Reviews by Dai Alanye

The Lamp That Went Out

by G.I. Colbron and A. Groner

Yes, there's no doubt that Muller is different, as the authors take great pains to inform us. What makes these worth reading, though, is the difference in old Austrian society from our own, more than Muller's detecting. While ingenious, the clues too often fall into Muller's hands, and his initial hypothesies are too often right on the money.

Reviewed on 2013.09.21

The Hand in the Dark

by Arthur J. Rees

Over the past several months I've read numerous mysteries written from post US Civil War to the great Depression. Though some have been interesting, the majority have been unlikely, dependent upon coincidence or weakly written. Hand in the Dark is the best I've yet read.

It's lengthy but complex, covering a gruesome and puzzling murder that occurs in an English country home, and reviewing the individual reasonings of three competing detectives.

I'll be looking for more by Arthur Rees.

Reviewed on 2013.09.13

The Illustrious Prince

by E. Phillips Oppenheim

I'm no fan of Oppenheim. He uses language well but often plots poorly, has limited characters, and his premises are questionable. Illustrious Prince is the most preposterous story of his that I've yet read.

Reviewed on 2013.09.13

The Diamond Cross Mystery

by Chester K. Steele

Puzzled by a complex murder--the victim having been electrocuted, poisoned, head-bashed and stabbed? And what of all the clocks being stopped at different times, eh? Fortunately the next murder is simpler, no electricity being involved.

Not to worry, for Colonel R E Lee Ashley, America's answer to Inspector Clouseau, is on the job, sneaking and eavesdropping everywhere in the hopes that the murderer will inadvertently confess. Poor fish!

Reviewed on 2013.09.06

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