Murder! Murder!

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Symons, Julian - Murder! Murder! (1961)



Cover of the first edition, Fontana Books 1961. From Flickr. Go there to enlarge.


More about the private detective Francis Quarles can be found at Thrilling Detective Web Site



Centre Court Mystery

Test Match Murder

The Grand National Case

The Case of S.W.2.

The Unhappy Piano Tuner

A Pearl among Women

Credit to William Shakespeare

Meeting in the Snow

The Wrong Hat

The Absent-minded Professor

Each Man Kills

Time for Murder

The Case of the Frightened Promoter

Picture Show

Sailors' Hornpipe

The Hiding Place

Airport Incident

The Plaster Pekingese

Comedy in Venice

The Invisible Poison

Little Man Lost


A Note on Francis Quarles

"He set up in practice as a private detective shortly after the end of the war, and now has an office in Trafalgar Square. He employs only one person permanently, his secretary Molly Player. When asked why he became a private detecĀ­tive Quarles says that he did so simply to earn a living, but this record of his cases at times belies that cynicism.

In person Francis Quarles is a big man, bulky but not fat. He weighs nearly thirteen stone, and is just over six feet tall. He is slightly dandyish in dress, with a taste for silk shirts and bright ties. In ordinary conversation he has an air of languor which, as a number of criminals have found, is deceptive." Symons, Julian--- A Note on Francis Quarles


Review of Center Court Mystery

Centre Court Mystery is with 40 pages by far the longest story of the collection. Private detective Francis Quarles has been employed by the mother of an English tennis player to search for her son, who has mysteriously disappeared during the Wimbledon championship. There seems to be a connection to a group of exiles from a Central European communist country. When two members of this group are found murdered, Mervyn Briffitt, the agent of the English counter-espionage, reconstructs a course of events which Quarles proves to be totally wrong. Brifitt and, I must confess, this reader missed a clue, which should have revealed to them the person behind the events.

Centre Court Mystery is an enjoyable well-constructed detective story with a Cold War background.

Juergen Lull

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