Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge

For the first time this year I am going to participate in the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge at My Reader’s Block. The challenge is to read at least 8, and hopefully 16, pre-1960 classic crime novels in the following categories: … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: February 2013

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February was a slow month for reading, and even slower for reviewing. I only managed four books, and only one from my CWA list, further endangering my plan to finish it this year. As I’ve spent much of the month … Continue reading

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Unusual suspects: Classic crime in the blogosphere for January and February 2013

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OK, OK, I missed last month’s classic crime update. (What do you mean, you didn’t notice?) Anyway, I’m going to make up for it by covering two months with one post. This time, I decided to venture off the beaten … Continue reading

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From Slate: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Wants Nothing To Do With Your Proust Questionnaire

I have no idea what a Proust questionnaire is, but they seem to have caught ACD on a grumpy day. I’ve commented before about his nice handwriting. Here’s your chance to have a look… Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The author’s … Continue reading

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Leslie S. Kilnger, who edited one of my most prized books (actually three books), The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, has launched a blog site to chronicle his legal battle with the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Klinger wants a … Continue reading

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The case of the celibate detectives –

‘Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot were defiantly asexual. What did Sir Doyle and Agatha Christie have against sex?’ asks Christopher Wallace in  

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Jamaica Inn to be filmed in Northern Ireland

The Telegraph says the forthcoming BBC adaptation of Jamaica Inn will be filmed in Northern Ireland, rather than Bodmin Moor. A spokeswoman for the BBC said: BBC Northern Ireland Drama have been developing Jamaica Inn with Origin Pictures for over … Continue reading

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Daphne du Maurier: Jamaica Inn

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Jamaica Inn Daphne du Maurier First published in the UK 1936, Victor Gollancz Ltd This edition: Virago Modern Classics, 2003 ISBN: 9781844080397 302 pages Score 4/5 ‘Respectable folk don’t go to Jamaica any more. That’s all I know. In the old … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: January 2013

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This has probably been the most varied month of crime-fiction-devouring that I’ve had since beginning this blog. I began by finishing C. J. Sansom’s Heartstone – a massive read at over 700 pages. Sansom’s Shardlake series spans the second half of … Continue reading

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Murder in the Library

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Earlier in the week I took advantage of being in London for work and visited the British Library’s Murder in the Library, an A-Z of Crime Fiction. This is a lovely little exhibition of crime books and ephemera that takes … Continue reading

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