The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – September 2017

Ah, September. The month that always ends up being a bit of a lull in my reading, due to the start of the school year getting in the way. It’s not been a disaster, book-wise, but I’d wish there had been a few more quiet moments to curl up with a good book. Or any book, really, but a good one would be preferably.

Book-wise, I read eight titles – listed below, including one to tick off on my attempt to read as many of Martin Edwards’ 100 Books as possible – but also managed a few decent purchases – the prize pick was A Will In The Way by Miles Burton, but also managed to snaffle a couple more from Brian Flynn and the terribly titled By Registered Post by John Rhode. Unfortunately a copy of the equally-thrillingly titled The Paper Bag was outside my budget…

I wonder – did I cause the prices of Brian Flynn’s work to inflate? I got the two Flynn books on eBay – an unabridged Case Of The Black Twenty-Two and Invisible Death – but was bidding against someone who definitely cost me an tenner or so… were they bidding out of interest generated by me? Was it you? Have I shot myself in the foot by reviewing Flynn’s work? Oh, while I’m on the subject of Flynn, I’ve made a page cataloguing my reviews and purchases. Oh, and the Rhode/Burton page is up to date now as well.

Meanwhile, this month – the books in question were:

A strong showing this month all round, with all the books coming recommended – although I think I admired Verdict of Twelve rather than actually enjoying it. I think the standout titles were probably… crikey, all of them. But just edging it…

… well, I really enjoyed Black Agent and not just because of the cover I had to make for it. Who doesn’t love a polar bear? Actually, scrap that – it was rubbish. Stop buying Brian Flynn novels, and if you’ve got any, I’ll take them off your hands for you to save you the hassle.

I seriously doubt that worked, but it was worth a try…

But maybe just edging it – just – it’s another fun mystery novel, namely Death Makes A Prophet by John Bude, a highly entertaining tale of murder in a cult. There’s a nice central idea to the crime as well, but to go into that would be spoiling things. So congratulations (posthumously) to John Bude and thanks to the British Library from bringing out this one.

Next up – more from John Street’s aliases and Brian Flynn, the latest from Frances Brody and a collection of locked room mysteries from throughout time and space – well, the last century and around the world, courtesy of Locked Room International. And possible some musings on a couple of topics… if I can make my musings make sense, although that never usually stops me…


  1. Looking forward to your musings. You are obviously a victim of your own success. You’ve made Flynn such a intriguing writer that everyone now wants to buy him. I think I once managed to do this with Yolanda Foldes as the couple of copies under a tenner all rapidly disappeared a few days after my review.


  2. Sigh. I don’t know why you two are out to bankrupt me, but that’s one reason why I try to limit myself to books in print (at least electronically) and/or with enough second-hand copies floating around to make them readily accessible both for me and for my readers. OK, mostly for me. Hmpf.

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  3. With posts like these, you are at risk of giving people the idea to start running pump-and-dump schemes for out of print mystery books!


    • For the uninitiated, pump and dump in this context would be me praising a dodgy book to the heavens and then making a fortune flogging my copy of it. Well, that’s not going to happen here as I’ve no plan to sell my books…


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