Cyril Hare: With A Bare Bodkin

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With a Bare Bodkin Cyril Hare First published in the UK, 1946, Faber and Faber This edition: Penguin Books, 1954 220 pages ‘This place would make quite a good setting for a homicide.’ When I last encountered Frances Pettigrew, in … Continue reading

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David Walliams as Tommy, Partners in Crime


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My local paper, the Eastern Daily Press, has been carrying a few stories about the new BBC version of Partners in Crime, which has been filming in the seaside town of Cromer. Today it had a picture of David Walliams as Tommy.

More on Partners in Crime.

More on Cromer (possibly ‘Eastrepps’ in Golden Age classic Death Walks in Eastrepps)..

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Arthur J. Rees: The Moon Rock

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The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees First published in the UK, 1922 This edition: Project Gutenberg The pride of the Turold family rested on the belief that they were of noble blood—the lineal inheritors of a great English title which had … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie First published in the US, 1920, John Lane 296 pages (in the first edition) Source: Project Gutenberg ‘Look after her, Mr. Hastings. My poor Emily. They’re a lot of sharks – all of them… … Continue reading

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#1946book sign-up

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Welcome to this month’s crime fiction of the year sign-up page. John from Pretty Sinister Books won last month’s spookiest book competition, with a bit of Fu-Manchu from 1932. His choice for November is 1946. A year when the world … Continue reading

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‘I will see you and kill you to-morrow at daybreak’ #1932book

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Happy Hallowe’en, blog-readers! Les at Classic Mysteries chose 1932 as our focus-year for October, and once again I was inundated with entries. Thanks everybody. (And a special mention for everyone I’ve missed. You’re the best ones.) No children’s classic with … Continue reading

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Ellery Queen: The Egyptian Cross Mystery

The Egyptian Cross Mystery Ellery Queen First published in the US, 1932, Stokes This edition: Penguin Books, 1964 267 pages Source: The bookshelf ‘I am the Healer of the Weak. I make ill bodies well and strong. I am he who sails … Continue reading

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (movie)

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue Universal Pictures 1932 Director: Robert Florey Starring: Sidney Fox (as Camille), Bela Lugosi (Dr Mirakle), Leon Ames (Pierre Dupin), Bert Roach (Paul), Charles Gemora (Erik the Gorilla) Over at the #1932book sign-up, John at … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: The Secret Adversary

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The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie First published in the UK 1922, The Bodley Head This edition: Project Gutenberg Outwardly, he’s an ordinary clean-limbed, rather block-headed young Englishman. Slow in his mental processes. On the other hand, it’s quite impossible to lead him astray … Continue reading

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«élémentaire, mon cher Watson»

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Last month I blogged about the BFI’s search for a lost Sherlock Holmes film dating from 1914. Yesterday it was announced that a different Holmes film, dating to 1916, had been discovered at the Cinémathèque Française. Although two years younger, … Continue reading

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