#1957book 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. Regular players Brad and John between them chose 1957 for May. If you want to take part, you can! When you’ve written … Continue reading

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‘Boobs, booze, bigotry and bullets’: 1947 book

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Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Regular contributor Santosh picked 1947, which proved to be something of a challenge for lots of us – it seems like … Continue reading

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#1945book 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. Regular contributor Bev has chosen 1945 for April. So did anyone have the energy to produce crime fiction in ’45? I … Continue reading

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Rowan Atkinson in Maigret Sets a Trap – review

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So chez Past Offences, we enjoyed last night’s Maigret Sets a Trap. If you’d like to head over to The Killing Times, you can read my thoughts on the show. It’s all about the stare.

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UK readers – look out for Maigret Sets a Trap tonight

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The Rowan Atkinson Maigret appears on our screens for the first time tonight in Maigret Sets a Trap (9PM on ITV). A killer stalks and murders young women in the Montmartre district of 1955 Paris, a city still struggling to … Continue reading

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Solv-a-Crime take 2

The last Solv-a-Crime challenge was fun, so here’s another poser for the Bank Holiday. The Case of the Room-mate’s Remains

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1947 caption competition

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Just going to try this out in support of #1947book… Here’s a 1947 police picture, who can come up with the best caption? Like all the best competitions, this one has no prize apart from an ego boost  

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Gerald Kersh: Prelude to a Certain Midnight

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She wanted to do something to somebody. She felt a need for a hushed Old Bailey, a Black Cap, a Sentence, a rope snapping taut and a gratified crowd outside grey walls half-cheering while a man in uniform pasted up … Continue reading

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H. R. F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah

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‘Good lad. Remember, we’re here to see that things are done in this country the right way. It isn’t easy. We wouldn’t have been put here if it was. So we’ve got to do our best, always. All right?’ H. … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

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‘Your fat chief of police tried to assassinate me last night. I don’t like that. I’m just mean enough to want to ruin him for it. Now I’m going to have my fun. I’ve got ten thousand dollars of your money to … Continue reading

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