The first book in a series of British mystery novels. But our detective is non-other than a plucky, whip-smart 11 year old girl. Who loves chemistry, scientific exploration, and especially poisons. I believe Flavia and Sherlock Holmes could have had some interesting conversations. Though smart and curious Flavia still remains an 11-year-old girl and tormented younger sister of two older sisters.
Set in the summer of 1950 at the decaying mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce finds herself surrounded by curious happenings. First a dead bird appears on their doorstep with a postage stamp pinned to its beak. But more worrisome is how this unnerves her usually steadfast father. Just hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in their cucumber patch and hears him utter his last words.
Flavia is both appalled and delighted as she says “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
A little known detective story by the author of The Once and Future King and The Book of Merlyn. Starting off with a closed room mystery Inspector Buller is soon confronted with two other superstitious deaths at a prestigious college. Frustrated by his inability to prove who the murderer is even the villain confesses in private to him, the Inspector decides to resign from Scotland Yard. The story moves to the estate where two of his friends live. Made famous by Jane Austen, Pemberley, is our majestic setting for evil. The killer determines to kill Sir Charles and endangers the life of Detective Buller’s one true love. The action picks up once the killer manages to hide in the house. What follows includes car chases, kidnapping, poison gas, grinning skulls and a dangerous maze of a chimney system. Sir Charles and Inspector Buller must wrestle with their conscious. Could they kill the man if it’s the only way Sir Charles and his sister will be safe?
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in to investigate a politically sensitive case involving the death of a local Anglican priest who is hosting a secret international meeting of religious leaders. Among the guests is a quiet unassuming priest, serving as an interpreter for one of the foreign guests, Father Brown. Holmes races against the clock to solve this murder before the word spreads to the visiting priests consulates and a murder becomes an international incident. He is assisted as always by Watson and an occasional well-timed question or comment by Father Brown.
This new mystery author weaves a cozy mystery around a strong female protagonist left widowed after WWI and set in the British countryside of a wool mill town. Kate Shackleton agrees to help a friend from the war days find out what happened to her father before the friend’s wedding day. Kate hopes to find the father alive so he can walk his daughter down the aisle, but warns her friend the truth may be much more unpleasant.
I don’t often like Sherlock Holmes mysteries written by someone other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but this is a different take on the ongoing Holmes persona and popularity that still exists in today’s society. Clever Idea and a mystery that keeps you guessing. I will definitely go back and read the first book in this series and watch for new ones to come out.
When brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath choose 221B Baker Street as the location for their law office, they don’t expect that their new office space would come with one huge stipulation, answering the letters sent to Sherlock Holmes, the most famous resident of that address in a timely fashion and no form letters allowed.
Reggie is distressed because the love of his life, actress Laura Rankin is gallivanting around with media mogul Lord Buxton. Reggie is working on a new case involving one of London’s Black Cab drivers who is accused of murdering two American tourists, the letters to Sherlock Holmes are piling up. There’s even one from someone who claims to be the descendent of Professor James Moriarty. Nigel has to return from the United States to help out his brother with his case and the mysterious letters.
Hercule Poirot is the featured detective in this book though he is barely mentioned in the first half of the novel. Events are seen through the eyes of two other characters and then Poirot is asked to investigate the death of a tyrannical matriarch at Petra. Was it murder or was the journey to beautiful Petra just to much for her?