Monthly Archives: April 2013

London Bound from the Oleander Press

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Oleander Press in Cambridge has just released the second in their London Bound series: William Le Queux’ The Doctor of Pimlico. Writer of detective stories, Walter Featherston is himself a mystery to all his friends. To some he’s a seasoned … Continue reading

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William Stephens Hayward: Revelations of a Lady Detective

Revelations of a Lady Detective William Stephens Hayward First published in the UK 1864 This edition The British Library Publishing Division, 2013 ISBN: 9780712358965 278 pages I mentioned the British Library’s services to classic crime fiction a few weeks back, and they … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male

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Rogue Male Geoffrey Household First published in the UK 1939, Chatto and Windus This edition Orion Books, 2002 ISBN: 978075285139X 182 pages I saw my eyes fouled with earth, my hair and beard dripping with blood-red earth, my skin grey … Continue reading

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Classic crime news from the London Book Fair

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I was at the London Book Fair for three long days this week. On my way around I grabbed a few catalogues and kept my eyes open for titles of interest to classic crime fans. I’ve already mentioned the British Library’s new … Continue reading

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John Buchan: Greenmantle

Greenmantle John Buchan First published in the UK 1916, Hodder & Stoughton This edition: Wordsworth Editions, 1994 ISBN: 1853262048 240 pages There is a dry wind blowing through the East, and the parched grasses wait the spark. Greenmantle opens 18 months … Continue reading

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News: Olds from the British Library

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The British Library is fast becoming a force in classic crime fiction. Last year saw them resurrecting two milestone books. The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams was first identified as the earliest crime novel by Julian Symons (I … Continue reading

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Just the Facts: Julian Symons’ Bloody Murder

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Bloody Murder – From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History Julian Symons First published in the UK Faber and Faber Ltd, 1972 This edition 1975, Penguin ISBN: 0140037942 270 pages I continue my occasional series on non-fiction books … Continue reading

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First look at Adam Rayner as the Saint

More classic crime gets an update this year with a new TV version of Leslie Charteris’ The Saint. Adam Rayner plays thief/hero Simon Templar (the Saint) opposite Eliza Dushku’s Patricia Holm as his hacker-companion. Here’s the trailer, released into YouTube … Continue reading

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Book news: The Agatha Christie Miscellany

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There’s another new book on Agatha Christie out this month – looks like more of an introduction than a deeper analysis. According to the publisher’s blurb: This miscellany will explore the fascinating and enigmatic world created by the undisputed ‘Queen of … Continue reading

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The Female Gentleman

Not my April 1st post, just news of a new academic study of classic crime fiction. Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction is by Melissa Schaub, an academic at the University of North Carolina. She says: After I had read … Continue reading

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