Mystery Books

  • Dreamcatcher

    Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them

  • Jihad (Stephen Coonts' Deep Black, Book 5)

    The word's most effective anti-terrorist force has the tools to monitor every move the enemy makes. They've planted a listening

  • My Laugh Comes Last

    Farrell Brannigan, President of the National Californian Bank, is an extremely successful man. So when he builds another bank in a

  • Capital Crimes

    Internationally bestselling husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crim

  • Burn Marks (V.I. Warshawski Novels)

    Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never  good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news  arrives in the form of her wack

  • Tell Me Your Dreams

    Computer whiz Ashley Patterson is convinced she is being stalked. Coworker Toni Prescott has a penchant for Internet dating and li

  • Bad Business (Spenser)

    One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to

  • More...

Mystery Movies

  • Interstellar (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

    With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling bey

  • Devil

    Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their

  • The Killing Room

    In this highly charged, psychological thrill ride, four strangers are recruited as volunteers in a scientific research study. But

  • Prometheus

    Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundb

  • Lost Highway

    Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highwa

  • More...

Mystery Authors

Book reviews - The Party At No 5

The Party At No 5

Author: Shelley Smith
0 (0 Votes)
An unwanted guest…

Mrs. Rampage lives alone in a large house full of her precious belongings.

With her daughter living the other side of the world, she is persuaded by friends that she ought to take a companion into her home.

Begrudgingly she accepts a well-mannered lady, Mrs. Roach, to keep her company, who has a view to assist her where necessary.

With few possessions of her own, Mrs. Roach is in desperate need of a place to stay, but she soon has her own ideas about how things should be run under Mrs. Rampage’s roof.

With Mrs. Rampage protective of her multiple antiques and family heirlooms, the pair’s initially amicable relationship soon turns sour...

Before long, both are miserable, but feeling desperate, and with nowhere to go, Mrs. Roach makes it her duty to stay...

The senility of Mrs. Rampage is soon questioned and the lives of both her and Mrs. Roach become entangled in catastrophic circumstances.

The Party at No.5 subtly shocks and effortlessly transcends from humour to horror.

Praise for The Party at No.5

“...This is one of Miss Smith’s most telling tales, maneuvered with a sort of inexorable malice while altering its mood from light amusement to horror and then to a fiercely poignant finale. A very good piece of work indeed.”
New York Herald Tribune

“Often subtle and interesting … earns high marks as an understated study in intimate domestic evil.” — Anthony Boucher, New York Times

“[This] inverted mystery is a novel of dreadful credibility, brilliantly written and exercising an uncanny power of dividing the reader’s sympathies.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for Shelley Smith

'Brilliant' – The Observer

'Stylish Thriller' - The Daily Herald

‘Beautifully Written' – The Spectator

'Miss Shelley Smith is among the most distinguished of those writers who have abandoned the detective story for the crime novel. . . The story maintains its tension to the end . . . What she has set out to do is done superlatively well.' -Times Literary Supplement

Nancy Bodington was born in 1912. Under the pen name of Shelley Smith,she wrote 15 crime and detective novels between 1942 and 1978. Smith is best known for The Ballard of the Running Man and its 1963 film adaption starring Laurence Harvey and Lee Remick.

US publication: