It’s that time of year again - the time for making lists. These were the vintage crime books I most enjoyed during 2020:
Erle Stanley Gardner’s wonderfully plotted 1936 Perry Mason mystery The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
Charles Forsyte’s 1968 tale of murder in the British Embassy in Ankara Murder with Minarets
. It captures the distinctive feel of diplomatic life extremely well.
Bert and Dolores Hitchens’ splendid railway mystery End of the Line
(and you know how much I love railway mysteries).
James O. Causey’s dark paranoid 1957 noir tale Killer Take All!
John McPartland’s 1953 noir pulper Big Red's Daughter
And two from Wade Miller (rapidly becoming my favourite noir writer) - Kitten with a Whip
and Kiss Her Goodbye
, both emotional roller coaster rides into nightmare.