Chain of Witnesses

Chain of Witnesses
Phyllis Bentley
17 March 2022
Agora Books

Collected from short storys published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Chain of Witnesses is a cosy crime caper to satisfy any armchair detective.

When detective novelist Miss Phipps boards the train that day with writer’s block, she has no idea the inspiration she’s about to get.

While sharing a carraige with a detective, the pages from his case files and her next novel get mixed up and the pair wind up solving the cases together.

Over the course of 20 years, beloved Halifax-born author Phyllis Bentley shared the crime-solving duo’s sleuthing in one of the best mystery magazines of the time. Now, collected here, 16 of these stories are waiting for you to solve.


‘Stylistically, the stories . . . share a quiet humor and misleading simplicity of statement with the works of Christie . . . . Her work [is] informed and consistent with the classic traditions of the mystery.’ — Nancy Ellen Talburt, critic

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