The Sad Variety

The Sad Variety

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYThe government's security department have asked private detective Nigel Strangeways to keep a discreet eye on Professor Alfred Wagley, a research scientist who is spending the Christmas holidays in the South-West of England. But someone else is also very interested in the professor and his work, and when his young daughter is kidnapped, Nigel finds himself in a race to avert a tragedy.A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin More Work for the Undertaker The Tiger in the...
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End of Chapter

End of Chapter

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYWenham & Geraldine are a long-established and very well respected publishing firm, so when a printer's proof is sabotaged and libellous passages are mysteriously reinstated, they call in private detective Nigel Strangeways. But the situation takes a turn for the worse when one of the publishers' best-selling authors - glamorous novelist Millicent Miles - is found dead in the offices.A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin More Work for the Undertaker The Tiger in the...
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A Tangled Web

A Tangled Web

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

Hugo Chesterman has been sentenced to death for murdering a policeman. What is his story and will an appeal be successful? For the young, and pretty, Daisy Bland it all started when she literally bumped into Hugo Chesterman and fell madly in love. She gives up her job to lead a topsy turvy existence, reliant financially upon Hugo's success as a "commission agent". Her trust in Hugo, and in his acquaintances, mean that she is slow to pick up clues on what is happening around her. They terminate the lease on their Maida Vale rooms and take a holiday at the seaside. After losing a nest egg set aside for the baby, Hugo's need to make amends leads him into a new venture that ends in his downfall. Distraught at their circumstances, and with a baby on the way, Daisy rallies round to take on a purposefulness and strong impetus to save Hugo.
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The Worm of Death

The Worm of Death

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYSeveral days after private detective and poet Nigel Strangeways dines with Dr Piers Loudon and his family, the doctor vanishes, only for his legless corpse to be fished out of the river Thames. When his family ask Nigel to protect their interests during the police investigation, it soon becomes apparent that each member of the deceased's family, from his adopted son to his daughter's unpleasant fiancée, had a strong motive for killing him. As the winter fog swirls outside, Nigel must find his way through a maze of conflicting stories, missing diaries and red herrings.A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.
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Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY Private detective Nigel Strangeways receives a call for help from Wonderland, a new holiday camp that has recently opened only to be plagued by a series of cruel practical jokes conducted by someone calling themselves 'The Mad Hatter'. The camp's owners are convinced a rival firm, desperate to put them out of business, are behind the events. Or could it be a disgruntled employee, or even one of the four hundred guests currently staying at the camp? As the pranks become increasingly dangerous and tensions rise, Nigel must do all he can to uncover the Mad Hatter's true identity - before it's too late.A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIESMARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger...
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The Dreadful Hollow

The Dreadful Hollow

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYSomeone is sending poison pen letters in the small village of Prior's Umborne, and they have already driven one of the inhabitants to suicide. Private detective Nigel Strangeways is commissioned to find the source of the letters by arrogant financier Sir Archibald Blick, whose two sons live in the village, only for Sir Archibald to meet an untimely end at the bottom of the dreadful hollow...A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin More Work for the Undertaker...
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The Case of the Abominable Snowman

The Case of the Abominable Snowman

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYPoet turned detective Nigel Strangeways is summoned to Easterham Manor in the depths of winter to investigate a series of strange events, which culminate in the apparent suicide of a wealthy young woman whose behaviour has scandalised the village. As Nigel begins his investigations into the dead girl's past it soon becomes clear that someone in the manor is trying to hide something, and they will stop at nothing to keep their secrets safe.A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin...
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Head of a Traveller

Head of a Traveller

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYStaying with a friend in Oxfordshire, poet turned amateur detective Nigel Strangeways pays a visit to Robert Seaton, a distinguished British poet whom Nigel greatly admires but whose reputation has been on the decline of late. Seaton proves to be an irascible, temperamental man, and his unconventional household, featuring a resentful daughter and mute dwarf servant, simmers with tension. When a headless corpse is found floating in the river by the Seaton's house just a few weeks later, the poet becomes the prime suspect. But whose body is it?A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the...
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The Beast Must Die

