Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Mystery of the Missing Twins: #1958book

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Another great opening sentence to open this month’s Books of the Year, of the Month: The Mystery of the Missing Twins could never have been solved by an ordinary detective. Which 1958 mystery classic opens with this line? Answer at the … Continue reading

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Anthony Horowitz: The House of Silk

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The House of Silk Anthony Horowitz First published in the UK 2011, Orion This edition: Orion Books, 2012 ISBN: 9781409135982 406 pages Source: Wymondham Duck Race bookstall I recently read the steampunky Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box for Euro Crime, which reminded … Continue reading

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Wanted for Murder

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I got curious about my blog banner tonight. Here’s what I found out… Wanted for Murder was written by Percy Robinson and Terence de Marney and ran at the Lyceum Theatre in London between 25th August and 4th December 1937. I’m … Continue reading

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Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s Vertigo

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Vertigo Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac First published in France as D’entre les morts, 1954 First published in the UK as The Living and the Dead, 1958 This edition: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, 1997 ISBN: 9780747531876 170 pages Source: M. & A. C. Thompson … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh’s Prisoner’s Plea

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Prisoner’s Plea Hillary Waugh First published in the US, 1963, Doubleday Crime Club This edition: Pan Books, 1966 204 pages Source: The Children’s Society charity shop, Wymondham Dear Chief Fellows: My name is Ernest Sellers and I am in Death … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham’s Hide My Eyes

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Hide My Eyes Margery Allingham First published in the UK by Chatto and Windus, 1958 This edition: Penguin Books, 1961 224 pages Source: My own This month is 1958 month here at Past Offences. I’m hosting a collection of book … Continue reading

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The #1958book sign-up

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to #1952book, which I rounded up last night. For those who still want to play, we are skipping on just a few years to 1958, as suggested by Sorcha at Writing About Books. In 1958 … Continue reading

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Where’s Papa going with that ax? The #1952book challenge

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This month I’m opening with a quiz question: ‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ is the ominous first line of which book from 1952? Answer at the bottom. Thanks to everyone who took part in this month’s challenge. A bumper crop, … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing…

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Last Seen Wearing… Hillary Waugh First published in the US by Doubleday Crime Club, 1952 This edition: 1960, Pan Books 186 pages Source: Greenmetropolis Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an 18-year-old student at a fictional college in Bristol, Massachusetts, goes missing from her dorm. … Continue reading

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