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A Second Century of Whodunnits

Reading my way through the last hundred years, from the 1920s to the 2020s, one mystery at a time.

My previous attempt at this reading project can be found in the episode A Century of Whodunnits.

Books mentioned:
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
Laurels are Poison by Gladys Mitchell
— The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons
Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh
A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
— Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
— Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

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