Hillary Waugh’s Prisoner’s Plea

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Prisoner’s Plea Hillary Waugh First published in the US, 1963, Doubleday Crime Club This edition: Pan Books, 1966 204 pages Source: The Children’s Society charity shop, Wymondham Dear Chief Fellows: My name is Ernest Sellers and I am in Death … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham’s Hide My Eyes

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Hide My Eyes Margery Allingham First published in the UK by Chatto and Windus, 1958 This edition: Penguin Books, 1961 224 pages Source: My own This month is 1958 month here at Past Offences. I’m hosting a collection of book … Continue reading

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The #1958book sign-up

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to #1952book, which I rounded up last night. For those who still want to play, we are skipping on just a few years to 1958, as suggested by Sorcha at Writing About Books. In 1958 … Continue reading

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Where’s Papa going with that ax? The #1952book challenge

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This month I’m opening with a quiz question: ‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ is the ominous first line of which book from 1952? Answer at the bottom. Thanks to everyone who took part in this month’s challenge. A bumper crop, … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing…

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Last Seen Wearing… Hillary Waugh First published in the US by Doubleday Crime Club, 1952 This edition: 1960, Pan Books 186 pages Source: Greenmetropolis Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an 18-year-old student at a fictional college in Bristol, Massachusetts, goes missing from her dorm. … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: Mrs McGinty’s Dead

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Mrs McGinty’s Dead Agatha Christie First published in the UK by William Collins & Sons, 1952 This edition: Published as part of  The Agatha Christie Crime Collection (with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and They Do It With Mirrors) 1969, Hamlyn Publishing … Continue reading

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Just the Facts: Erik Routley’s The Puritan Pleasures of the Detective Story

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The Puritan Pleasures of the Detective Story Erik Routley First published in the UK by Gollancz, 1972 ISBN: 0575013842 253 pages Source: Borrowed It’s been a while since I wrote up a non-fiction book for ‘Just the Facts’, in fact … Continue reading

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Most Wanted: Sherlock Holmes

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Personally we do not think that either the “legitimate” drama or the picture drama can recapture for us the first fine careless rapture we felt when we came upon these stories in their original version. But we are firmly of … Continue reading

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Joan Hess: Strangled Prose

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Strangled Prose Joan Hess First published in the US 1986 by St Martin’s Press, New York This edition Bello, 2014 ISBN: 9781447276890 150 pages Source: From the publisher I have profiled Bello, Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint, previously on Past Offences. Last … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep

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The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler First published in the US 1939 by Alfred A. Knopf This edition Penguin Books, 2011 ISBN: 9780241956281 251 pages Source: Wymondham Library It’s probably impossible for a lowly blogger to find a fresh angle on The Big Sleep. It … Continue reading

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