Dramatis Personae The Household Lord Benjamin Petty . . . master of Dungarees Castle Lady Henrietta “Hetty” Petty . . . his wife, a former movie star Worth . . . the butler* Peter Moss . . . the gardener Gladys . . . the housemaid** The Guests Countess Sophronia Lancaster . . . eldest … Continue reading MURDER AT DUNGAREES-PART ONE: An Unexpected Guest
Is your social calendar a bit light this month? Are you craving the society of irascible people? Do you fancy a peek into a 1920’s country house party where anything can happen – and where you might have a say in what follows? To be honest, I don’t know what will follow, but here is … Continue reading YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED . . .
I have to admit I’ve been stressed for about . . . three and a half years. Bernie Sanders said recently that the current health crisis is “on the scale of major war,” but I’ve felt battle-scarred, mostly by tweet, for some time now. And now, thanks to COVID-19, I’m in exile: our schools have … Continue reading MAY I SUGGEST YOU READ A MURDER MYSTERY?
Thanks to Curtis Evans of The Passing Tramp, I was introduced to Harriet Rutland, who had the gall to: a. be a good mystery writer, and b. only write three books. (That tends to be the sort of author Curtis comes up with!) Thanks to the folks at Dean Street Press, all three novels are … Continue reading SWING LOW, SWEET HARRIET: Blue Murder, by Harriet Rutland
Say what you like about Jeff Bezos and his insidious plan to take over the free market – the guy knows what I like. All I do is buy a few things (a week), and my home page zings with spot-on recommendations. As you might imagine, a lot of them have to do with classic … Continue reading FRIEDMAN’S FACE-OFF WITH FAN FICTION
Far be it from me not to cave into peer pressure. When Kate Jackson reviewed the English translation of a French graphic novel placing seven members of the famed Detection Club into an actual mystery, I snapped like a long bean. Despite the fact that the English translation of this comic book mystery is … Continue reading MURDER GETS GRAPHIC: The Detection Club, by Jean Harambat
Ladies, has this ever happened to you? You are knee deep in the busiest, most frantic month of the year – oh, let’s call it January. You have mountains of responsibilities, from tending to the needs and emotional meltdowns of over a hundred people, most of them children, in pursuit of a finished goal (the … Continue reading SICK IN BED WITH MY TBR