Clouds of Witness
A British peer is tried for the murder of his sisters fiancé. Fortunately his brother, an amateur super-sleuth, and an equally capable inspector of Scotland Yard are on the case at once. This is replete with British idioms and very proper French, so bone up old chap. Although it drags in spots, it will keep you guessing: it could have been easily titled Red Herrings. So here we have a smidgen of Doyles Holmes, a tad of Agathas Poirot, an attempt at Chandlers Marlowe, and maybe a bit of Inspector Morse. After traipsing around the moors, you may be somewhat dissatisfied with the denouement; I was.
The Unpleasantness At the Bellona Club
General Fentiman is dead. When did he die? Thats the question and the answer will determine inheritance. What begins as a Wilkie Collins sort of plot eventually to something substantially more sinister. Not a great novel, but it is an interesting read.