Nicholas Blake
Nicholas Blake is the pseudonym of British Poet Laureate C. Day Lewis (1904-1972), who wrote mystery novels under this pen name. He writes the Nigel Strangeways series. As C. Day Lewis, he had an illustrious career both as an academic and as a literary figure, producing many collections of poetry, critical works, translations and novels. He married his second wife, actress Jill Balcon, in 1951. He had four children, including actor Daniel Day Lewis.

Nicholas Blake debuted his pen name in 1935 with the novel A Question of Proof, introducing readers to Nigel Strangeways. His final novel was The Private Wound, published in 1968. Below is a list of Nicholas Blake’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Nigel Strangeways Books

A Question of Proof(1935) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thou Shell of Death(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
There's Trouble Brewing(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Beast Must Die(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Smiler with the Knife(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Malice in Wonderland(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Abominable Snowman(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Minute for Murder(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Head of a Traveler(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dreadful Hollow(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Whisper in the Gloom(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
End of Chapter(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Widow's Cruise(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Worm of Death(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sad Variety(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Morning After Death(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Tangled Web(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Penknife in My Heart(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deadly Joker(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Private Wound(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Thou Shell of Death was also published as Shell of Death. Malice in Wonderland was also titled The Summer Camp Mystery and as The Malice with Murder. The Case of the Abominable Snowman is also known as The Corpse in the Snowman. The Whisper in the Gloom was also published as Catch and Kill. A Tangled Web was also titled Death and Daisy Bland.

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Nicholas Blake Synopses: A Tangled Web is a standalone title by Nicholas Blake. A chance meeting in a London street in the 1950s… and fate is sealed for carefree cat burglar Hugo Chesterman and Daisy Bland, the girl eager to become his mistress. When a police offer is murdered in Brighton, though, neither is prepared for the suspicion that falls upon them.

The Private Wound is the final standalone novel by Nicholas Blake. It is Ireland in 1939, and a young novelist rents a lonely cottage to write his new book in peace. Almost at once, and without great resistance, he is seduced by the wife of the local squire. Harriet’s husband is an older man – hot-tempered, impoverished, gone to seed – who once fought famously against the Black and Tans. Soon this eternal triangle becomes a local scandal, and the atmosphere of threat and violence, intensified by the approaching war in Europe, leads to a horrific murder.

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