Monthly Archives: February 2012

What the CWA Top 100 missed (US authors)

My ambition to read all top 100 CWA titles is going well, but I keep thinking of titles that seem to have been missed off the list. I’ve read mainly US titles so far, so here are five surprise omissions … Continue reading

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DARKNESS AT PEMBERLEY (1932) by TH White | Tipping My Fedora

A great review of a crime novel that hadn’t come to my attention before, and by one of my all-time favourite writers (The Once and Future King has been on my bookshelf since the 80s). DARKNESS AT PEMBERLEY (1932) by TH … Continue reading

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Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop

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The Moving Toyshop Edmund Crispin First published in the UK 1946, Gollancz This edition 1956, Penguin ISBN: N/A 207 pages Score 3/5 This is a nicely lived-in 1958 Penguin edition with a frankly hilarious author photo on the back. The front … Continue reading

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First ever detective novel back in print after 150 years

First ever detective novel back in print after 150 years | Books | guardian.co.uk. ‘The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Felix, dating back to 1862, preceded The Moonstone by some years.’  

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Ruth Rendell: A Demon in my View

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A Demon in my View Ruth Rendell First published in the UK 1976, Macmillan This edition 2004, Arrow Books ISBN: 9780099148609 214 pages Score 3/5 I came to A Demon in my View after reading two American psychological thrillers, A … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie cut down for ELT students

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‘There’s a high awareness of Agatha Christie out there but a lot of non-English speakers would find the originals too difficult. The language is quite archaic, the plots are quite difficult, with loads of characters,’ said publisher Catherine Whitaker. ‘Her … Continue reading

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Colin Dexter: The Dead of Jericho

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The Dead of Jericho Colin Dexter First published in the UK 1981, Macmillan This edition 1982, Pan Books ISBN: 9780330266932 302 pages Score: 3/5 Looking at my blog usage statistics, this page gets  a lot of hits and I’m curious … Continue reading

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James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice

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The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain First published in the US 1934 This edition 2005, Orion Books ISBN: 9780752861746 116 pages Score: 3/5 This is a short book with a very simple story. Frank and Cora, limited by poverty … Continue reading

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Edgar Wallace: The Four Just Men

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The Four Just Men Edgar Wallace First published 1906 This edition 20o1, House of Stratus ISBN: 9781842326831 120 pages Score: 2/5 Incredibly, Edgar Wallace wrote over 170 books in the early part of the last century. More than 50 of them are … Continue reading

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Dreamworks to remake Rebecca

According to my sources over at Crimespree, Dreamworks is planning a new version of Rebecca (review here). Steven Knight, who wrote the screenplay for Dirty Pretty Things, is reported to be writing the script. As the proud owner of a new BT … Continue reading

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