Margery Allingham: Where to start?

Queen of crime Margery Allingham’s oeuvre can seem intimidating to a beginner, so we’ve put together a handy guide.

 



Out Now: The Oaken Heart

Ipso Books is excited to announce that The Oaken Heart: The Story of an English Village at War by Margery Allingham is out now. Published on November 21st, this beautiful memoir is an enriching account of life in an English village during the outbreak of the Second World War.

 



Out Now: The Rich Detective

Ipso Books is excited to announce that The Rich Detective by H. R. F. Keating is out now.

 



Out Now: The Stopping Place

Ipso Books is excited to announce that The Stopping Place by Helen Slavin is out now.

 



Writing Tips: Checklist for New Writers

Writing is a process, and the hardest part is sitting down and putting in the graft. Below are ten easy steps to help guide you through the initial writing process, so that when you sit down to write you hopefully won’t be left staring at a blank screen.

 



Staff Picks: Halloween Reads

We hope you’ve all enjoyed our series of Haunting Halloween Reads, showcasing a wide range of authors from Bram Stoker to Alice Hoffman. As it’s the last Friday before the big day (or, big night), we thought we’d share our own favourite spooky picks, straight from the office at Ipso Books.

 



Out Now: Minute for Murder

Ipso Books is excited to announce that Minute for Murder has just been released. Published on October 19th, this novel marks the 8th installment in the Nigel Strangeways series by Nicholas Blake.

 



Author Picks: Mavis Cheek’s Halloween Reads

With a week and a half left until Halloween, we’ve asked Mavis Cheek, author of Parlour Games, for her favourite spooky reads to suit the season.

 



Author Picks: Helen Slavin’s Halloween Reads

On this Friday the 13th, with Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d have Helen Slavin, author of The Witch Ways Series, share her favourite haunting reads for the season. Choose Your Monsters It’s that Samhain time of year again when I pull out my stripey leggings and think about foggy nights in front […]

 



The Story Behind… Traitor’s Purse

Margery Allingham wrote Traitor’s Purse in 1941, originally published in the United States as The Sabotage Murder Mystery. Set during the Second World War, Allingham’s publishers questioned the plausibility of the German plot she created, only to later discover that she had imagined a secret that truly existed in German camps. A tale of amnesia, […]