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Publication Order of Inspector Ryvet Books

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

Publication Order of Julian Rivers Books

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

Publication Order of Robert MacDonald Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Burning Question (As: Carol Carnac) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Triplicate (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Lady Killer (As: Carol Carnac) (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two-Way Murder (2021)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 (By: Anthony Berkeley) (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
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 (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 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fell Murder (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder by Matchlight (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Thatch (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 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossed Skis (As: 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 (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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: 4 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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