Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pick of the month: July 2012

This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise. July was a slow reading month for me. However, it marked the 25% point in my challenge to read the top 100 crime novels according to the CWA’s 1990 list. … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison

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Strong Poison Dorothy L. Sayers First published in the UK 1930, Victor Gollancz Ltd This edition 2003, New English Library ISBN: 9780450013928 304 pages Score 5/5 ‘There were crimson roses on the bench; they looked like splashes of blood.’ ‘The judge … Continue reading

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P. D. James: Devices and Desires

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Devices and Desires P. D. James First published in the UK 1989, Faber and Faber This edition 1974, Warner Books ISBN: 0446359750 466 pages Score 4/5 This is a souvenir of my recent trip to San Diego. I’d given up … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell: A Fatal Inversion

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Get A Fatal Inversion on DVD from Amazon.com (US visitors) A Fatal Inversion Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine First published in the UK 1987, Viking ISBN: 0670809772 317 pages Score 4/5 I bought this on a recent trip to … Continue reading

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More on Father Brown

I blogged a few weeks ago about my sense of impending disappointment about the new Father Brown series with Mark Williams. I did some Googling about the series last night and have some links to share: The Blockley Blower (a fairly Chestertonian name itself) … Continue reading

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Murder Must Advertise: The Mustard Club

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I mentioned at the end of my recent Dorothy L. Sayers review that she drew on her own experiences as a copywriter to write Murder Must Advertise, and that she even cheekily mentioned one of her own campaigns: The Mustard … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise

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Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers First published in the UK 1933, Gollancz This edition 1953, Gollancz ISBN: N/A Score 4/5 I bought this unassuming edition for £2 from the excellent Dormouse Bookshop on Elm Hill, Norwich – where there … Continue reading

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The Mystery of 221B Baker Street | Design Decoded

Article from the Smithsonian Magazine on the multiple replica 221Bs: The Mystery of 221B Baker Street | Design Decoded. ‘The Sherlock Holmes Museum, which includes a full replica of Holmes’s flat, was also allowed by special permission of the City … Continue reading

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Six months in…

I’ve been blogging for six months as of today, which I have taken as an invitation to write a history of Past Offences so far. My first post was about Brahms and Simon’s comic classic A Bullet in the Ballet, which … Continue reading

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Death in the Truffle Wood by Pierre Magnan

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Death in the Truffle Wood Pierre Magnan (translated by Patricia Clancy) First published in France,  Librairie Arthème Fayard, 1978 This edition 2005, Harvill Press ISBN: 1843431904 201  pages Score 5/5 I discovered Pierre Magnan a couple of years ago thanks to my local … Continue reading

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