Reviews by Iris Zawilski

The Queen of Hearts

by Wilkie Collins

I have read a number of Wilkie's books and basically have been disappointed. I was about ready to quit on this one when it got good. In this book, his usual sappy, predictable main plot is happily derailed by the telling of a number of short stories, somewhat in the spirit of the 1001 Arabian Nights. Although some of the stories are better than others, they are mostly worth the effort.

Reviewed on 2010.09.15

The Case of Janissary

by Arthur Morrison

I enjoy old-time mysteries but sadly, well-written ones are few and far between. I've had to delete a lot of them after the first few chapters. Not Morrison though. His stories are little gems. This one is about Dorrington, his unethical investigator. Normally I don't enjoy this type of protagonist, but I make an exception for Dorrington.

Also try some of Morrison's Martin Hewitt stories - they are excellent also.

Reviewed on 2009.07.04

The Narrative of Mr. James Rigby

by Arthur Morrison

Well written and engrossing, like all of Morrison's stories. I often delete mysteries after a few chapters because the writers are hacks who are deservedly unknown. Morrison is always definitely worth the download.

This story was my introduction to Dorrington. I shall say no more about him!

Reviewed on 2009.07.04

The Agony Column

by Earl Derr Biggers

Highly recommended. Enjoyed every minute of it!

Reviewed on 2008.10.26

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