Monthly Archives: September 2013

Crime fiction pick of the month, September 2013

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Georges Simenon: The Iron Staircase/The Train contains two novellas. The first is the story of Etienne Lomel, a self-obsessed and lonely man who may or may not be being slowly poisoned by his wife. I found it a little annoying, to … Continue reading

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John Fowles: The Collector

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The Collector John Fowles First published in the UK 1963, Jonathan Cape This edition Triad/Panther Books, 1985 ISBN: 0586044264 288 pages Source: G. David, Cambridge I don’t know if you play the lottery, but if you do, it might be best to have some … Continue reading

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Halfway there

So I’m finally over the halfway point – I’ve reviewed exactly 50% of the crime books selected by the Crime Writers Association as their 100 favourite titles. 50% isn’t 50 books in case you’re wondering. Len Deighton’s Game, Set and … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere, September 2013

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After a manic August for classic crime, September was calmer. However I am now following so many blogs that I’m reading a enormous quantity of qualifying entries. As usual, thanks to all the busy bloggers who keep me so entertained … Continue reading

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Maigret, monthly

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Penguin has announced it will be publishing one Georges Simenon novel per month for 75 months in £6.99 trade paperbacks (probably as quickly as he wrote them), beginning with Pietr the Latvian (Pietr-le-Letton, 1930) on 7th November. There is an interesting … Continue reading

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For sale: Ruth Rendell’s house

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I noticed in yesterday’s Evening Standard, today, that Ruth Rendell’s house, the Old Forge in Groton, Suffolk, is up for grabs. The asking price is £720,000, so it’s a relatively modest abode for a best-selling peer. You should see Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Christopher St John Sprigg: Fatality in Fleet Street

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Fatality in Fleet Street Christopher St John Sprigg First published in the UK 1933, Eldon This edition Oleander Press, 2013 ISBN: 9781909349759 290 pages Source: From the publisher Fatality in Fleet Street is the third in the London Bound series of mysteries … Continue reading

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Whodunit/whodunnit – and whosedit first?

A period of enforced boredom last month led me into a consideration of the correct spelling of whodunit/whodunnit. Not a big issue for most people, but you take what you can get. Google ngrams, which searches the vast scanned library … Continue reading

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Leonard Merrick: Mr Bazalgette’s Agent

Mr Bazalgette’s Agent Leonard Merrick First published in the UK 1888, George Routledge and Sons This edition The British Library, 2013 ISBN: 9780712357029 139 pages This is the latest in the British Library’s growing list of forgotten crime classics, and is … Continue reading

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Harry Kemelman: The Nine Mile Walk and Other Stories

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The Nine Mile Walk and Other Stories Harry Kemelman First published in 1968, Hutchinson This edition 1971, Penguin Books 144 pages Source: City Bookshop, Norwich I do not think it was a strong sense of justice that prompted Nicky Welt to come to … Continue reading

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