Patricia Moyes' series (from the archives)
don't have adequate time to do Patricia Moyes justice, but when I think
back to the various detective series I read in my twenties, one that
stands out for me is Patricia
Moyes' series of mysteries about Inspector Henry Tibbett, who solved
many of his cases with the help of his wife, Emmy. I found their
marriage as well as their cases fun.
Anthony Boucher wrote this in the NYT at the time of the first of the series, DEAD MEN DON'T SKI.
“If you’re as hungry as I am for a really good whodunit. you will welcome the debut of Patricia Moyes."
may not be as hungry for whodunits as we were then, but they can still
be very satisfying when done well. If I can count on my memory, these
The setting for that first book DEAD MEN DON'T SKI was the
Italian Alps, where Henry Tibbett, on vacation from Scotland Yard. Henry
and his wife. Emmy, have settled in for some skiing, when Henry
uncovers a smuggling ring, which includes hotel guests.
Then a guest who was alive when the ski lift began its descent is found dead when the lift touches bottom.
Tibbett, Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, gave me many hours of
pleasure and I remember sadly the day when I learned of Moyes' death.
Here are the books in the series:
Dead Men Don't Ski (1958)
The Sunken Sailor (1961)
aka Down Among the Dead Men
Death On the Agenda (1962)
Murder a La Mode (1963)
Falling Star (1964)
Johnny Underground (1965)
Murder By Threes (1965)
Murder Fantastical (1967)
Death and the Dutch Uncle (1968)
Who Saw Her Die? (1970)
aka Many Deadly Returns
Season of Snows and Sins (1971)
The Curious Affair of the Third Dog (1973)
Black Widower (1975)
To Kill a Coconut (1977)
aka The Coconut Killings
Who Is Simon Warwick? (1978)
Angel Death (1980)
A Six Letter Word for Death (1983)
Night Ferry to Death (1985)
Black Girl, White Girl (1989)
Twice in a Blue Moon (1993)
Who Killed Father Christmas?: And Other Unseasonable Demises (1996)