Title Anagrams

In line with my online handle, below are twenty titles that authors of mystery fiction strangely chose not to use for their novels. Can you rearrange them to find the real book?

Hint 1 is the number of letters in each word, Hint 2 is the author. Highlight the space  next to the hints to show the hidden text.

Answers – if required – will be provided sometime next week.

  1. Dated Passion                      Hint 1 (2,4,2,4)      Hint 2 J. J. Connington
  2. Castle St Astern                   Hint 1 (6,4,4)         Hint 2 E. C. Bentley
  3. Gyrated Catheter                Hint 1 (5,3,7)          Hint 2 Agatha Christie
  4. Head is Deadly                     Hint 1 (3,4,1,4)      Hint 2 Carter Dickson
  5. Heavy Crest Arrested        Hint 1 (3,6,9)         Hint 2 Agatha Christie
  6. Hooking the Creed             Hint 1 (3,7,5)          Hint 2 John Dickson Carr
  7. Meerkat for Malan             Hint 1 (6,3,1,5)      Hint 2 Michael Innes
  8. Monkey Who Stole Cube  Hint 1 (3,3,6,2,4) Hint 2 Agatha Christie
  9. One Not Motivated             Hint 1 (8,2,5)         Hint 2 Freeman Wills Crofts
  10. Our Damned Germ              Hint 1 (6,4,3)        Hint 2 Philip MacDonald
  11. Our Defector                          Hint 1 (4,2,5)         Hint 2 Christianna Brand
  12. Our Main Complainer        Hint 1 (9,2,6)         Hint 2 Rupert Penny
  13. Profit Hit Me                          Hint 1 (3,2,3,3)      Hint 2 Hake Talbot
  14. Sailing Wall Alibis               Hint 1 (5,5,7)          Hint 2 Helen McCloy
  15. Spoon Storing                       Hint 1 (6,6)             Hint 2 Dorothy L. Sayers
  16. Swing Eternal Sea               Hint 1 (4,4,7)          Hint 2 H. Waugh or C. Dexter
  17. The Haunted Linnet           Hint 1 (5,2,3,6)      Hint 2 Miles Burton
  18. Tripe at the Anvil                 Hint 1 (5,3,7)          Hint 2 Georges Simenon
  19. Varlets Migrate                     Hint 1 (7,7)              Hint 2 Georges Simenon
  20. Wanted Dry Nose                 Hint 1 (3,4,6)          Hint 2 Ellery Queen

Previous puzzles can be found here.

3 thoughts on “Title Anagrams”

  1. Can’t figure ou #18
    1. No Past is Dead
    2. Trent’s Last Case
    3. Three Act Tragedy
    4. She Died a Lady
    5. The Secret Adversary
    6. The Crooked Hinge
    7. Lament for a Maker
    8. One, Two, Buckle my Shoe
    9. Antidote to Venom
    10. Murder Gone Mad
    11. Tour de Force
    12. Policeman in Armour
    13. Rim of the Pit
    14. Alias Basil Willing
    15. Strong Poison
    16. Last Seen Wearing
    17. Death in the Tunnel
    18. ??
    19. Maigret Travels
    20. Ten Days’ Wonder

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