#1969book sign-up page

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Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Bernadette chose us 1969 for October. If you want to take part, you can! When you’ve written your post, just … Continue reading

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‘Crass. Crude. Cringe-inducing’. And that was just the music. The #1976book round-up

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Every month at Past Offences we review all hell out of a chosen year, and September’s target was 1976, chosen by Santosh. Karen published a handy bibliography over at Eurocrime, with big titles including Agatha Christie’s final novel, the first (and … Continue reading

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(By the Pricking of My) Thumbs down for Partners in Crime

The Radio Times has suggested that the recent David Walliams/Jessica Raine version of Agatha Christie ‘s Tommy and Tuppence novels will not be coming back for a second series. Despite glossy production values, the series disappointed fans of the books, … Continue reading

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Edwards, Martin: The Golden Age of Murder

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Just a quick note that my review of Martin Edwards’ The Golden Age of Murder has just appeared at Eurocrime. A very timely book, given the seemingly massive resurgence of interest in classic crime fiction, and a great Christmas gift … Continue reading

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P. G. Wodehouse: The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England

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P. G. Wodehouse isn’t an obvious candidate for a classic crime blog, but I thought I’d review The Swoop as a warning to the unwary. Continue reading

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Avery Hopwood: The Bat

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Late last year I read Mary Robert Rinehart’s ‘had I but known’ classic The Circular Staircase. I really took to the narrator, Miss Rachel Innes, who in her old age is ready for adventure. It’s… the story of how a middle-aged spinster … Continue reading

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Lionel Davidson: The Sun Chemist

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Lionel Davidson surely deserves a bit of a renaissance. With two titles in the CWA’s 1990 list of the top 100 crime and thriller novels, he ranks alongside John Le Carré, and outranks Ian Fleming; The Sun Chemist is at number 88 in the CWA chart. Davidson won the CWA’s Gold Dagger three times and also won the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 2001. Continue reading

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Frank Richardson: The Mayfair Mystery

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The Mayfair Mystery Frank Richardson First published 1907 by Mitchell Kennerley as 2835 Mayfair Published 1929 by the Detective Story Club Ltd This edition HarperCollins, August 2015 240 pages ISBN: 9780008137083 Source: Bodies from the Library The Detective Story Club was launched by the … Continue reading

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First pic of Rowan Atkinson as Maigret

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Thought I’d share the first picture of Rowan Atkinson as pipe-wielding flic Maigret…

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Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (Second Period)

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A Word With You On Your Cap-Ribbons Continue reading

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