Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios

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The Mask of Dimitrios Eric Ambler with an introduction by Robert Harris First published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton, 1939 This edition published 1999 by Macmillan 033374604X 304 pages Moira made the inspired choice of 1939 for my reading challenge … Continue reading

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Andrew Spiller: Rope for Breakfast

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Rope for Breakfast Andrew Spiller Published for the Crime Book Society by Denis Archer, 1945 Source: Richmond Books, Richmond, Yorkshire I picked this up during a brief stay in Richmond last month, mainly because the inscription caught my eye. Andrew … Continue reading

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John Rhode: A. S. F.

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A. S. F. The Story of a Great Conspiracy John Rhode First published by Geoffrey Bles, 1924, UK This edition, Geoffrey Bles, 1949 Source: Richard Sylvanus Williams via Abebooks “Wipe out Westwood!” “Westwood Won’t Wash!” One of the most intriguing … Continue reading

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Top Notch News

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News just in from Mike Ripley, in his role as Series Editor for Top Notch Thrillers at my local classic crime imprint Ostara. The latest releases from Ostara Publishing’s Top Notch Thrillers imprint offer a double-barrelled blast of cult spy fiction from … Continue reading

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New to me authors, April-June 2014

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise hosts a quarterly round-up of favourite new authors. I haven’t contributed there for a while, but here goes… Putting aside the many new-to-me authors contained within the pages of Michael Sims’ The Dead Witness  (although I’d … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere – June 2014

A super busy month in classic crime fiction last month. So much good stuff that I’ve opted for my favoured ‘unusual suspects’ approach – highlighting posts selected from some non-crime blogs. Science-fiction author Adam Roberts currently blogs at Sibilant Fricative and this … Continue reading

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#1939book challenge

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For anybody wishing to take part in another challenge this month, the year (chosen by Moira from Clothes in Books) is 1939. To quote Winston Churchill from that year: We must not underrate the gravity of the task which lies … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Warm Pulp: Classic crime fiction of 1963

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Last month I decided to see if it might be nice to adopt a year as the theme for this month’s round-up. Turns out 1963 (chosen at random by one of the Minor Offences) was quite an eventful year. In the … Continue reading

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Gladys Edson Locke’s The House on the Downs

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The House on the Downs Gladys Edson Locke First published in the US 1925, L. C. Page This edition 1925, A. L. Burt Company 305 pages Source: A Great Book Shop, Pueblo, Colorado via Abebooks So I blogged some time ago … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: London Match

London Match Len Deighton First published in the UK 1985 by Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd This edition Grafton Books, 1988 ISBN: 9780586066357 405 pages Source: Wymondham Duck Race ‘There’s no one in the German section with field experience comparable to yours. You’re bright as hell, … Continue reading

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