Narrated with verve and wit, this is a whodunit in the tradition of Dorothy L. Sayers and Daphne du Maurier, by turns entertaining and suspenseful, and building to a gripping climax.
Author: June Wright
Publisher: Verse Chorus Press
First published in 1948, when it was the best-selling mystery of the year in the author’s native Australia, Murder in the Telephone Exchange stars feisty young operator Maggie Byrnes. When one of her more unpopular colleagues is murdered — her head bashed in with a “buttinski,” a piece of equipment used to listen in on phone calls — Maggie resolves to turn sleuth. Some of her coworkers are acting strangely, and Maggie is convinced she has a better chance of figuring out who is responsible for the killing than the rather stolid police team assigned to the case, who seem to think she herself might have had something to do with it. But then one of her friends is murdered too, and it looks like Maggie might be next. Narrated with verve and wit, this is a whodunit in the tradition of Dorothy L. Sayers and Daphne du Maurier, by turns entertaining and suspenseful, and building to a gripping climax.
When Wright's first child Patrick was one year old, she began writing Murder in the Telephone Exchange (1948), a Dorothy L. Sayers-style whodunit set in
Wright's former workplace. Sarah Compton, a supervisor at the exchange, is
bashed to ...
First published in 1949, So Bad a Death is is June Wright’s second novel, which she originally planned to call Who Would Murder a Baby?
Author: June Wright
Publisher: Verse Chorus Press
The return of Maggie Byrnes, heroine of Murder in the Telephone Exchange. Maggie is married now, with a young son, and living in an outer Melbourne suburb. But violent death dogs her footsteps even in apparently tranquil Middleburn. It’s perhaps not that much of a surprise when widely disliked local bigwig James Holland (who also happens to be Maggie’s landlord) is shot, but Maggie suspects that someone is also trying to poison the infant who is his heir, and turns sleuth once more to uncover the culprits. First published in 1949, So Bad a Death is is June Wright’s second novel, which she originally planned to call Who Would Murder a Baby? Her publishers demurred, but under any title it’s a worthy sequel to Murder in the Telephone Exchange. Novelist and crime fiction historian Lucy Sussex contributes an introduction to this reissue, which also includes a fascinating interview she conducted with June Wright in 1996.
In 1878, with investment capital from his uncle, Goodwin and Caldwell started the
Lawrence Telephone Exchange, a telephone system where subscribers
communicated with one another through a central office. To facilitate this,
Author: Robert Wilhelm
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
“The importance of the area to early America . . . make the book a must-read for anyone interested in the dark side of New England history” (Early American Crime). The idea of a criminal record originated in the early seventeenth century when the magistrates of the Massachusetts Bay Colony began recording dates, places, victims and criminals. Despite, or perhaps because of, the strict code of the Puritans, some early settlers earned quite the rap sheet that landed them either in the stocks or at the end of a noose. With biting wit and an eye for the macabre, local author Robert Wilhelm traces the first documented cases of murder and mayhem in Essex County, Massachusetts. Discover the story of Hannah Duston’s revenge on her Abenaki Indian captors, why the witchcraft hysteria hung over Salem and Andover and how Rachel Wall made her living as a pirate. Decide for yourself whether the accused are guilty or if history lends itself to something else entirely. Includes photos!
That there are already plans to put in telephone lines that will link Europe and
America, and even Australia. Imagine, being ... 'The museum in Manchester is
among the latest to subscribe to the newly installed telephone exchange in that
Author: Jim Eldridge
Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd
1895. Former Scotland Yard detective Daniel Wilson, made famous from his days working the Jack the Ripper case, and his archaeologist sidekick Abigail Fenton are summoned to investigate the murder of a young woman at the Manchester Museum. Though staff remember the woman as a recent and regular visitor, no one appears to know who she is and she has no possessions from which identify her. Seeking help from a local journalist, Daniel hopes to unravel this mystery, but the journey to the truth is fraught with obstacles ...
... Murder Down Under , 159 ; see also Upfield Murder in Honolulu , 134 ; see
also Lee Murder in Melbourne , 139 Murder in Rockwater , 83 , 156 , 189 ; see
also Goyder , Margot and Goyder , Neville Ann Murder in the Telephone Exchange ...
... it is in her own handwriting and it has the names of most of her friends , anyway
- if not all of them - and their telephone ... ofdate ; the telegraph bureau is really
the telephone exchange of 154 ABOUT THE MURDER OF A STARTLED LADY.
In the ABC ' s of murder , B is for “ blotter , ” which soaks up the message in
reverse . The mirror can ... The telephone , with its connections to telephone exchange , operator , call box and neighbours , is a fine example of
paraphernalia . Lonely ...
Author: Dilys Winn
Category: Detective and mystery stories, American
A host of crime buffs including Interpol consultants, forensic anthropologists, psychiatrists, and novelists contribute articles on the many faces, factors, and techniques of crime in fact and fiction
Author: Milton Morris Propper (M.)Publish On: 1935
But Rankin anticipated nothing that might lead to the solution of the murder .
From Popular Headquarters , the detective went to the telephone exchange next .
Though he had little hope of learning anything there , he would leave no stone ...
In some cases names, obviously of local tradespeople, were written beside the
telephone numbers. Some numbers, however, had no names and nothing to
indicate even the telephone exchange. One or two had been erased with a
During World War II she worked in the Postmaster General ' s department and
utilised this setting to marvellous effect in her first crime novel , Murder in the Telephone Exchange ( London , Hutchinson , 1948 ) . So Bad a Death ( Sydney ...
Author: David Latta
Category: Detective and mystery stories, Australian
10 stories representing the various types and styles of crime fiction that Australians wrote and read in the century from 1850.
But the extra keys were not on the rack which stood an arm's length from the half -
door which barred the telephone exchange . The operator was putting on her hat
in expectation of being relieved . At Rodney's request she reached toward their ...
Though Beattie was not at that time aware of it , somebody was having trouble in
getting through on the telephone to the café , its number being Bank 3581 .
According to Miss Lilian Kelly ( a telephone operator ' at Anfield telephone exchange ) ...
Sister Osmond , at her switchboard , was being very definite about the mysterious
phone calls . “ Oh , yes , the ... The telephone exchange in Marysville had a
switchboard very nearly as old as the invention of the instrument . Above the
Author: Margaret Ann Hubbard
The convent in the Louisiana bayou country should be a place of peace and security, but Trilium Pierce knows that the man who wants to destroy her has followed her there. Mother Theodore, the superior of St. Aurelian's college, knows nothing about Trilium's history and the girl refuses to tell her. Her silence enables the killer to follow his plan.
Telephone Exchanges . — The National Telephone Company has decided to
establish an exchange in Dunfermline , giving communication with Glasgow ,
Alloa , Stirling , Falkirk , Dundee and Kirkcaldy . Another Death from Electricity .
tional taking of the life of a human being , without a justifiable cause , is murder , if
done with deliberation and Cases of ... The defendant was not looking after the
child , and it was lying there from also maintained a telephone exchange in the ...
Alfred Sundeen has made a proposition to put The bill would probably have met
its death in in a telephone exchange for ... the jury who pro phone company has
been incorporated at Mount nounced him guilty of the murder of William Wha Ayr
He had a fond memory of Lost Nation , having dated a woman from there who put
the P in " party , " and so he enjoyed the familiarity of calling that old local telephone exchange . At the same time that memory was tinged with a little
It could only have been a few minutes after the actual murder . The case was
instantly taken in hand by the Division . They got in touch with the telephone exchange and there was no difficulty in establishing when the last call had been