So I decided to find out if any female writers had attempted the genre, thinking that … Continue reading

Blood Royal (1929) by Dornford Yates

Book review by George Simmers: This is the third of Dornford Yates’s ‘Chandos’ novels, and the first not to feature Jonah Mansel. Mansel had followed the Bulldog Drummond pattern for a twenties action hero – he was an ex-soldier sorting out peacetime problems by bringing into play the attitudes and skills learned in war. In … Continue reading

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

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