Monthly Archives: May 2012

May pick of the month

After a quiet April, May was a busier reviewing month for me. I tackled my small pile of books for Euro Crime and continued to read my way through my wife’s birthday gifts chosen from the CWA Top 100. I … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Day

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Gideon’s Day J. J. Marric First published in the UK 1955, Hodder & Stoughton This edition 1958, Pan Books ISBN: N/A 188 pages Score 5/5 This was the last of Mrs Offence’s selections. I opened the Woman in White earlier … Continue reading

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Colonel March on YouTube

Browsing YouTube tonight I’ve made a real discovery. Somebody called TellyComedyAndDrama has uploaded all 26 episodes of the 1950s TV series Colonel March, based on the Carter Dickson character – ‘the leading nosey-body in the world,’ according to his Scotland … Continue reading

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The Poisoned Chocolates Case

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The Poisoned Chocolates Case Anthony Berkeley First published in the UK 1929 This edition 1986,  Penguin Books ISBN: 0140081615 254 pages Score 3/5 This was the another of Mrs Offence’s selections. Only two more to go. The irascible Sir Eustace Pennefather is … Continue reading

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Rise of the serial killer – with a graph!

The recent-ish discussion about gory autopsy scenes at Mrs Peabody Investigates got me thinking about other current trends in crime writing. The early history of the autopsy scene seemed to be clear (see Rhian’s comments, mainly). But what about serial … Continue reading

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Spoiler Alert 2! (Edgar Allen Poe)

I mentioned a while back that a friend of mine at university had a copy of Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination with a give-away image on the cover.  I decided to see if I could dig it … Continue reading

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