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Publication Order of Roger Sheringham Cases Books

The Layton Court Mystery (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wychford Poisoning Case (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roger Sheringham and the Vane Mystery (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Silk Stocking Murders (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Shot (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Top Storey Murder (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Basement (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Mrs. Stratton / Jumping Jenny (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Panic Party (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Avenging Chance and Other Mysteries from Roger Sheringham's Casebook (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Wintringham Mystery: Cicely Disappears (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr Priestley's Problem (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Piccadilly Murder (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malice Aforethought (As: Francis Iles) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jumping Jenny (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not to Be Taken (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trial and Error (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the House (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Female Detective (By: Andrew Forrester) (1864)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Walks by Night (By: John Dickson Carr) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle Skull (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Gallows (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (By: John Dickson Carr) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror(1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ask a Policeman(1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Six Against the Yard(1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bodies from the Library(1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scoop and Behind the Screen(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Anthony Berkeley was a mystery writer and the founder of the Detection Club, one of the most recognized fiction innovators. He also wrote under the pseudonym Francis Iles, and wrote over twenty mystery stories in his lifetime. Anthony is also known to be the first writer to predict the evolution of psychological crime stories. The Roger Sheringham series is among Anthony’s most recognized works.

The Layton Court Mystery

The Layton Court Mystery is the first book in the Roger Sheringham Cases series. The series starts with a party where Alexander Grierson and Roger Sheringham are among the guests. Both of these men did not know the host well, but what they see is an outgoing man who is having a lot of fun. Things turn tragic when the host, a man of great wealth, turns up dead. How does a man who was having the time of his life a few hours back die so suddenly? What are the circumstances surrounding this death?

During the party at Victor’s house, Alexander and Barbara get engaged. However, Barbara calls off the engagement, which comes as a surprise to many. Why would Barbara do this to a man she claims to love? The news of the broken engagement is overshadowed by the discovery of Victor’s lifeless body in his library. Now Alexander has to join his friend Roger is finding out precisely what happened on the night that Victor died.

Victor’s body is found in his English country home, where he had just hosted a party for his friends the previous night. Preliminary findings indicate that Victor killed himself, given the fact that his door was locked. There is a single bullet wound in his head and a gun in his hand. There is also a suicide note that explains why the wealthy man committed suicide. However, Roger Sheringham, one of Layton Court’s guests and a sleuth investigator, is not buying this story. There are many people on the suspects’ list, but the question that remains is how anyone could have locked the door after killing Victor. Even though he is an amateur, Roger uses his wit to unearth the truth of what led to victor’s death.

Join Roger and his friend on a journey in search of the truth. The twists come fast, and the pace is relentless after the first few pages. Despite the death, the story is told in a humorous tone, and it is fun to follow the different characters as they interact with each other. Roger is a lovable character, and even with minimal, if any investigative experience, he is determined to find the truth. So, who killed Victor, and what was their motivation? Was the killer among the guests invited to the party? Find out this and so much more in this intriguing series.

This is a golden age mystery story that comes with an exciting cast and a solid storyline. The ending is quite unconventional, but it gives the story quite an edge. The Layton Court Mystery is a perfect choice if you want a mystery story that will also make you laugh. The characters here are lovable, and the storyline is outstanding.

The Piccadilly Murder

The Piccadilly Murder introduces us to Ambrose Chitterwick is a wealthy man living with an overbearing aunt. Aside from his wealth, Ambrose is well mannered, always formal, and he strives to do what is right. One day, Ambrose witnesses a death in Piccadilly Palace Hotel. Ambrose is sure that he saw a man adding something to the older woman’s drink before she died, and he shares this information with the police. The police move quickly to arrest Major Sinclair, the man who perfectly matches Ambrose’s description. Major Sinclair is the older woman’s nephew.

Ambrose is invited to visit the duke and his sister, and he feels that it is necessary to hear them out. Even before he hears what they have to say, Ambrose is almost sure that these two want to request him to consider his evidence. True to his thinking, the duke asks Ambrose to reexamine the older woman’s death. Ambrose does precisely that, and while this leaves the police bemused, they have no choice to tolerate it thanks to his social standing. Is it possible that Ambrose made a mistake? Given the current succession issue, it is safe to assume that the elderly woman was sacrificed for her money?

Unlike in the popular investigative stories, the detective in this story is an armature. Ambrose is meek and unassuming, and at some point, he is going to take matters into his hands in the investigation. It is refreshing to meet the main character who is not perfect and a storyline that deviates from the norm. Despite his misgivings, Ambrose’s love for the truth sees him going the extra mile to search for the details that everyone seems to be missing. Is Ambrose overreacting, or is he on to something?

From his writing, it is easy to see that the author has an eye for detail. The dialogue between characters is well done, and the narration is simply outstanding. While the identity of the murderer seems obvious, an unexpected twist along the way will completely change your thinking. So, what killed the elderly lady, and could her nephew risk killing her, knowing that he would be the first suspect? If the nephew is not the killer, is it possible that this is the picture the murder wanted to paint?

The Piccadilly Murder is a perfect choice if you are looking for a unique golden age mystery story. There are a few unexpected twists in the story, as well as a variety of characters that you will grow to love. The tone here is amusing and light, making this a perfect pick me up a book plenty of action to keep you entertained. Get to see how a death that appears natural turns into a well-thought-out murder. The identity of the murderer will come as a surprise, and you can bet that it will be a lot of fun guessing the killer as the story progresses.

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