It’s back to more conventional crime fiction this evening, starting with Barbara Vine, who is in fact Ruth Rendell writing under a pseudonym.
Vine’s books are more psychological thrillers than straight out detective mysteries; nevertheless are quite engaging to read.
The Miss Silver detective novels of Patricia Wentworth have been compared to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels, in that Miss Silver is another spinster lady sleuth. I must admit I haven’t read Patricia Wentworth for years, so can’t compare the two. You have probably noticed I have not displayed any Agatha Christie novels. This is because I don’t have any in my library, though I have read a few in the past and watched the television adaptations. Anyway, I appear to have only two Miss Silver novels.
And finally for this post, The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White. The Lady Vanishes is well known as a film by Alfred Hitchcock, who adapted the book to screen.
The paperback edition below was published by Zebra Books in 1987.
I will be concluding the crime fiction shelf next post, with one of the greats of the genre – the noir thrillers of Cornell Woolrich.