Category Archives: Mystery

Frank Packard and Sexton Blake

The first Sexton Blake story appeared on 13 December 1893 in issue 6 of The Halfpenny Marvel.[1]  From these modest beginnings, “The Missing Millionaire” by Hal Meredeth (in actuality Harold Blyth), spawned a character that would endure for more than … Continue reading

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The Yellow Circle by Pearl Foley

Foley, Pearl. The Yellow Circle. Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd., 1937, pp. 315. Felix Bank cahier Stanley Melton is found dead at the bank one morning.  He has been shot.  Shortly thereafter, news is received that Major Reginald … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard

Packard, Frank L. The Adventures of Jimmie Dale. New York: George H. Doran Co., 1917. “Dear Philanthropic crook.” So begins each letter of instruction that the Gray Seal receives from the mysterious Tocsin.  The Gray Seal is the most audacious … Continue reading

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Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2013: Scattergories

The 2013 version of the Vintage Mystery Challenge is now up.  I will be participating again this year and there is a wide variety of categories available to select or slot novels into. Vintage Categories: 1. Colorful Crime: a book … Continue reading

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Vintage Mystery Challenge 2012 Wrap-up

It is the end of the year and, as usual I have not managed to blog nearly as much as I would liked to have.  The Vintage Mystery Challenge did get me blogging some.  The goal was to read at … Continue reading

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The Scorpion by Douglas Carey

Carey, Douglas. The Scorpion, A Limehouse Mystery. Ottawa: Graphic Publications, 1931 Thirty years ago, while living in China, four men looted the Temple of the Buddha of Scorpions.  The gems that they made off with formed the base on which … Continue reading

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Murder at Calamity House by Ann Cardwell

Cardwell, Ann. Murder at Calamity House. New York: Arcadia House, 1947, pp. 224. From the dust jacket: “Disaster, or something infinitely more terrifying, seemed always to be lurking in the shadowy halls and corners of Ashton Park.  It dwelt in … Continue reading

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