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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. This month RogerBW coded himself into picking us a year and plumped for … Continue reading

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Crooked House movie update

I noticed some news items recently about the forthcoming Neil LaBute film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1949 standalone novel Crooked House, which reminded me of reporting a similar story back in 2012. Amazingly that was the same film, which goes … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Mr Quin

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After I turned from poetry and ghost stories to crime, Harlequin finally reappeared; a figure invisible except when he chose, not quite human, yet concerned with the affairs of human beings and particularly of lovers. He is also the advocate … Continue reading

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Whom do you suspect, and why?

I thought it was high time for another Solv-a-Crime. Usual thing – the best answer gets to choose next month’s year for Crimes of the Century, or, at the judge’s discretion, a cash prize of £100,000 in used bank notes … Continue reading

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Augmented Christie

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You’ve probably all picked up on the new Agatha Christie stamps from the Royal Mail (and they are very clever designs) – but have you seen they come with Pokemon Go-style extra augmented reality? +1 for the terrible corporate music.

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Frank McAuliffe: Rather a Vicious Gentleman

Excellence in any field deserves recognition. Ergo: this journal.

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Elspeth Huxley: The Merry Hippo

A Royal Commission has been assembled to consider the road to independence for Hapana, a Protectorate leaving the British Empire. As part of their pre-conference research, they are staying at the Merry Hippo in Happy Landings, a pleasant town owned by a … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night

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There is no chance assembly of people who cannot make lively conversation about drains.

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Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye

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Crime isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour, except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack. We’re a big, rough, rich, wild people and crime … Continue reading

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‘Tasteless and immoral’: the #1954book results

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Every month on Past Offences we review the crime fiction of a particular year. This month regular player Kate from the excellent crossexaminingcrime chose 1954. New player Jason Half opened fishily with George Milner’s Shark Among Herrings, expressing my own feelings about … Continue reading

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