Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mike Ripley: Mr Campion’s Farewell

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Mr Campion’s Farewell Mike Ripley First published in the UK 2013, Severn House ISBN: 9781847515087 278 pages Source: Review copy from the publisher There’s quite a fashion for reviving old sleuths. Last year Jill Paton Walsh returned to the adventures of Lord Peter … Continue reading

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Women’s Mystery Month? Classic crime in the blogosphere: March 2014

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So last March it was apparently Women’s Mystery Month, so I assume it is this year as well? Either way, I’ve picked out some femmes fatales from the month’s blogging, starting with some rarities. The Australian Crime Writers’ Association celebrated a … Continue reading

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‘Hattie is as dumb as a fish’, or, Appatha Christie

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Undaunted by my inability to actually view or play apps, because I stupidly bought what is basically a Betamax tablet, I’m going to continue to bring you news from the digital cutting edge of crime fiction (last time it was the … Continue reading

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P. D. James: A Taste for Death

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A Taste for Death P. D. James First published in the UK 1986, Faber and Faber This edition Penguin Books in association with Faber, 2005 ISBN: 9780571229604 514 pages Source: British Red Cross, Wymondham The story opens alongside a canal towpath in … Continue reading

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Love and bullets – Classic crime in the blogosphere: February 2014

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February -a short month, and relatively short on classic crime book reviews – finds itself distinguished by St Valentine’s Day about halfway through. So (it’s like shooting fish in a barrel) I’ve gone with the theme of love and marriage … Continue reading

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Crime fiction pick of the month: February 2014

Six books this month… Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (1934) My first reading of what is possibly Christie’s most famous novel. A stranded train-load of unlikely suspects, an odious victim, and Hercule Poirot working alone to crack the … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express

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Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie First published in the UK 1934 This edition Fontana, 1974 ISBN: 0006137121 192 pages Source: Mrs Offences By the step leading up into the sleeping-car stood a young French lieutenant, resplendent in uniform, conversing … Continue reading

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Dick Francis: The Danger

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The Danger Dick Francis First published in the UK 1983, Michael Joseph Ltd This edition Pan Books, 2007 ISBN: 9780330450423 406 pages Source: British Red Cross, Wymondham Kidnapping, you see, is my business. Andrew Douglas works for Liberty Market, an agency … Continue reading

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