Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sherlock books

Browsing in Waterstone(‘)s today I noticed that BBC Books is cashing in on the popularity of a certain great detective by publishing a range of Sherlock-branded Conan Doyle books, adorned with Cumberbatch and Freeman on the cover. They’ve got ‘extras’ by … Continue reading

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Nicholas Meyer: The Seven-per-Cent Solution

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Nicholas Meyer First published in the UK 1975, Hodder and Stoughton This edition 1976 ISBN: 0340204532 221 pages Score: 4/5 This was the CWA Gold Dagger winner in 1976, but surprisingly does not appear on their 1989 … Continue reading

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Detective Stories Chosen by Philip Pullman

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Detective Stories Philip Pullman First published 1998, Kingfisher ISBN: 0753451468 222 pages Score: 3/5 Cover illustration by Mark Edwards Illustrations by Nick Hardcastle This is a 1998 anthology, but only two of the stories were published after my self-imposed end date on 1987 so … Continue reading

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70s blurbwatch

Thanks to the marketing team at Belmont Books (in 1974) for this collection of excellent 1970s blurbs, found in the back of The Bowstring Murders. DEATH TO THE MAFIA No one can escape the fury of THE MARKSMAN’s blazing guns. … Continue reading

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More 70s blurbs

Some more classic blurbs from the hard-working marketing team at Belmont Tower Books, New York, 1974, culled from the back pages of Carter Dickson’s The Bowstring Murders. These are all titles from a single series, with as far as I … Continue reading

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Carter Dickson: The Bowstring Murders

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The Bowstring Murders Carter Dickson First published 1933, William Morrow This edition Belmont Tower Books, July 1974 ISBN: Not given 245 pages Score: 3/5 The fairly lurid cover shows the investigator John Gaunt looming over the body of Lord Rayle of Bowstring … Continue reading

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Peter Rabe: Stop This Man!

Stop This Man! Peter Rabe First published 1955 This edition Hard Case Crime, 2009 ISBN: 9780843961201 221 pages Score: 3/5 Borrowed from Wymondham Library. This is the first publication of Stop This Man! since 1955, and it comes to us from Hard … Continue reading

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Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon: A Bullet in the Ballet

A Bullet in the Ballet Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon First published Michael Joseph 1937 This edition Sphere, 1969 157 pages ISBN: None listed Investigator: Detective Inspector Adam Quill Chalk outlines: 3/5 Bought for £3, Amnesty Bookshop, Mill Road … Continue reading

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