Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sadie When She Died

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Sadie When She Died Ed McBain First published in the UK 1972, Hamish Hamilton Ltd This edition 1974, Pan Books ISBN: 0330240129 160 pages Score 4/5 This was the first of Mrs Offence’s selections. Last Monday afternoon, when he could … Continue reading

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The Colour of Murder

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The Colour of Murder Julian Symons First published in the UK 1957, Collins This edition 1959, Fontana Books ISBN: 0340014393 191 pages Score 4/5 The third of my wife’s birthday selections, and the last I’ll open for a while as … Continue reading

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Mary Stewart: Nine Coaches Waiting

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Nine Coaches Waiting Mary Stewart First published in the UK 1958, Hodder and Stoughton This edition 1992, Coronet Books ISBN: 0340014393 317 pages Score 3/5 Hmm. Mary Stewart. Turns up twice in the CWA Top 100 (as often as Rendell, McBain … Continue reading

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The Third Man

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The Third Man Graham Greene First published in the UK 1950 This edition 1985, Reclam ISBN: 9783150091807 147 pages not including Anmerkungen, Literaturhinweise and Nachwort Score 4/5 This was the second of Mrs Offence’s birthday selections. It’s one of those … Continue reading

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Freeling, Crispin, Allingham and others bought up by PFD

The literary agency PFD has bought rights to many classic crime authors from Chorion. A spokesperson said: “These are focused high-profile estates that might have a brand that is more recognisable to purchasers. Our strategy is to focus on international … Continue reading

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Mystery packages

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It was my birthday this week and Mrs Offences has very kindly been second-hand-book shopping on my behalf, the results of which are pictured on the left. I’m going to be unwrapping these as I come to them but I did … Continue reading

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Mysterious Press film review: The Postman Always Rings Twice

From the excellent Mysterious Press series ‘The 101 Greatest Films of Mystery and Suspense’, comes the story of the 1946 Lana Turner version of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Read my review of the James M. Cain book.

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Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased

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Smallbone Deceased Michael Gilbert First published in the UK 1950, Hodder and Stoughton This edition Chivers Press (Black Dagger Crime), 2001 ISBN: 0 7540 8600 3 192 pages Score 4/5 Mystery Scene magazine recently profiled Michael Gilbert, saying, ‘Gilbert seems … Continue reading

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Double Indemnity – in Persian

James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity has been translated into Persian and is to be released by the publisher Cheshmeh in Iran. See http://www.ibna.ir/vdcj8vevouqetiz.92fu.html

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