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Publication Order of Inspector Ryvet Books

as Carol Carnac
Triple Death (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Missing Rope (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at Mornington (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the First-Class Carriage (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Devil Was Sick (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Diving Pool (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Julian Rivers Books

as Carol Carnac
A Double for Detection (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Striped Suitcase (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clue Sinister (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over the Garden Wall (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Copy for Crime (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Upstairs, downstairs (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
It\'s Her Own Funeral (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossed Skis (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder As a Fine Art (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Policeman At the Door (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Impact of Evidence (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Among Members (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rigging the Evidence (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Double Turn (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Shadows (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Robert MacDonald Books

The Murder on the Burrows (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Affair on Thor's Head (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Greenwell Mystery (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death On The Oxford Road (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of Colonel Marchand (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in St. John's Wood (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Chelsea (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Organ Speaks (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Post After Post-Mortem (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pall for a Painter (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Counter Crime (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Names Make Clues (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bats in the Belfry (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slippery Staircase (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Beadle (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Brown's Body (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tryst for a Tragedy (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death at Dyke's Corner (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Case in the Clinic (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rope's End, Rogue's End (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixteenth Stair (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Checkmate to Murder (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fell Murder (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Matchlight (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire in the Thatch (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Relative to Poison (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Part for a Poisoner (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Before Dinner (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Policemen in the Precinct (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Waters (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Accident by Design (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Martinet (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Mill-Race (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog It Was That Died (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crook O'Lune (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let Well Alone (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shroud of Darkness (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ask A Policeman (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Vienna (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Picture of Death (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous Domicile (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder On a Monument (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Escape/Dishonour Among Thieves (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Theft of the Iron Dogs (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil and the C.I.D. (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Came Softly (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Burning Question (As: Carol Carnac) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Triplicate (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Lady Killer (As: Carol Carnac) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two-Way Murder (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Walks by Night (By: John Dickson Carr) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle Skull (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Gallows (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (By: John Dickson Carr) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Mr. Badman (By: William Fryer Harvey) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weekend at Thrackley (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick Curtain (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of Anton (By: Alan Melville) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bats in the Belfry (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Checkmate to Murder (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fell Murder (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Matchlight (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire in the Thatch (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Mill-Race (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossed Skis (As: Carol Carnac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Didn't Fly (By: Margot Bennett) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By: Gil North) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two-Way Murder (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Author (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

E.C.R. Lorac was an English published author known for writing mystery and crime fiction novels. She wrote under a variety of pen names, from Mary le Bourne to Carol Rivett, E.C.R. Lorac, and Carol Carnac.

The author was born Edith Caroline Rivett on May 6, 1894. When writing, she also chose to use the pen name Carol Carnac and the pseudonym E.C.R. Lorac for her books, the first three initials standing for her given name. She was born in what was then known as Hendon, Middlesex and what is now referred to as London in 1884.

She was born to her father Harry and her mother Beatrice, their youngest daughter. Her parents also had two sisters before her. They would choose to emigrate in 1898 and packed up all their things and moved to Australia. Their purpose for moving was a serious one, as Harry had severe tuberculosis and they were emigrating in order to be in the warmer weather in the hopes that it would have a positive effect on the malady of the patriarch of the family.

Unfortunately, the attempt was not to be ultimately successful in delivering a cure to Harry, and the family would leave to return to England in 1900. While en route on the S.S. Illawarra, Harry would pass away and be put to rest at sea, never reaching shore with his wife and children. The family would make it to the city safely, although in the grips of very fresh grief at the loss of their father and in his wife’s case, her spouse.

Once they had returned to the city, they found themselves in dire straights as they had not much to their name. The family did find refuge thanks to the generosity of Beatrice’s father Edward, who took them into his home with open arms. The children and Beatrice were welcome to stay in the home, with the only upfront disadvantage being that the home was slightly crowded.

The author’s mother would soon find employment working as an assistant rate collector.Her daughter Edith would go to school locally and would practice what she learned at the schools throughout the course of her life, working on calligraphy and embroidery and more, some of which were featured at Westminster Abbey in a special display.

Before Lorac was a crime writer, she went to school locally at South Hampstead High School. She would also go to London to attend the Central School of Arts and Club. There she would join the Detection Club, which was all about the art of being a detective or private eye. This only makes sense as her interest in mysteries and sleuthing would inspire many mystery novels and stories in the crime fiction genre!

The first book to come out from Lorac would be The Murder on the Burrows. The story was so well-written that it would prove to be the launching pad for both her main character, the detective Macdonald, and her literary career. She would write for over twenty-five years and received many positive reviews along the way. She would write for Sampson Low and then Collins Crime Club’s Crime Counter Crime, which she would belong to for the entirety of her life. The historian of the Crime Club John Curran states that the designers that did her novels’ cover artwork did a very good job and their work on the books made the physical books even more collectible than they would have been otherwise.

Lorac was able to live and write in settings that were both urban and rural, and felt comfortable in either. She was creative in many ways and also athletic, having an interesting in going skiing in the winter. She had such a passion for the sport that it became a main part of her Crossed Skis novel under the pen name Carol Carnac, which was been published also by the British Library.

The author would pass away July 2, 1958, close to Lancaster, and left behind a tremendous amount of novels and series for readers to enjoy. Throughout the course of her long and prolific career, she would pen 48 mystery novels just under her pen name of E.C.R. Lorac, and over a total of twenty books using her other main pen name. To this day she is an important part of what is referred to as detective fiction’s golden age.

E.C.R. Lorac did not marry throughout the course of her life. She would reside in Lonsdale, Lancashire along with Gladys Rivett, her older sister. She would continue to write detective and mystery stories while becoming beloved around the village. The local people continue to remember her fondly for her strong-willed, spirited nature and her social conscience. She is buried in Aughton at the St. Saviour’s Church churchyard.

The author’s books are part of the British Library, with eight of her novels belonging to the British Library’s Crime Classics series as of 2021.

E.C.R. Lorac is the creator and the author of the Robert Macdonald mystery series of novels. The debut novel in this series first became available to readers in 1931 and is titled The Murder on the Burrows. It was followed by the release of the second novel, titled The Affair on Thor’s Head. If you are a big fan of classic mystery stories or any crime fiction novel, pick up the first book in this series!

The Murder on the Burrows is the first novel in the Robert Macdonald series. If you love mystery, check this debut novel out and follow along with all of Macdonald’s cases and attempts to crack them wide open yourself. From the first page to the last, discover why this book is such a classic!

E C R Lorac continues Robert Macdonald’s adventures in The Affair on Thor’s Head. Everyone’s favorite detective is back on the scene again, and he’s never without a case to solve.

This one promises to be especially complex, however, testing even the sharpened skills of a detective like Macdonald. Will he have the determination and steely sense of resolve necessary in order to solve this case and see it through to the end?

Pick up a copy of this mystery novel to find out!

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One Response to “E.C.R. Lorac”

  1. Harold and Vikki Meyer: 9 months ago

    Honest to God, for 75 years of life we had thought that we had read everything that all the GREAT CRIME CLASSIC AUTHORS had wrote. Then through British Library Crime Classics we were introduced to one of the finest authors of the ages, right up there in our estimation with Sayers, Allingham, Christie and Stout! What a revelation!! Miss Rivett now occupies most of our awakening hours.
    Thank you so much for re-publishing her most enjoyable large library of detection fiction!
    Forever grateful!

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