Wednesday, the 21st of April, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

Today I am back to my endless pile (e-books) of Golden Age Mysteries, one I randomly downloaded because it sounded interesting. This one is Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, first published in 1937.

This is number 13 in the Robert Macdonald series by the author. In this one author Bruce Attleton dazzled the London literary scene with his first two novels. But this early promise bears no fruit much to the disappointment of his wife, the glittering actress Sybilla. The two live in Regent Park but lead separate lives. Bruce is suddenly called away on a trip to Paris from which he disappears. All that is found is his suitcase and passport in a sinister artist’s studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house on Notting Hill. It falls to Inspector Robert Macdonald to unravel his secrets and track down a blackmailer. Although the description doesn’t specify it, there is a murder as well as I can see from reviews of the book.

E.C.R. Lorac was one of the pseudonyms of English author Edith Caroline Rivett, born in Hendon, Middlesex. A prolific writer, she wrote forty-eight mysteries under her first pseudonym and twenty-three under another. She was also a member of the Detection Club.

A golden age mystery, set in 1930s London–is just my cup of tea. While E.C.R. Lorac isn’t an author I’ve read before, reviews by my Goodreads friends are quite positive and this is a genre I enjoy so I am quite willing to give this one a try.

Have you read this one or any others by this author? Which one/s and how did you find it/them? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!

Find Lisa’s pick this week Slayer by Kiersten White here

Cover image, book and author details as always from Goodreads here and here


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