Douglas William Jerrold and a great-niece of William Blanchard Jerrold) and she turned to writing at a young age. Before her two detective novels appeared she had published poetry as a teenager in the 1910s and in the 1920s she produced four mainstream novels. Her mainstream novels were praised for their narrative charm and appealing characters, qualities that enhance her detective fiction as well. Besides being engagingly written, Jerrold's detective novels are well-plotted, satisfying the exacting standards of the Detection Club at this time, as well as such purist puzzle sticklers as Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor (see A Catalogue of Crime).
The Studio Crime is set in London, where on a foggy night foul murder fells a malicious artist at his studio in St. John's Wood. Jerrold's amateur sleuth, John Christmas, happens to be on hand, at a friend's party at a flat on a lower floor; and he is soon investigating a baffling murder case involving a locked door, a cryptic message from a dead man, a vanishing lady and an intriguing individual in a fez. You might see certain resemblances to Golden Age murder master John Dickson Carr in all this.
|the second John Christmas mystery|
Dead Man's Quarry boasts such classic English mystery elements as quaint country villages, rustic inns and cottages, an ancestral manor house, a frontispiece map and an engaging (and ultimately poignant) love triangle.
Fans of England's Golden Age Crime Queens--Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh--should enjoy excavating Quarry, a notable precursor of the Thirties English manners mystery. Indeed, both Dead Man's Quarry and The Studio Crime are admirably accomplished detective novels, long overdue for recovery. The two novels will be available worldwide, in both paper and electronic editions, later this Spring, courtesy of Dean Street Press. And more is yet to come.
I am entranced by the idea of the "intriguing individual in a fez." That if nothing else (and there is else) would make me put these on the TBF (To Be Found) list....ReplyDelete
I had to wonder if The Studio Crime inspired Carr, as a man with a fez plays a role in two novels of his that I can think of.Delete
These are must have's. Glad to know that these will have softcover editions. I believe these will be the first US publication for each, assuming that Dean Street Press is based in the US. I'll check out their website.ReplyDelete
DSP is based in UK, but they will be available in the US through Amazon.Delete
These look splendid.ReplyDelete
Ace covers too. I assume these are for the upcoming Dean Street editions?
Oh, yes. These are the first since the originals.Delete
Great news - especially that these will also be on paper - suhpoib!ReplyDelete
Looks like Dean Street Press books are also available for Kindle, which for me is even better than paperback.ReplyDelete
Paperback and Kindle, so all should be happy--except for those who only want hardcover!ReplyDelete