Book Of The Day – She Shall Have Murder

by Ron on June 3, 2015

Today’s Book of the Day is a Classic Mystery by Delano Ames and it’s 80% off for a limited time. She Shall Have Murder has a 4.6 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $4!

“Written with wit and the clever style of the 1950s amateur sleuth mysteries, this was a most enjoyable and entertaining read. Even 60+ years on, it has lost none of it’s charm.” Lesley – Amazon Reviewer

She Shall Have Murder
by Delano Ames
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Price: $0.99 save $4


Dagobert Brown’s always got a new hobby. He’s been through Gregorian chant, wildflowers, sixteenth-century French poetry . . . But his latest hobby is murder—or at least, the murder mystery he wants Jane Hamish to write.

No-nonsense, sharp-witted Jane only has one weakness: Dagobert, who exasperates her and intrigues her in equal parts. “Dagobert is my hero,” she says, “but he persistently refuses to act like one.”

Mrs. Robjohn seems like the perfect victim for Jane’s book: a lonely, delusional spinster who haunts the law offices where Jane works, telling everyone who’ll listen that sinister men are following her. When Mrs. Robjohn’s found dead of gas poisoning in her flat, Dagobert won’t believe it’s an accident.

Dragging Jane with him through 1940s London, from pub to nightclub to deserted warehouse district, Dagobert throws himself enthusiastically—if eccentrically—into sleuthdom, determined to track down a real-life killer.

In their easy camaraderie and witty banter, Dagobert and Jane bring to mind Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora, but Jane is every inch Dagobert’s intellectual equal and partner in detection.

A classic Golden Age mystery, She Shall Have Murder, the first in Delano Ames’s Dagobert and Jane Brown series, stands up to the best in its genre today. But its absorbing portrayal of life in London between the wars adds another dimension, highlighted in this annotated Manor Minor Press edition.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

It is always a pleasure to read The Rue Morgue Press mysteries. They take us back to another genteel, in many ways more intelligent, time. Delano Ames creates an easy camaraderie between Jane and Dagobert, making for an easy, elegant whodunit.


Sucks you in from page one. It’s written so that it just flows from page to page and it’s a really enjoyable read.


Delano Ames’s writing is delightfully wry, and Dagobert and Jane are a lively, smart-talking pair. Dagobert delights in tricking suspects and driving them a little crazy with his antics, while Jane often tries to puncture Dagobert’s bumptiousness with a well-placed dart or two. Jane is an active partner in the sleuthing; a supremely intelligent young woman who is up to the challenge of solving the crime.


I liked the unique way that this book was written. I had a few good laughs and enjoyed the way the discovery of the murdered was presented. I also enjoyed the references to entertainers of that time period.


I very much enjoyed reading this amateur sleuth mystery from the Golden Age of British mysteries. Besides the writing, I particularly enjoyed Jane, the narrator’s, views of writing a mystery book, her office colleagues, and her boyfriend’s life-style, although he could sometimes be a little irritating.

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About The Author

Delano Ames (May 29, 1906 – January 1987) was an American writer of detective stories. Ames was the author of some 20 books, many of them featuring a husband and wife detective team of amateurs named ‘Dagobert and Jane Brown’. A later series of novels involved a character named Juan Lorca, of the Spanish Civil Guard, who solved local mysteries.

Born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Delano’s father Benjamin worked for the local newspaper, but moved the family in 1917 to New Mexico.

Ames married Australian born writer, Maysie Greig (1901-1971) in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1929. Greig was a prolific author of light-hearted romance novels. They divorced in 1937.

Ames lived in England for the next few years, where he married his second wife, Kit, and was assigned as a British intelligence officer during World War II. He also worked on anthologies on mythology and as a translator for Larousse in France. His last book was an introduction for a book of photography of Spain in 1971.

He died in Madrid, Spain, in January 1987.

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