Monthly Archives: December 2013

Classic crime in the blogosphere: December 2013

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The month started on a noirish note, with the sale at auction of the Maltese Falcon for £2.5 million. So here are a few noir film reviews to get us going… First up, Sergio at Tipping My Fedora reviewed The … Continue reading

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The last monthly wrap-up of 2013

Oh dear, not a very full reading month. Still, two strong crime contenders for book of the month. Mary Stewart’s My Brother Michael is a Greek-set thriller in which a romantic classics teacher gets involved in her new boyfriend’s treasure hunt … Continue reading

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Sign of Four

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The Sign of Four Arthur Conan Doyle with an introduction by Graham Greene First published in the UK 1890, Blackett This version Pan Books, 1975 ISBN: 0330244264 140 pages Source: Had it for ages Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the … Continue reading

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Freed Sherlock

A US court in Illinois has found in favour of Leslie S. Klinger in what promises to be a landmark case in terms of copyright. Klinger, who edited The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, argued that writers and other artists should … Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express

The film studio Fox has bought the film rights to Murder on the Orient Express  after a ‘highly competitive bidding process‘. RLJ Entertainment, which has controlled the Christie estate since 2012, said: ‘We have worked closely with Mathew Prichard, Agatha’s grandson, … Continue reading

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Mary Stewart: My Brother Michael

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My Brother Michael Mary Stewart First published in the UK 1959, Hodder & Stoughton This edition Hodder, 2011 ISBN: 9781444711233 356 pages Source: Norwich Millennium Library Camilla Haven is a 25-year-old Latin teacher on a one-woman pilgrimage to the sites of … Continue reading

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Arthur Conan Doyle: His Last Bow

His Last Bow Arthur Conan Doyle First published in the UK September 1917, The Strand Magazine This version included in Leslie S. Klinger’s The Complete Annotated Sherlock Holmes, 2004 ISBN: 9780393059168 15 pages The Irish-American had entered the study and stretched his … Continue reading

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Empty House

The Adventure of the Empty House Arthur Conan Doyle First published in the UK 1903, The Strand Magazine This version included in Leslie S. Klinger’s The Complete Annotated Sherlock Holmes, 2004 ISBN: 9780393059168 34 pages I moved my head to look at … Continue reading

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A new look for Father Brown from Penguin

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Just spotted in the Creative Review: Penguin is reissuing five volumes of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories with striking new covers by their in-house designer Matthew Young. He says: On each cover Father Brown is deliberately isolated to give … Continue reading

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D.O.A.

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D.O.A. Director: Rudolph Maté Screenplay: Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene Starring: Edmond O’Brien as Frank Bigelow, Pamela Britton as Paula Gibson, Luther Adler as Majak Production company: Cardinal Pictures Date of release: 1950 ‘I want to report a murder.’ ‘Who … Continue reading

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