Friday, December 20, 2013

Brief Contemporary Reactions to H. C. Bailey's Novel Length Detective Fiction

Evidently in the 1930s and '40s, when Bailey ventured into long mysteries, the critics of the day hardly ever found anything to object to. Follow the links to somewhat fuller descriptions:

SHADOW ON THE WALL (1934):
- "Essential." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (June 9, 1934)
 THE SULLEN SKY MYSTERY (1935):
- "Superb." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (October 19, 1935)

BLACK LAND, WHITE LAND (1937):
- "Expert." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (February 6, 1937)
THE TWITTERING BIRD MYSTERY (1937) [a.k.a. CLUNK'S CLAIMANT]:
- "Unexcelled." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (October 30, 1937)
THE GREAT GAME (1939):
- "Enthralling." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (February 4, 1939)
- ". . . a brilliant denouement . . ." — SCRIBNER'S (April 1939)
MR. CLUNK'S TEXT (1939) [a.k.a. THE VERON MYSTERY]:
- "Top grade." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (December 2, 1939)

THE BISHOP'S CRIME (1940):
- "Elegant." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (January 25, 1941)
ORPHAN ANN (1941) [a.k.a. THE LITTLE CAPTAIN]:
- "Hard to beat." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (August 23, 1941)
THE APPREHENSIVE DOG (1942) [a.k.a. DEAD MAN'S SHOES(?)]:
- "A- ." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (March 7, 1942)

NOBODY'S VINEYARD (1942) [a.k.a. NO MURDER(?)]:
- "First rate." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (September 19, 1942)
MR. FORTUNE FINDS A PIG (1943):
- "Top-notch." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (April 17, 1943)
THE CAT'S WHISKER (1944):
- "Good Fortune." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (November 18, 1944)

THE QUEEN OF SPADES (1944) [a.k.a. SLIPPERY ANNE(?)]:
- "Not the best Bailey." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (February 5, 1944)
THE WRONG MAN (1945):
- "Standard brand." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (September 22, 1945)
THE LIFE SENTENCE (1946):
- "Good Fortune." —  THE SATURDAY REVIEW (November 16, 1946)
HONOUR AMONG THIEVES (1947):
- "B- Grade Bailey." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (September 20, 1947)
SAVE A ROPE (1948) [a.k.a. SAVING A ROPE]:
- "High class Bailey." — THE SATURDAY REVIEW (August 14, 1948)

Resources:
- GAD Wiki ("H. C. Bailey").
- THE NEW CRIME CLUB GOLDEN BOOK OF BEST DETECTIVE STORIES (1934) online here has Bailey's Joshua Clunk novel THE RED CASTLE MYSTERY (1932), reviews of which are HERE, HERE (scroll to page 747, left middle), and HERE.

Category: Detective fiction

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