Only a few examples survive today from the post-postmortem distribution of her book collection. One fine exemplar of the type of English mysteries she collected is an old copy (a rare hardback member of her largely paperback collection) of Anthony Berkeley's The Silk Stocking Murders....Other survivors of this obsessive phase of Mother's mystery collection are two works by J. S. Fletcher: The Time-Worn Tower [sic; it is Town] and The Yorkshire Moorland Murder....From the once vast collection also a work by the prolific Francis Beeding, followed by Paul and Mabel Thorne's The Sheridan Road Mystery and Milton M. Popper's The Strange Disappearance of Mary Young. Unusually for my Mother's collection, the latter volume is an American novel, with the action situated in Philadelphia, but I quickly find the explanation for this odd exception to her rigid rule. The book had been given to my Aunt Tinsie on February 24, 1936, just over a year before her death."
This is an except from Robert Sidney Pace's Finding My Father: The Lifelong Quest by an Iwo Jima's Marine's Son to Know the Man Who Was His Father (2009), available on Amazon.
Do you know anyone like Mr. Pace's mother? Are you like Mrs. Pace's mother? I believe she was born in 1919, lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania and started on her Anglophile British mystery book binge in the 1990s.
Mr. Pace's (Great) Aunt Sarah Matilda "Tinsie" Sweitzer (1877-1937) was, interestingly, the Assistant Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Power & Light Company in Allentown. Milton Propper, about whom I have blogged, set his detective novels in Philadelphia.
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Oddly enough, I have read both those J. S. Fletcher murder mysteries! I didn't find either of them cloying, nor were they country house mysteries.
I had never heard of Paul and Mabel Thorne, however, let alone read them. The Sheridan Road Mystery was first published by Dodd, Mead in 1921. You can get it for FREE on Kindle, it seems, or in a pb edition from a micro-publisher, Resurrected Press. It is set in Chicago--maybe another of Aunt Tinsie's?