Monthly Archives: November 2012

November’s classic crime (well, espionage)

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In honour of the latest James Bond, Skyfall, which I saw early in the month, and my discovery of Modesty Blaise, I’ve decided to devote this month’s round-up of classic crime to the genre’s close relative, spy fiction. Starting with … Continue reading

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Faber Finds

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Any fan worth their salt will have noticed the recent vast improvement in the availability of classic crime. As the e-book market fast approaches maturity, there has been a bit of a gold-rush on authors previously only discoverable in second-hand … Continue reading

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Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair

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The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey First published in the UK 1948, Peter Davies This edition 1962, Penguin Books 254 pages Score 4/5 I got myself this lovely Penguin at Skoob Books, the (literally) underground bookstore at the Brunswick Centre in … Continue reading

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Peter O’Donnell: A Taste for Death (Modesty Blaise)

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A Taste for Death Peter O’Donnell First published in the UK 1969, Souvenir Press This edition 2012, Souvenir Press ISBN: 9780285637658 288 pages Score 4/5 I’d heard of Modesty Blaise but knew very little about her. If pushed, I would … Continue reading

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Bello

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A few weeks ago I was delighted to be contacted by James Long of Bello Books, with an offer to look at some of their e-books. We are a digital imprint, designed to use digital publishing technology to bring back … Continue reading

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Roy Vickers: The Department of Dead Ends

The Department of Dead Ends Roy Vickers First published in the UK 1949, Faber & Faber This edition 2012, Bello Books ASIN:┬áB008FLDHW4 254 pages (in print) Score 4/5 The Department of Dead Ends has been brought back into print by … Continue reading

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Alistair MacLean: The Guns of Navarone

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The Guns of Navarone Alistair MacLean First published in the UK 1957, William Collins Sons & Co This edition 1978, Fontana Books ISBN: 000615400X 255 pages Score 3/5 For whatever reason, when the CWA compiled their list of the top … Continue reading

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Book report for October 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at┬áMysteries in Paradise. I read: Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key Phil Rickman: The Heresy of Dr Dee Alan Hunter: Gently with the Ladies Nicholas Blake: The Beast … Continue reading

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