The Beast Must Die

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYRespected crime writer Frank Cairns plots the perfect murder - a murder that he himself will commit. Cairns intends to murder the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son, but when his intended victim is found dead and Cairns becomes the prime suspect, the author insists that he has been framed. An old friend of Cairns calls in private detective Nigel Strangeways, who must unravel a fiendishly plotted mystery if he is to discover what really happened to George Rattery.The Beast Must Die is one of Nicholas Blake's most acclaimed novels and was picked by the Observer as one of the 1,000 novels everyone must read.A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIESMARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral
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The Deadly Joker

The Deadly Joker

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

Netherplash Cantorum in Dorset was the village John Waterson and his young wife chose to live in after his retirement. In the event, this idyllic spot had one severe but unforeseeable drawback: among its inhabitants was a practical joker whose fertile mind ran to the most bizarre and grotesque designs. The Village was no place for a quite retirement, or for a gentle recuperation from the nervous breakdown that had afflicted Waterson's wife. In Netherplash Cantorum you couldn't tell what was going to happen next. Extra-ordinary events tripped over each other. Maybe it was just good fun - or fairly good fun, except that it became less and less funny, and eventually someone died hideously and painfully of it. There has never been a village murder story with a flavour comparable to that of The Deadly Joker. The weird events at Netherplash Contorum are made fascinating and convincing by characters who are both bizarre and credible, including the beautiful Indian Vera Paston, the...
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The Widow's Cruise

The Widow's Cruise

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIESMARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin More Work for the Undertaker The Tiger in the Smoke The Beckoning Lady Hide My Eyes The China Governess The Mind Readers Cargo of Eagles E. F. BENSONThe Blotting BookThe Luck of the Vails NICHOLAS BLAKEA Question of ProofThou Shell of DeathThere's Trouble BrewingThe Beast Must DieThe Smiler With the KnifeMalice in WonderlandThe Case of the Abominable SnowmanMinute for...
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The Morning After Death

The Morning After Death

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin More Work for the Undertaker The Tiger in the Smoke The Beckoning Lady Hide My Eyes The China Governess The Mind Readers Cargo of Eagles E. F. BENSONThe Blotting BookThe Luck of the Vails NICHOLAS BLAKEA Question of ProofThou Shell of DeathThere's Trouble BrewingThe Beast Must DieThe Smiler With the KnifeMalice in WonderlandThe Case of the Abominable SnowmanMinute for...
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Minute for Murder

Minute for Murder

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYThe Second World War has just finished and amateur detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is working at the Ministry of Morale in London, in the Visual Propaganda Division.With war over, life seems to be calm again, that is until the Director's beautiful secretary is poisoned in full view of seven members of the division, including Nigel himself. Who could have killed her? And how?A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.;MORE VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERIES MARGERY ALLINGHAMMystery Mile Police at the Funeral Sweet Danger Flowers for the Judge The Case of the Late Pig The Fashion in Shrouds Traitor's PurseCoroner's Pidgin More Work for the Undertaker The Tiger in...
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The Private Wound

The Private Wound

Nicholas Blake

Mystery & Thrillers / Poetry / Children's Books

In the West of Ireland in 1939 a young novelist rents a lonely cottage to write his new book in peace. Almost at once, and without great resistance, he is seduced by the wife of the local squire. Harriet's husband is an older man - hot-tempered, impoverished, gone to seed - who once fought famously against the Black and Tans. Soon this eternal triangle becomes a local scandal, and the atmosphere of threat and violence, intensified by the approaching war in Europe, leads to a horrific murder. The Private Wound is Nicholas Blake's last book, written with such intensity of feeling and depth of character that it is widely regarded as his best.
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