And There There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

  'Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were Nine... One little soldier boy left all alone;He went and hanged himself and then there were None.'         An old nursery rhyme forms the backdrop to Christie’s murder mystery, And Then There Were None.Ten strangers, … Continue reading And There There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (1949)

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey was written a year after The Franchise Affair and is a mystery without a detective. I've mentioned before that Josephine Tey's books are very original, and Brat Farrar is no exception. Tey's detective, Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, doesn't even get a mention in this book, and in fact, … Continue reading Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (1949)