Trade paperback. Inspector Shade of the Wellington police was mildly disturbed when a young bohemian artist who also had the last name of Shade told him about a dead man she had seen on the local... More > train. Surely she was making it all up. No one else reported such a thing. But as the pieces of this ingenious puzzle all started to fall into place, Inspector Shade found himself caught up in murder, mayhem, and more than a little intrigue as he tried to help the young woman stay alive. The trouble was — she might be the killer!
Ramble House brings back this classic Kiwi mystery written by Harriet Hunter and hopes to also reprint her only other mystery, CASE FOR PUNISHMENT. Stay tuned.< Less
Let's say you wake up late for work one morning in 1932 and find 5 million dollars in huge bills littering the floor of your cheap room. What would you do? That is exactly the situation that Tiffany... More > Thayer, one of the most intriguing of the 20th century authors revived by Ramble House, places young Ben Flinders. Then the action starts and before Ben realizes it he has become a wanted man — by the law and those who break it.
But young Ben is resourceful and when he finds that he is becoming known as a kingpin of evil, he starts to enjoy it, a little like Walter White of 2013 becomes enamored of being the meth king of New Mexico. That's when the fun begins!< Less
Trade paperback. When Lefty Vincent shot up the Conway Bank at San Francisco and scuttled across five States to his hide-out, he didn’t know that a life and death struggle had started between... More > himself and Mick Cardby. Nor did Mick, sitting in his office six thousand miles away. Curiously enough Clare Furness, playing tennis in Boston when the lid blew off in San Francisco had never heard of either of them. But it wasn’t long before the three lives were intermixed in a blaze of feverish action. From the first word to the grandstand finish there is no pause, no release of tension as thrill crashes upon thrill. Another great Mick Cardby case from the pen of David Hume.< Less
Trade paperback. This Mick Cardby novel revolves round a certain Mr. Ernest Walton of Streatham, who was known among his singular circle of acquaintances as “The Weeping Cavalier.” The... More > first time Mick Cardby met him he wondered how the glycerine specialists of the screen ever attained fame. The way tears coursed down his wizened cheeks was nothing short of an act. But it seemed odd to Mick that while Mr. Walton’s eyes would well with tears when he saw an unattended old lady, the sight of a butchered corpse left him unmoved! As to Mr. Walton, he seemed attracted to Mick, but deprecated his lack of emotion, and offered to instil some sentiment into him. Mick thought it worth a few floods of grief to satisfy his curiosity about Ernest, and soon found himself plunged in thrills.< Less
Trade paperback. Detective John Duff is a detective with a difference. Using his knowledge of psychology, and an intricate network of carefully-placed informants, Duff manages to solve even the most... More > difficult and mysterious cases.
This collection of eight short stories, each one a unique case with a different angle, has earned a place in the highly-respected Queen’s Quorum as one of the major works in crime fiction.< Less
Trade Paperback. Chris Mikul, the brains behind Bizarrism, has collected 14 rare stories by Tod Robbins, including 'Spurs' the story upon which Tod Browning's FREAKS film was based. Incredible... More > weirdness in a jugular vein.< Less
Trade paperback. WHEN DEATH PAYS A CALL he generally leaves a card behind ... even if it sometimes takes a pathologist to find it. But on the morning that he visited the bathroom at... More > Forstal Farm, he did it incognito. It took a man with a crowbar to break down the bathroom door, and there on the floor was Basil Maplewood, naked, with one foot still hanging over the edge of the bath. Basil was only twenty-one, and in the very pink of health, but the post-mortem didn’t help much ... no violence, no sign of poison. Here is a mystery in a thousand, and one that almost — but not quite — threw dust in the eyes of Inspector Arnold and his colleagues.< Less
Trade paperback. In 1934, when MURDER AMONG THE NUDISTS was written by Peter Hunt, nudism had a special place in society, and it was no place for a police inspector — or his detective friend.... More > But when murder rears its ugly head at the local colony, the intrepid detective bites his lip and gives it up for the Queen — and goes undercover in a nudist camp. Action at the camp goes about how you'd expect, but I dare you to keep a straight face when Detective Alan Miller briefs his fellow policemen — in the nude.< Less
Hardcover. Mary Francis, a young agent for the British Secret Service and red-headed Detective-Inspector John Walk had never met until they were thrown together — literally! — by the most... More > fiendish of all master-criminals, Wu Fang! Each was investigating his own particular crime in the mean streets of 1933 London but as readers of the Wu Fang chronicles by Roland Daniel know, there is no part of the criminal underworld not touched by the dastardly, yet wily, arch-fiend Wu Fang. It's as if he were everywhere, stealing exquisite jewels or secret war plans, or sending numerous enemies to watery graves with a hidden dirk or pistol.
Can Mary and John finally dispatch Wu Fang once and for all? And maybe have time for a spot of romance along the way?< Less