It’s been about two and a half years since I read Death’s Old Sweet Song by Jonathan Stagge. Since that time I’ve read four novels by the writing collective most commonly known as Patrick Quentin, with the result being somewhat of a mixed bag. Each book had its own moments in the sun, but I’d only enthusiastically recommend Death and The Maiden and Cottage Sinister. It’s those two books though that have driven a hunger to find similarly satisfying reads by the authors. It’s a difficult hunger to satisfy though, as aside from the Peter Duluth series published under the name of Patrick Quentin, you’re pretty lucky to pay less than $80 a book for any of the rest of the library.
So count me lucky that I managed to find a cheap copy of Death, My Darling Daughters. It was published the year before Death’s Old Sweet Song, which puts it late in the run of nine Dr Westlake mysteries released under the name of Jonathan Stagge between 1936 and 1949.Continue reading “Death, My Darling Daughters – Jonathan Stagge (1945)”