Book Review: Tokyo Express by Seichō Matsumoto and translated by Jesse Kirkwood

My thanks to Penguin Press UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Tokyo Express is a Japanese mystery/detective novel by Seichō Matsumoto, first published in 1958 and in this version, translated by Jesse Kirkwood. Having only read two of Seishi Yokomizo’s Kindaichi mysteries so far, when this showed up on NetGalley, I…

Book Review: Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo and translated by Louise Heal Kawai

My thanks to Pushkin Press and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo, first published in 1971 is the fourth of Yokomizo’s mysteries to be published in translation by Pushkin Press under their Pushkin Vertigo imprint, from the series featuring his detective Kindaichi Kosuke, which has 77…

Book Review: Sam and James: A Test of Will by A. A. Freda

My thanks to author A. A. Freda for a review copy of this book via BookTasters. Sam and James: A Test of Will is the third of the series by author A.A. Freda to feature his characters Samantha Powers, the daughter of a minister who is married to James Coppi, a former street-hustler and Vietnam…

Book Review: Murder at Claridge’s by Jim Eldridge

My thanks to Allison & Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Murder at Claridge’s is the third of the historical Hotel Mysteries series by Jim Eldridge and the second that I’m reading and reviewing (I also read and enjoyed book 2, Murder at the Savoy, last year). The series is a…

Book Review: In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson

My thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an invitation to read this book via NetGalley. In Place of Fear is a piece of historical fiction, and a mystery set in post-World-War-II Edinburgh against the backdrop of the introduction of the NHS. Our protagonist Helen Crowther is a young woman, about to begin a new job…

Book Review: Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R. Lorac #1954Club

Shroud of Darkness, the fortieth book in the Robert Macdonald series of books by British author Edith Caroline Rivett, writing as E. C. R. Lorac was my third pick for Karen and Simon’s #1954Club. With some elements that one typically encounters in quite a few Golden Age mysteries—the London Fog and a train journey—the book…

Guest Post: Book Review: Good Work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton #1954Club

Today, we have my mother's third pick for the #1954Club, Good Work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton! If you were a child in the fifties and sixties, Enid Blyton’s child detective series would have been an essential part of your existence. The Five Findouters and Buster, the Famous Five and Timmy, the Barney “R” Mysteries…

Guest Post: Book Review: The Case of the Restless Redhead by Erle Stanley Gardner #1954Club

#1954Club time—what fun! I started joining in for Kaggsy and Simon’s club reads since last year and find them so much fun; a great way to explore books published in a year and also discover numerous new books and authors (and make some new blogging friends as well). When 1954 was first picked, I found…