New to The Murder Room this Month – Erle Stanley Gardner and Helen McCloy

Introducing private investigators Bertha Cool and Donald Lam: mismatched, eccentric and entirely dedicated to the pursuit of justice by whatever means, this unique pair is brought to you courtesy of Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason.


The Thrilling Detective website declares: ‘colourful characters, brain-spinning plots and some of Gardner’s best writing. And if a successful TV series had been developed from it, Cool and Lam may have received the respect they deserved, instead of being a footnote in Gardner’s career.’ You can read the full article here.

We are also bringing back into print the work of the great Helen McCloy, considered in her time to be more than a match for Queens of Crime Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham.



Her hugely popular series detective, psychologist Dr Basil Willing, appears in more than a dozen of her novels, which often feature elements of the supernatural and other experiments with imaginative concepts within the framework of the formal, fair play detective story.

In 1987, critic and mystery writer H. R. F. Keating included her Basil Willing title Mr Splitfoot in a list of the 100 best crime and mystery books ever published.