Monthly Archives: November 2013

November’s crime fiction pick of the month

Only four books this month, a mix of ancient and modern… Bleed Like Me (which I’m reviewing for Eurocrime) is another slice of Scott & Bailey novelisation from Cath Staincliffe. As with the first title Dead to Me, it accurately … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere: November 2013

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Plenty to choose from this month – see the stonking great list of links below – but I’ve chosen to highlight just a few: a mix of good and bad reviews, a bookish find, and a dash of toxicology at … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere: #SherlockLives special

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I’ve decided to split my November blog review into two: this first part has a Holmesian theme in honour of the forthcoming third series of the BBC’s Sherlock (airing New Year’s Day, unless you can get to an earlier screening … Continue reading

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The Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – Completed

I’m happy to say I’ve completed the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block. As of reviewing Crooked House tonight, I’ve posted on 16 pre-1960 crime novels in the following categories: Colourful Crime: a book with a colour or reference to … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: Crooked House

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Crooked House Agatha Christie First published in the UK 1949, Collins Crime Club This edition Fontana, 1974 ISBN: 0006137989 160 pages Source: City Bookshop My post about the Crime Writers Association’s most recent poll garnered recommendations from Sarah and Sergio for … Continue reading

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John Dickson Carr: It Walks by Night

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It Walks by Night John Dickson Carr First published in the UK 1930 This edition Penguin Books, 1966 192 pages Source: City Bookshop, Norwich ‘You have overlooked a very solid substance which by every law of sanity should be right here … Continue reading

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My thoughts on the CWA’s best crime novel, author and series

Last night the The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) celebrated their 60th anniversary at Foyles bookshop in London. They used the event to announce the results of their poll to discover the best ever crime novel, writer and series. EVER. (Where … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere, October 2013

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October was another bumper month for classic crime reviews. I’ve listed everything I noted down, and here are some first-time offenders I thought worth highlighting: quiteirregular hosted an entertaining guest blog by lawyer, sailor and writer A. J. Hall, who looked … Continue reading

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Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal

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The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth First published in the UK by Hutchinson, 1971 This edition Corgi, 1971 ISBN: 0552091219 382 pages Source: Blogger’s own This is a book I really rated when I was a teenager, and I … Continue reading

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