Monthly Archives: December 2014

R. Austin Freeman: The Singing Bone

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The Singing Bone R. Austin Freeman First published in the UK 1912 Source: The Internet The peculiar construction of the first four stories in the present collection will probably strike both reader and critic and seem to call for some explanation, … Continue reading

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Christmas haul

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I tell you, it’s the devil’s own job trying to persuade your loved ones that what you want for Christmas is some smelly old books. However, I can report a success: four brand-spanking-new second-hand books were received from Mrs Offences … Continue reading

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2014 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – status update

In short, status: failed. The rules to the 2014 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge are explained over at My Reader’s Block. Basically I decided to complete the Silver bingo card which covers books first published in the period 1960 to 1989. As you’ll see … Continue reading

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Tom Sharpe: Riotous Assembly

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Riotous Assembly Tom Sharpe First published in the UK 1971 by Martin Secker and Warburg Ltd This edition Random House ISBN: 9781446474679 Source: Kindle I decided to combine this month’s crime-novel-of-the-year challenge (1971) with my own travels, choosing the South African-set Riotous Assembly to … Continue reading

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Arthur J. Rees: The Shrieking Pit

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The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees First published in the UK, 1919 This edition: Project Gutenberg The inn, seen in the grey evening of a grey day, had a stark and sinister aspect, an atmosphere of mystery and secretiveness, an air of … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: The China Governess

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The China Governess Margery Allingham First published in the UK, 1963, Chatto & Windus This edition: Penguin Books ISBN: 9780140166194 267 pages Source: The bookshelf ‘I don’t know why one does go out of one’s way to oblige Money. it’s a funny … Continue reading

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