Monthly Archives: August 2012

Classic crime in the blogosphere, August 2012

I thought a useful thing I might do on Past Offences is record classic crime articles appearing elsewhere in the blogosphere. My intention is to point visitors to other blogs rather than recycle content, so I will restrict myself to … Continue reading

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Midsomer: not as murderous as you might think

Exciting news from the world of science via the Telegraph website. Proving that their parents’ contribution to university fees were not wasted, ‘Open University statisticians’ have worked out the comparative murder rates for two long-running hotbeds of homicide. Midsomer, home … Continue reading

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Just the facts: Murder in Print

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The internet’s great and everything, but it does have downsides. One of them, for me, is the loss of serendipity. Before Amazon, Abebooks and Green Metropolis, I could hear about a book but not actually get hold of it for … Continue reading

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Father Brown: The Secret Garden

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This is my last in my short series of reviews of Father Brown stories, anticipating the BBC series scheduled for 2013. It is again chosen from The Innocence of Father Brown (1911). I will be coming back to Chesterton later, though, … Continue reading

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Father Brown: The Honour of Israel Gow

This is another story from The Innocence of Father Brown (1911). It is one of the more peculiar stories in the collection, and I think one of the most memorable. Flambeau, now a private detective, and Father Brown are at Glengyle … Continue reading

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Sjöwall and Wahlöö: The Fire Engine that Disappeared

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The Fire Engine that Disappeared Sjöwall and Wahlöö, translated by Joan Tate First published in Sweden, 1969, P. A. Norstedt & Söners Forlag This edition Fourth Estate (HarperCollinsPublishers) 2011 ISBN: 9780007439157 258 pages Score 5/5 This is the fifth in … Continue reading

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Father Brown: The Invisible Man

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This is another favourite from The Innocence of Father Brown (1911); a story which established a classic ‘locked room’ trick, variations of which can still be seen to this day. The set-up is rather Sherlockian. The hero of the piece, … Continue reading

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Father Brown: The Absence of Mr Glass

I continue my appreciation of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown with a story taken from the second volume, The Wisdom of Father Brown, originally published in 1914. I was inspired to include this one by Mack’s comments on my review of The … Continue reading

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First picture of Mark Williams as Father Brown

[If you have any questions about the new BBC series of Father Brown, ask here…] An article in the Cotswold Journal gives us the first picture I’ve seen of Mark Williams as Father Brown, and also reveals that the crew … Continue reading

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Ellis Peters: The Leper of Saint Giles

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The Leper of Saint Giles Ellis Peters First published in the UK 1981, Macmillan London Ltd This edition 2000, Warner Books ISBN: 0751511056 223 pages Score 4/5 Quite an ecclesiastical feel this month, with Ellis Peters and G. K. Chesterton turning up … Continue reading

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