Murder Mystery series/amateur detective novels set in the 1910-1930s in Scotland or Ireland

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Murder Mystery series/amateur detective novels set in the 1910-1930s in Scotland or Ireland

jul 9, 2019, 11:10 am

I am looking for murder mystery series or individual amateur detective novels set in the 1910s to 1930s in Scotland or Ireland. The setting should be a castle or country house or different castles across Scotland or Ireland if it’s a series and the crimes should be solved by a young woman or a group of young people.

I know this is very specific, but maybe someone has a suggestion.

Thank you everyone.

I’ve already read:
Death at Glamis Castle by Robin Paige

jul 10, 2019, 5:31 pm

>1 IrmaBr: Nothing springs immediately to mind, but I do have a suggestion... Have you thought of posting your request on the Mystery and Suspense Extra! forum, here:

The people there (some of whom are very knowledgeable 'veterans' in the genre - and I hope they don't mind me calling them veterans because they're my friends!!) will, at the very least, wrack their brains on your behalf, and may even be able to come up with some suggestions.

Redigeret: jul 12, 2019, 7:55 am

Thank you for the suggestion Sergeirocks.

I thought British & Irish Crime Fiction has more members, so I posted here. But I think you are right. I might have a better chance there.

Thanks again.

okt 8, 2020, 8:49 am


Redigeret: okt 12, 2020, 1:10 pm

John Buchan's Richard Tannay series, beginning with The Thirty-Nine Steps, might fit your criteria.

Redigeret: okt 12, 2020, 5:31 pm

Hannay not Tannay?

Aside from 39 Steps I also read Prester John which was exciting but marred by the casual racism of the era, against both native Africans and Jews.

Oops, my mistake... I did read Prester John with its African racism but I was actually thinking of Greenmantle for the anti-Semitism. Greenmantle is in the Hannay series but Prester John is not.

Redigeret: okt 12, 2020, 1:10 pm

>6 Crypto-Willobie: Richard Tannay was Richard Hannay's original name in the John Buchan series that started with The 51 Steps. The editors thought that 51 was too many steps, and convinced Buchan to edit out 12 of them. Also, it was felt that H was a funnier letter than T, so that change was made as well. Buchan went to his grave still bitter about the 12 lost steps. How he felt about the change from Tannay to Hannay has not been recorded. Rumors that the original name of Greenmantle was Chartreusemantle have never been confirmed.

Regardless of which version of the series you read, however, the racism and antisemitism is a current that runs throughout, sometimes overt and sometimes humming along below the surface. Modern readers who are willing to tolerate those factors will find the stories enjoyable, assuming they like fun if outlandish adventure stories. :)

okt 12, 2020, 5:31 pm


mar 20, 2021, 1:17 am

I know this was posted a long time ago, but just in case the topic interests anyone else...

The Dandy Gilver series by Catriona McPherson might be what you want, except Dandy is possibly a little older than what you had in mind (I can't recall her exact age, but it's 30s - 40s I think - she's married with children). Not every book in the series is set in a castle/manor house, but a few are (the locations change from book to book). It's a fun series with enjoyable characters.

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