Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Favourite mystery cover #13

Something Nasty in the Woodshed by Anthony Gilbert.

First published 1942; cover shown is the 1944 paperback by Canadian Collins White Circle Books.

The cover art's not that brilliant - I just love the title!

Anthony Gilbert (1899 - 1973) was the pseudonym for British novelist Lucy Beatrice Malleson. She published 69 crime novels, many covering the cases of lower-class lawyer Arthur Crook, who was known as "the criminal's hope, the judge's despair."

Malleson grew up in a poor family and supported herself from her late teens onwards - no mean feat in the early 1900s.

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