>Q for Quentin

This week´s letter for Kerrie´s Alphabet Meme is Q.

If you look at the picture above, you may well ask yourself, ´is the author called Quentin Patrick, or Patrick Quentin?´

And the answer is, ´neither´.

Behind the two pen names hide two writers, namely Richard Wilson Webb and Hugh Callingham Wheeler.

For an explanation and a full biography visit Wikipedia

The couple wrote around thirty crime novels under the two Quentin pseudonyms between 1931 and 1965, and a dozen novels under other pen names. Their stories are of varying quality, and my own favourite (or more precicely; the only one I really remember) is The Grindle Nightmare (1935). The picture below is of my Danish copy, “Skjult i sne”.

The plot is an exciting story of evil causing havoc in a valley in Massachusetts. A little girl disappears, but this is only the beginning. Murders, arson and cruelty to animals follow until the villagers are on the verge of lynching suspects, and I particularly remember the spectacular plot because I met the concept folie à deux for the first time.

Have you come across any of their works? What did you think about them?


About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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