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Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

Sunday, August 23, 2020 MysteryFiction

Mortmain Hall, Martin Edwards

Right from the title, you know the stately Yorkshire family home Mortmain Hall will play a pivotal role in this classic mystery. The legal doctrine of mortmain, after all, refers to owners’ attempts to control the fate of their property after their death. As you can imagine, the influence of mortua manus – the dead hand – opens succeeding generations to all sorts of mischief.

In 1930, when this tale takes place, plenty of mischief swirls around Mortmain Hall, perched on high cliffs near the end of a (lonely, of course) promontory that reaches into the stormy North Sea. Most innocent of the mansion’s occupants is the family heir, Felix Dobell, who lost a leg in the Great War and is in an advanced state of decline...

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Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Thursday, June 25, 2020 MysteryFiction

Welcome to San Francisco in the 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression it’s seen as a place of opportunity, and Jane Hopper is determined to grasp whatever chance comes her way and hold onto it, tight. Prepare to be drawn into the decidedly different Copy Boy, written by an author who has been described as ‘Raymond Chandler for feminists’.

There’s more than a touch of The Grapes of Wrath about Jane’s roots, and the opening chapters of this slice of noir are set firmly in the Dust Bowls of the Okie trail, where the Hopper family scratches a living picking cotton, living in a hovel built out of canvas and cardboard. At 17, Jane has had enough of living hand to mouth and she dreams of getting away...

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