Molly Thynne (1881 – 1950) (Update)


thynneMary Harriet (Molly) Thynne was born in 1881, a member of the aristocracy, great-granddaughter of Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath and great-niece of the American painter James McNeil Whistler, on her mother’s side. Her father was Charles Ernest Thynne and her mother Annie Harriet Thynne (born Haden Whistler). She grew up in Kensington and at a young age met literary figures like Rudyard Kipling and Henry James. Her first novel, An Uncertain Glory, was published in 1914, but she did not turn to crime fiction until The Draycott Murder Mystery, the first of six golden age mysteries she wrote and published in as many years, between 1928 and 1933. The last three of these featured Dr Constantine, chess master and amateur sleuth par excellence. Molly Thynne never married. She enjoyed travelling abroad, but spent most of her life in the village of Bovey Tracey, Devon, where she was finally laid to rest in 1950.

Bibliography: The Draycott Murder Mystery aka The Red Dwarf (1928), The Murder on the Enriqueta aka The Strangler (1929), The Case of Sir Adam Braid (1930), The Crime At the ‘Noah’s Ark’ (1931), Death in the Dentist’s Chair (1932) and He Dies and Makes No Sign (1933).

Curtis Evans’ articles on Molly Thynne are at The Passing Tramp.

Kate Jackson’s articles on Molly Thynne are at Cross-Examining Crime.

TomCat’s articles on Molly Thynne are at Beneath the Stains of Time.

Aidan’s articles on Molly Thynne are at Mysteries Ahoy!

Laurie’s articles on Molly Thynne are at Bedford Bookshelf.

Les Blatt articles on Molly Thynne are at Classic Mysteries

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News travels quickly and mysteriously on board ship. By the time lunch was over, the rumour began to spread that Mr. Smith’s death had not been due to natural causes.

The bibulous Mr Smith was no pillar of virtue. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the Enriqueta, he met someone he knew on board at midnight – and was strangled. Chief Inspector Shand of the Yard, a fellow traveller on the luxury liner, takes on the case, ably assisted by his friend Jasper Mellish. At first the only clue is what the steward saw: a bandaged face above a set of green pyjamas. But surely the crime can be connected to Mr Smith’s former – and decidedly shady – compatriots in Buenos Aires?

The Murder on the Enriqueta (1929: originally called The Strangler in the US) is a thrilling whodunit, including an heiress in peril and a jazz age nightclub among its other puzzle pieces. This new edition, the first in many decades, includes an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. (Source: Dean Street Press)

The Murder on the Enriqueta has been reviewed, among others at The Passing Tramp.

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