The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – October 2018

So it’s October 31st, the traditional holiday of turning all the lights off and pretending not to be home. Bloody Hallowe’en. But as it’s the end of the month, it’s also time for my Review of the Month, along with the awarding of the Puzzly – my book of the month award.

Eleven books in all, not a bad haul for October, and it includes the first half of my Countdown To Review 1000, where I try ten Golden Age writers that I’ve yet to experience. The last five, plus the 1000th review will be coming next month…

Anyway, the books in question were:

It’s been a bit of a disappointing month with few true classic mysteries. Luckily there was one that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Best of the rest was definitely Dead On Time but Puzzle For Wantons walks away with the Puzzly for October.

Next month, the last five Countdown books, the actual 1000th review and then? Who knows? Well, actually I do, as I’ve got a pile of titles lined up. But more on that next month…


  1. Bravo for Wilson & Webb! They are IMO the best of the American mystery writers from the post WW2 era. Better than Helen McCloy who held that honor with me for several years. I think for me it would be a toss-up between Witting and Quentin. But not having yet read PUZZLE FOR WANTONS I can’t tell you if I agree.


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