Reginald Hill: Under World

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But down here survival was too far beneath hope to make a motive, and the darkness was fetid with doubt and accusation. Time for the bottom line, as the Yanks put it. Place for a bottom line too. And the … Continue reading

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Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park

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‘I just wanted you to know exactly where you stood. You’re not here legally. You’re not here illegally either, because then you’d have a leg to stand on. You’re simply not here at all, and there’s no way you can … Continue reading

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Reginald Hill: Deadheads

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‘Clever fellow, our Patrick. Very clever.’ ‘Sir,’ said Pascoe determinedly. ‘Do you still suspect him of something?’ ‘Me? No. Why should I? A lot of people have died, it’s true. But there’s always people dying, isn’t there? And we’ve no … Continue reading

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Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff

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This the second of the Sergeant Cluff novels of Gil North to be resurrected by the British Library this year – the first being Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm. Cluff is a detective in the Dales town of Gunnarshaw (apparently based … Continue reading

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Gil North: Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm

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At intervals along the lines of shops and offices and banks passages no wider than one man at a time could pass led off both sides of the High Street. They tunnelled the buildings and became tiny streets, cottages facing … Continue reading

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Lionel Davidson: The Rose of Tibet

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‘I understand it’s a fine place. they’re very comfortable there. They have good food, doctors, everything. It’s actually a monastery for women. What they call it, is Yamdring.’

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‘Where are you hanging out now?’ The #1929book results

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Every month here at Past Offences, we review crime books and the occasional movie from 1929. For June we set our sights on 1929… Kate at crossexaminingcrime came up trumps with E. M. Channon’s The Chimney Murder (for which I can’t find … Continue reading

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1944 sign-up page

Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. I’ve called it Crimes of the Century. Brad suggested 1944 or 1948 for July, and I’ve plumped for 1944. If you want … Continue reading

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Patricia Wentworth: Fool Errant

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‘Hugo Ross isn’t a fool at all. He’s a boy. He doesn’t suspect people, because he’s friendly like a boy, and shy like a boy. And I think you are safe – oh yes, quite safe – to bank on … Continue reading

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Paul Halter: The Demon of Dartmoor

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‘Three victims of an invisible creature… mysterious cards found near the crime scenes… and a headless horseman riding up into the sky. if this goes on, I’ll go back to my childhood and start believing in the big, bad wolf.’

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