Death of a Bookseller by Bernard J. Farmer (1956)

At the end of a long shift,Sergeant Wigan escorts a drunk man home. Mike Fisk, a trader in rare books, invites Wigan in to see his collection rare books. A friendship develops between the two, leading Wigan into beginning his own book collection. But then Mike is found murdered, and one of his extremely rare …

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Middlebrow Syllabus #22–The Hollow by Agatha Christie (1946)

Invited to The Hollow for lunch, Hercule Poirot is extremely irritated to find that his host has arranged a melodrama to greet him with. A man lies at the edge of the pool, red paint drips gently into the water. A woman stands over him with a gun in her hand. Several others stand on …

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Death of an Author by E. C. R. Lorac (1935)

Eleanor Clarke has occasionally, and at the insistence of her employer, the reclusive author Vivian Lestrange, impersonated him in public. So when she reports his possible disappearance to the police, they are somewhat sceptical. Inspector Bond thinks Eleanor is the author, and she’s trying to drum up publicity—and make him look like a mug while …

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Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley (1933)

Roger Sheringham is attending a fancy dress party at which he is the guest of honor. His host, Ronald Stratton, has decreed that the guests dress as famous murderers or victims. He’s also had a gallows built on the roof, hanging from which are three figures, one woman and two men. They’re stuffed dummies of …

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