Here’s the final week and wrap-up of my Short Story February reading. I read a total of fifty-four short stories during the month, which I think is pretty good, considering I also read two novels.
The Turning of the Tide- CS Forester (1936): Atmospheric inverted story of a well-planned murder…
The Swimming Pool- HC Bailey (1936): Reggie Fortune investigates a disappearance and murders in a tale with a twist which was unduly long-winded and written in an irritating style.
A Question of Timing- Phyllis Bentley (1946): Most enjoyable “slice of life”, in which a writer prevents a murder. Neatly-written and full of the right sort of detail.
The Thimble River Mystery- Josephine Bell (1950): This mystery, featuring the author’s series detective, Dr David Wintringham, has a solution which depends on nautical knowledge.
Man Overboard- Edmund Crispin (1954):DI Humbleby tells Gervase Fen just why the police like blackmailers in this neat little tale.
Queer Fish- Kem Bennett (1955): Enjoyable, if a little predictable, story by a forgotten writer.
The Man who was Drowned- James Pattinson (1958): Investigation of a “man overboard’ on the high seas leads to complications and murder.
Seasprite- Andrew Garve (1963): Nice tale of a criminal, “hoist with his own petard”.
Death by Water-Michael Innes (1975): A fish out of water gives a lead in a suspect suicide by drowning.
From The Great Merlini: The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective by Clayton Rawson. I bought this ebook on the recommendation of Jeff Meyerson and I’m enjoying the stories a lot.
“The Clue of the Tatooed Man”
“The Clue of the Broken Legs”
“The Clue of the Missing Motive”
“From Another World”
“Off the Face of the Earth”
“Merlini and the Lie Detector”
“Merlini and the Vanished Diamonds”
“Merlini and the Sound Effects Murder”
“Nothing is Impossible”
“Miracles — All in a Day’s Work”
“Merlini and the Photographic Clues”
“The World’s Smallest Locked Room”
I’ll have a Forgotten Book post on this coming Friday.
The Thinking Machine: Fifty Novelettes and Short Stories by Jacques Futrelle, Neo Books, 2018
“Kidnapped Baby Blake, Millionaire”
Just the one, but I’ll get back to these, I like them.
I’ll be back to these next month, between novels. At least that’s the plan.
Conclusion: I always enjoy reading short stories, and I’ll continue to read them throughout the year, though not as many in a row. To those who joined in, thanks very much. Let’s do it again in 2021.
How was your short story reading for February?