Monthly Archives: June 2013

Crime fiction pick of the month: June 2013

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I skipped the Pick of the Month in May (for what it’s worth, I’d have gone with Cop Hater), but here I am, back with a bang for June. It’s quite a tough, apples-and-oranges-style choice this month, as none of … Continue reading

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William Le Queux: The Doctor of Pimlico

The Doctor of Pimlico, Being the Disclosure of a Great Crime William Le Queux First published in the UK by Cassell, 1919 This edition, 2013, by Oleander Press ISBN:9781909349735 220 pages ‘If this man, Fetherston, has discovered the truth, as … Continue reading

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Ian Fleming: From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love Ian Fleming First published in the UK by Jonathan Cape Ltd 1957 This edition Penguin Classics 2004 ISBN: Not given 259 pages He was at the top of his tree. the chief executioner of SMERSH, and therefore of the … Continue reading

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Cyril Hare: Best Detective Stories

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Best Detective Stories of Cyril Hare Cyril Hare, with an introduction by Michael Gilbert First published in the UK by Faber and Faber Limited, 1959 This edition, Faber and Faber, 1986 ISBN: 0571145191 272 pages He was profoundly thankful to … Continue reading

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Masters of the “Humdrum” – an interview with Curtis Evans

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Visitors familiar with my monthly classic crime round-ups will know that I frequently mention Curtis Evans at The Passing Tramp. Curt has a great blog, but his thoughts on Golden Age mystery fiction are also available in print: his Masters of … Continue reading

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Curtis Evans: Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery

Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-1961 Curtis Evans 9780786470242 McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers The so-called Humdrum writers are a deserving group in their own … Continue reading

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Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye

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A Dark-Adapted Eye Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine First published in the UK 1986, Viking This edition Penguin, 1987 ISBN: 9780140086362 300 pages In these circumstances alone one knows when someone is going to die. Vera would die at eight o’clock … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere: May 2013

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Another busy month for classic crime on the web – this time I’ve opted for a mix of ‘repeat offenders’ and ‘unusual suspects’. First up, Mark Frauenfelder at boingboing looked at Donald E. Westlake’s The Hunter (1962) and concluded: Parker fits … Continue reading

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