The Lottery and Other Stories

Title: The Lottery and Other Stories Writer: Shirley Jackson Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: October 2009  Rating: 5 stars ”The only town lights were the street lights, the lights in the all-night lunchstand across the street, and the one remaining counter lamp in the bus station where the girl sat in the…

The Doll: Short Stories

Title: The Doll: Short Stories Writer: Daphne du Maurier Publishing House: Virago Modern Classics Date of Publication: 2011 Rating: 5 stars ”There was only the island. Beyond it lay the ghostly, the intangible; the truth was in the seared rock, in the touch of the soil, in the sound of the waves breaking against the…

Checkmate to Murder

Title: Checkmate to Murder Writer: E.C.R.Lorac Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: August 10th 2020 (first published 1944) Rating: 5 stars As London descends into the familiar darkness of war, a man of questionable morality is murdered. The fog cannot hide the frightened young man who is arrested for the murder of his…

Murder of a Lady

Title: Murder of a Lady Writer: Anthony Wynne Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: January 4th 2016 (first published 1931) Rating: 5 stars ”Autumn was dressing herself in her scarlets and saffrons; already the air held that magical quality of light which belongs only to diminishing days and which seems to be…

Death of a Bookseller

Title: Death of a Bookseller Writer: Bernard J. Farmer Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication:  March 17th 2022 (first published 1931) Rating: 5 stars A book collector is found murdered in his study, surrounded by valuable volumes. His friend, Sergeant Wigan, helps in arresting the alleged murderer. But what if the wrong…

Α Little London Scandal

Title: A Little London Scandal Writer: Miranda Emmerson Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: August 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’And I know I don’t really fit in but someone has to ask the questions.’’ Anna Treadway embarks on a quest in what many consider the ‘’shady’’ parts of London, to save a young…

O Caledonia

Title: O Caledonia Writer: Elspeth Barker Publishing House: Weidenfeld Nicolson Date of Publication: March 29th 2022 (first published August 19th 1991) Rating: 5 stars ‘’At night, when the moon is high it beams through the dying cockatoo and casts his blood drops in a  chain of rubies on to the flagstones of the hall. Here…

Black Narcissus

Title: Black Narcissus Writer: Rumer Godden Publishing House: Virago Press (UK) Date of Publication: February 1st 2013 (first published 1939) Ratings: 5 stars ‘’Look at the eagles,’ he said. In the gulf eagles were flying, circling round one small spot in the air. Higher and higher they flew, but still they could not reach the…

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Title: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars Writer: Miranda Emmerson Publishing House: 4th Estate GB Date of Publication:  August 2nd 2017 (first published February 28th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Everything can be given a price if someone chooses’, her mother said. ‘It doesn’t have to make sense to us, Anna. So little of the…

The Ghost Factory

Title: The Ghost Factory Writer: Jenny McCartney Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 21st 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We called our situation the Troubles, and the longer it had dragged on the more fitting that genteel euphemism became. The murdering was sporadic but fully expected, like some recurrent, rumbling agony in your unmentionables….

Panics

Title: Panics (original title: Viens Writer: Barbara Molinard (translated by Emma Ramadan) Publishing House: The Feminist Press Date of Publication:  August 9th 2022 (first published 1969) Rating: 5 stars ‘’EVERYTHING BARBARA MOLLINARD HAS WRITTEN HAS BEEN TORN TO SHREDS.  The texts that follow were also torn to shreds. They were put back together, torn up…

Offshore

Title: Offshore Writer: Penelope Fitzgerald Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 28th 2013 (first published 1979) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can’t do the things that women can’t do,’ she said. ‘I can’t turn over The Times so that the pages lie flat, I can’t fold up a map in the right creases, I…

The Schoolhouse

Title:The Schoolhouse Writer: Sophie Ward Publishing House: Corsair Date of Publication: May 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The university library was housed in an unimposing corner of North London, halfway up the Holloway Road. A small campus occupied the grounds of a former landfill site and seagulls still circled overhead, drawn by the scent of…

Minor Hauntings (Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth)

Title: Minor Hauntings: Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth Writer: Various edited by Jen Baker Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: April 29th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Many years ago there stood at the corner of the street leading out of Upper Kennington – lane a great red-brick mansion, which one very wet evening,…

The Trouble With Happiness

Title: The Trouble With Happiness and Other Stories Writer: Tove Ditlevsen (translated by Michael Favala Goldman) Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars “There is nothing so merciful as love.” The Umbrella: An umbrella becomes the metaphor for a young woman’s unsatisfactory life in the hands of a cruel,…

The Dollmaker of Krakow

Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow Writer: R. M. Romero Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication: September 6th 2018 (first published September 12th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Across the sea, however, was a dark country. Its residents, huge rats whose appetites seemed as great as the ocean itself, had been crafted by a wicked witch…

Winter’s Tales

Title: Winter’s Tales (original title: Vinter- Eventyr) Writer: Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: September 27th 2001 (first published 1942) Rating: 5 stars ‘’You have drunk with Sunniva now,’’ she said. ‘’You have drunk down a little wisdom, so that in the future all your thoughts shall not fall…

Murder After Christmas

Title: Murder After Christmas Writer: Rupert Latimer Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2021 (first published 1944) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Anyway, Christmas is a time for forgetting the past and burying hatchets, isn’t it?’’ ‘’What about after Christmas’’, said Frank. ‘’Now you’re making difficulties’’, said Rhoda.’’ The arrival of Uncle…

Τhe Christmas Egg

Title: The Christmas Egg Writer: Mary Kelly Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2019 (first published 1958) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Princess Karukhina once had been used to lying in a carved bed inlaid with mother-of-pearl, between silk sheets changed daily, covered with down quilts and white urs. The walls of…

A Surprise for Christmas

Title: A Surprise for Christmas Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was Christmas Eve and nearly five of the clock, but an afternoon less like the traditional ideas of the seasons would be hard to imagine. True, a little…