Andrew Lycett

Occult Finish

The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley

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Somewhere on my shelves stands a treasured 1936 first edition of a publication called Murder Off Miami. With the cover strapline ‘Dennis Wheatley presents a new era in crime fiction – a murder mystery planned by J G Links’, this so-called ‘crime dossier’ invited readers to solve the murder of British financier Bolitho Blane through the hands-on experience of examining facsimiles of police reports, photographs and various pieces of evidence including yacht blueprints, cigarette stubs and human hair.

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