Monthly Archives: August 2013

Crime fiction pick of the month, August 2013

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Careful scrutiny of my patent CWA-o-meterTM will reveal that in August 2013 I finally reached the halfway point in my goal to read the CWA’s top 100 crime novels. I chose a solid classic to get me over the wire … Continue reading

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News on the BBC’s Jamaica Inn

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There was some controversy earlier in the year when it was announced that the BBC was planning to shoot its remake of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn in Northern Ireland rather than the more obvious (but presumably more expensive) Cornwall. Now … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr Ripley

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The Talented Mr Ripley Patricia Highsmith First published in the US, 1955, Coward-McCann Inc First published in the 1956, UK, The Cresset Press This edition: 1999, Vintage ISBN: 9780099282877 249 pp Source: M. and A. C. Thompson Books, Wymondham The story opens … Continue reading

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Torquay: beauty and the bust

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The Past Offences spent the bank holiday weekend in Torquay. We were heading south-west for a family wedding so decided to add a few days at the beach so the Minor Offences could get their toes wet. Christie was born … Continue reading

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Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law

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Tragedy at Law Cyril Hare First published in the UK, 1943 This edition 1953, Penguin Books 252 pp Source: My own bookshelf ‘All manner of persons having anything to do before My Lords the King’s Justices of Oyer and Terminer and General … Continue reading

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BBC: The Lady Vanishes

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BBC: The Lady Vanishes Starring: Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Keeley Hawes. Julian Rhind-Tutt, Selina Cadell Adapted by: Fiona Seres Director: Diarmuid Lawrence 2013 This has been sitting on the digital box at Offences Towers since it was televised back in … Continue reading

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Paula Gosling: A Running Duck aka Fair Game

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A Running Duck (Fair Game in the US) Paula Gosling First published in the UK 1978, Macmillan London Ltd This edition 1979, Pan Books Ltd ISBN: 0330258044 202 pages Source: Greenmetropolis ‘I can’t mollycoddle and aim a gun at the same time.’ I … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere, July 2013

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I thought this was absolutely fascinating – How to Use Agatha Christie, David Suchet, Conan Doyle and Robert Downey Jr. To Rip Off Readers. The author Bill Peschel has done some sterling detective work unmasking some pretty blatant piracy, including find-and-replacing … Continue reading

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Life is a Manderley, old chum

(OK, I’m only reporting this because I thought of the headline, but that’s how the tabloids do it, right?) Apparently producers have raised $8 million of the $16 million needed to bring a musical version of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca … Continue reading

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Crime fiction pick of the month: July 2013

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I read three more of the CWA’s top 100 this month, bringing my total to 48 (you’ll see from my pie chart that this is only 47.1% – Len Deighton’s Game, Set and Match are three books, not one). Next … Continue reading

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