Tom Sharpe: Riotous Assembly

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Riotous Assembly Tom Sharpe First published in the UK 1971 by Martin Secker and Warburg Ltd This edition Random House ISBN: 9781446474679 Source: Kindle I decided to combine this month’s crime-novel-of-the-year challenge (1971) with my own travels, choosing the South African-set Riotous Assembly to … Continue reading

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Arthur J. Rees: The Shrieking Pit

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The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees First published in the UK, 1919 This edition: Project Gutenberg The inn, seen in the grey evening of a grey day, had a stark and sinister aspect, an atmosphere of mystery and secretiveness, an air of … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: The China Governess

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The China Governess Margery Allingham First published in the UK, 1963, Chatto & Windus This edition: Penguin Books ISBN: 9780140166194 267 pages Source: The bookshelf ‘I don’t know why one does go out of one’s way to oblige Money. it’s a funny … Continue reading

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#1971book sign-up page

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The Puzzle Doctor has moved us forward a few decades, picking 1971 as our focus for December. Some non-crime books from 1971: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, William … Continue reading

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‘I ‘ave ‘alf a mind to ‘ave ye keelhauled, ye blithering ape!’ #1946book

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  Welcome to the round-up page for this month’s crime-fiction-of-the-year challenge. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and as usual I apologise in advance if I’ve missed your entry. I’m bound to have missed somebody. Last month John at Pretty Sinister Books brought … Continue reading

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J. Jefferson Farjeon: Mystery in White

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Mystery in White J. Jefferson Farjeon First published in the UK, 1937, Wright and Brown This edition: British Library, 2014 256 pages Source: Review copy from the British Library – thanks. The Great Snow began on the evening of December 19th. The Mystery in White … Continue reading

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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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