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The Twenty Third Man by Gladys Mitchell Synopsis

A brief synopsis and review of The Twenty Third Man by Gladys Mitchell

There they sat round a table in a cave near the top of a mountain on the island of Hombres Muerios - the twenty-three dead kings, masked, embalmed, and clad in their robes of state.
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Ellery Queen - Information About the Authors behind the name

Besides being the gentleman detective whose apartment on West 87th Street, New York, is as well known as Sherlock Holmes’ flat in Baker Street, London, and whose father is Inspector Richard Queen of the New York Police Department, Ellery Queen is a writer composed of two individuals, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee.
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GDH and M Cole Biography - A Brief History

Some background information on G.D.H. Cole and Margaret Cole

G. D. H. Cole, (he only son of a surveyor and estate agent, took 10 books and writing from his schooldays at St. Paul’s. After his Oxford days he taught philosophy at Durham University, and then, first, economies and later, politics at Oxford, where he is now Professor of Social and Political Theory, Fellow of All Souls and Nuffield Colleges, and Hon.
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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie First Edition Book

One of the best known Miss Marple mysteries and very collectable - a synopsis, sample and information on how to identify a first edition of Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
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Mary Fitt Biography - In Her Own Words !

A Brief Summary of Mary Fitt by … Mary Fitt !

Asked for a biography, Mary Fict says :
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The Moth Watch Murders By Miles Burton

The Moth Watch Murders By Miles Burton
Information on how to identify a first edition book for collectors and synopsis of the story for readers
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Simenon - Biography Information About the Creator of Maigret

Information About Georges Simenon

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Simenon was born at Liege in 1903. At 16 he wrote his first novel and began work as a journalist on the Gazette de Liege; and by the age of 29 he had published a very large number of novels- 150, according to one French newspaper, and 200, 250 or 277 according to others.

At this stage he decided to improve the quality of his writing, and since then, beginning with the famous Inspector Maigret series, fie has published over fifty novels. His work has been admired by almost all the leading French and English critics, and has been translated into twenty languages; its influence on the French film has been considerable, and the Maigret series, with Harry Baur as the Inspector, was popular in France before the war.

Temptation Harbour is a recent British film based on his story, Newhoven-Dieppe, and the new American film. The Man on the Eiffet Tower, is based on A Battle of Nerves. Simenon has travelled all over the world, and at one time lived on a cutter, with his wife as second-in-command, making long journeys of exploration round the coasts of northern Europe. After the war he acquired American citizenship; and at present he is living in Tucson, Arizona.

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Nicholas Blake aka Cecil Day Lewis Biograpraphy

Nicholas Blake Biography

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Under the pseudonym of ‘Nicholas Blake’ Cecil Day Lewis has written a number of first-class detective stories. Born in 1904, the son of a clergyman, he is related on his mother’s side to Oliver Goldsmith. He was educated at Sherborne and ac Wadham College, Oxford, and then became a schoolmaster.
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