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Short reviews of classic mystery novels and stories that are worth reading and re-reading

Classic Mysteries Les Blatt, 2014

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    • 4.6, 43 Ratings

Short reviews of classic mystery novels and stories that are worth reading and re-reading

    "The Night of the Wolf," by Paul Halter

    "The Night of the Wolf," by Paul Halter

    "But that's impossible!" Or maybe not. Not when the story you're reading comes from Paul Halter, a modern French author with a gift for impossible crime stories. Ten short stories by Halter, translated by John Pugmire. Savor the (im)possibilities.

    • 4 min
    "The Sybil in Her Grave," by Sarah Caudwell

    "The Sybil in Her Grave," by Sarah Caudwell

    When a small group of neighbors is getting successful stock tips from a self-styled "psychic," sudden death may not be quite as accidental as you think

    • 6 min
    "The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel," by Christopher Bush

    "The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel," by Christopher Bush

    Henry Clandon wanted to hire Ludovic Travers to find the war hero who saved his life. But Clandon forgot to mention a few obstacles to the search - including murder.

    • 4 min
    "The Case of the Flowery Corpse," by Christopher Bush

    "The Case of the Flowery Corpse," by Christopher Bush

    Ludovic Travers was nearly run off the road by a car driven by a man dying of atropine poisoning. But Ludo - and the police - found that the deeper they dug into a case of murder, the more bizarre the clues became.

    • 5 min
    "Death in Fancy Dress," by Anthony Gilbert

    "Death in Fancy Dress," by Anthony Gilbert

    A blackmailer is driving victims to suicide when they cannot meet payment demands in this classic country house mystery from a top author of the Golden Age.

    • 5 min
    "Evil Under the Sun," by Agatha Christie

    "Evil Under the Sun," by Agatha Christie

    The beauty of Arlena Stuart Marshall moved nearly everyone she met either to love her or to hate her. Everyone knew who loved her - but only Hercule Poirot could learn who hated her enough to kill her.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

ALJScott ,

Four star

I love this review of golden age mysteries. It’s so relaxing. I look forward to each new review. One question though have you ever reviewed any Mickey Spillane books?

C. Reaves ,

Worthwhile podcast

I can’t get enough. I love the golden age mysteries and this podcast gives you just enough info to peak your interest. Fun and informative.

Anoй ,

A cozy listen

After a stressful day, I love sitting down to listen to Les Blatt's thoughtful reviews. They offer some history and insight all by themselves, even if I wasn't constantly on the hunt for new mystery novels. This podcast somehow captures the coziness of reading a classic mystery too. I really enjoy Les' work.

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