Monthly Archives: October 2012

Classic crime round-up for October 2012

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October was less crowded with classic crime activity than September, but still presented me with some great reviews and articles to collect together here (and to think when I started this blog I thought classic crime was a neglected area…).

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Nicholas Blake: The Beast Must Die

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The Beast Must Die Nicholas Blake First published in the UK 1938 This edition John Lehmann Ltd, 1949 ISBN: N/A 208 pages Score 4/5 I got this lovely edition of The Beast Must Die at the Dormouse Bookshop on Elm … Continue reading

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Father Brown with Mark Williams: Your questions answered by the BBC producer

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I blogged a few weeks ago that Ceri Meyrick, the BBC producer of next year’s Father Brown series starring Mark Williams, had very kindly agreed to answer some questions about the series. Ceri started as a Radio Production Trainee at … Continue reading

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Edmund Wilson on The Nine Tailors

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was ‘an American writer, literary and social critic, and noted man of letters’ according to Wikipedia. He was a book reviewer for The New Yorker, and wrote a fairly swingeing piece on detective fiction in 1944 called ‘Why do … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors

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The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers First published in the UK 1934, Victor Gollancz Ltd This edition 2003 Hodder and Stoughton ISBN: 9780450001000 374 pages Score 4/5 The Nine Tailors has a striking opening. On a snowy night in the East Anglian fens, Lord … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key

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The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett First published in the UK 1931, Alfred K. Knopf, Inc. This edition 2001, Orion Books ISBN: 0752851330 212 pages Score 5/5 I picked this up on a shopping spree on Norwich market (Ellis Books again). … Continue reading

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Randy Newman: Little Criminals

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A little bit off the beaten track for a crime-fiction blog, but I thought I’d bring you a little bit of Randy Newman this Friday. Many people only know his work through Disney movies, but he’s a great songwriter and … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: September 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise. I’m one of that unhappy minority of readers who actually read less while they’re on holiday. If commuting is good for anything it’s book consumption. Anyway, in September I read: Andrew … Continue reading

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