Winner of the 1941 award for best mystery of the year, The Chuckling Fingers by Mabel Seeley is a masterpiece of American suspense. Set a Minnesota during the depression, this mystery evokes the best traits of a Christie-style, closed cast mystery. What more could you want - a family’s dark secrets, a remote lakeside estate, dangerous pranks and soon enough, a murder victim. Often compared to the better-known Mary Roberts Rinehart, Seeley is not to be missed.
The first in Dorothy Sayers‘ Lord Peter Wimsey series, Whose Body is an absolute delight! Obviously, the grande dame of British golden age mystery is Agatha Christie. However, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and Margery Allingham are all stars in their own right. For those of you who haven’t read Sayers before - I’m jealous. You’re in for a treat!
A modern take on the closed-cast mystery. Set on a remote Irish island.. When a storm cuts a wedding party off from the rest of the world, things look bad. When a body turns up, things are decidedly worse.
One of the 3 aforementioned overshadowed Golden age writers, New Zealand author Ngaio Marsh’s series featuring Inspector Alleyn is required crime fiction reading.