Ianthe Jerrold: The Studio Crime

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The Studio Crime Ianthe Jerrold First published in the UK  1929 by Chapman and Hall This edition: Dean Street Press, 2015 ISBN: 9781910570449 292 pages Source: Review copy from Dean Street Press – thanks! Dean Street Press are surging forwards with their … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: SS-GB

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SS-GB Len Deighton First published in the UK 1978 by Jonathan Cape 350 pages This edition BCA Source: The Dormouse Bookshop, Norwich SS-GB opens in a counter-factual version of November 1941. The German Army has occupied Great Britain, the King is imprisoned in the … Continue reading

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Nicolas Freeling: Double-Barrel

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Double-Barrel Nicolas Freeling First published by Victor Gollancz, UK, 1964 This edition Penguin Books 1967 ISBN: 0140025855 Cover design by Robert Hollingsworth Source: City Books Norwich ‘You have acquired a professionalism, a competence – and the usual police skills. But … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: Some Must Watch

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Some Must Watch Ethel Lina White First published in the UK 1933 by Ward, Lock and Co. 256 pages in print This edition Business and Leadership Publishing Helen Capel is 19 years old, ‘a small erect figure’ in a shabby tweed coat and a … Continue reading

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John and Emery Bonett: Dead Lion

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Dead Lion John and Emery Bonett First published by Michael Joseph in the UK 1949 This edition, Penguin Books 1953 213 pages Source: The bookshelf Cyprian Druse is a literary lion, a celebrated BBC intellectual, and a feared critic who can make and destroy reputations (he … Continue reading

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Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery

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The Grell Mystery Frank Froest First published in the UK 1913 by Eveleigh Nash 324 pages in print This edition Project Gutenberg Frank Froest was Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Metropolitan Police from 1906 to his retirement in 1912 … Continue reading

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Missed-eries

Kaggsy’s confession that she had never read Patricia Highsmith made me think about some of the classic crime writers that I still haven’t got around to. Here is a rundown of my top five to-be-read authors. Regency Ducked Georgette Heyer’s period … Continue reading

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#1949book sign-up page

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Every month on Past Offences we try to review crime fiction from a chosen year. You see the results so far collected at my new Crimes of the Century page. John from Noirish has chosen 1949 as the reading year for May, so here … Continue reading

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From ‘The shadowed streets of ancient Peking’ to the Mexican border #1936book

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Thanks to everyone who submitted a review for the April 2015 challenge to review a book or film from 1936. Lucy at The Art of Words chose 1936 and reviewed Thankyou Mr Moto by John P. Marquand, which introduces this month’s front-cover … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground

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Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith First published in the US by Random House, 1970 This edition, Penguin Books 1985 ISBN: 0140036024 264 pages Source: City Books, Norwich Murchison was not artistic. Or he wouldn’t be talking like this. Murchison didn’t … Continue reading

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