Monthly Archives: March 2013

Classic crime in the blogosphere March 2013 – Women’s Mystery Month

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So, I keep seeing passing references to it being Women’s Mystery Month. I don’t know who has decreed this, or who organised it, or whether we should all get some time off from work, but I have decided to mark … Continue reading

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Christianna Brand: Green for Danger

Green for Danger Christianna Brand First published in the UK 1945, The Bodley Head This edition, Hamlyn Paperbacks 1982 ISBN: 0600203808 160 pages Something was going wrong. Higgins’s face was turning from blue to dark plum colour, showing on the cheek … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie 404

I just wanted to share this brilliant error message from the website of Agatha Christie Ltd (the people who manage the literary and media rights to Agatha Christie’s works around the world).

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The Conan Doyle Collection needs volunteers

I’ve come across this news item from BBC South, advertising for volunteers at Portsmouth’s Conan Doyle Collection. Portsmouth City Council has recently been awarded £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver Sharing Sherlock, The Story of a Pompey Lad. They … Continue reading

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Green for Danger

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Green for Danger Pinewood Studios, England, 1946 Directed by Sidney Gilliat Screenplay by Sidney Gilliat and Claude Guerney Stars Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Rosamund John Green for Danger is a difficult film to categorise. Crime, obviously. But also it has healthy doses of horror … Continue reading

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Graham Greene: Brighton Rock

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Brighton Rock Graham Greene First published in the UK 1938 This edition 2011, Vintage Classics ISBN: 9780099541684 304 pages Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him. Hale is a journalist with a … Continue reading

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Director chosen for ‘Rebecca’ last night posted the news that a Director has been chosen for the planned remake of Rebecca by Dreamworks. He is Nikolaj Arcel (nor me), who directed a film called A Royal Affair and co-wrote the screenplay for the … Continue reading

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Judging a book by its cover

Inspired by the recent-ish blog post about a six-year-old trying to guess what her father’s books were about based on the covers, I conducted my own experiment today with the elder of the two Minor Offences (aged 4). Obviously I gave … Continue reading

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Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands

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The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers First published in the UK by Smith, Elder and Co., 1903 This edition Pocket Penguin Classics (Boy’s Own Books), 2007 ISBN: 9780141031279 352 pages I’d made a couple of failed attempts at reading Riddle previously, … Continue reading

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John Buchan: The Runagates Club

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The Runagates Club John Buchan First published in the UK 1928, Hodder and Stoughton It was the sad occasion of my 40th birthday last week, and to celebrate my impending senility Mrs Offences took me off on a surprise visit … Continue reading

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