This week we are featuring the letter E. E is for Erskine. Margaret Erskine (1901-1984). This was the pseudonym of Margaret Wetherby Williams. Her mysteries feature Inspector (later Chief Inspector) Septimus Finch of London's Metropolitan Police. Although some editions of her books were packaged as gothic romance (scared looking, pale women running around in filmy looking nightgowns in front of forbidding houses), she wrote pretty straightforward British mysteries Not quite in the ranks of Christie, Sayers, Marsh or Tey, her mysteries are nonetheless entertaining. Sometimes horrible things happen in her stories, but they are definitely Golden Age in spirit and most of the horrible things happen off-scene. Her novels include: Old Mrs. Ommaney Is Dead, The Woman at Belguardo, No. 9. Belmont Square, and The Family at Tammerton. The last is most Agatha Christie-like in plot. Nurse Louise Morton is first summoned from London to the seaside Tammerton Hall. Then she is warned away by telegram. Like all good mystery heroines, she goes anyway and lands herself in the middle of murder and mayhem. Inspector Finch is also on hand to get to the bottom of things.
See what I mean about the gothic imagery?