Monthly Archives: January 2015

Arthur J. Rees: The Hand in the Dark

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The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees First published in the UK, 1920, by John Lane, The Bodley Head This edition: Project Gutenburg A third Arthur J. Rees read for me – see The Shrieking Pit and The Moon Rock – I’d … Continue reading

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Richard Harding Davis: In The Fog

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In The Fog Richard Harding Davis First published in the US, 1901, by R. H. Russell Illustrated by Thomas Mitchell Pierce and F. D. Steele Source: Project Gutenburg It is 1897. Four chaps are sitting around the dinner table at The … Continue reading

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Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh

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Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh Russell Thorndike First published in the UK, 1915 by Nelson This edition, Kindle * * * * * Warning: This review contains an inherent spoiler.  * * * * * I’ve been meaning to … Continue reading

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Joel Townsley Rogers: The Red Right Hand

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The Red Right Hand Joel Townsley Rogers (with a new introduction by Martin Edwards) First published in the US, 1945 by Simon and Schuster This edition, 2014, 280 Steps eISBN: 9788293326199 Source: Publisher’s review copy We are dropped right into the … Continue reading

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Caroline Graham: The Killings at Badger’s Drift

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The Killings at Badger’s Drift Caroline Graham First published in the UK 1987 by Century Hutchinson This edition 1997, Headline ISBN: 0747232334 264 pages Source: Blickling Hall Bookshop This review represents a return to my plan to reading the CWA’s top 100 crime novels, a … Continue reading

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Love, Loot and Crash (1915)

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Love, Loot and Crash The Keystone Film Company Directed by Frank C. Griffin Produced by Mack Sennett Source: YouTube Looking for a picture to illustrate my #1915book sign-up page I came across a photo of the Keystone Cops in 1915. Like … Continue reading

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Kiss Me, Brickly

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A while ago I posted about LEGO Sherlock Holmes, and now the Danish brick designers have gone a bit Black Mask with their new hard-boiled Detective Office. The set is incredibly detailed, with a mind-boggling 2,262 pieces including a flush toilet and … Continue reading

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Father Brown series 3 starts on Monday

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The third series of the BBC’s Father Brown begins next week in the UK. All ten episodes are on BBC One in the traditional early-afternoon slot: 2:15. The core cast, led by Mark Williams as Father Brown, remains unchanged. Only two of the episodes … Continue reading

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#1915book sign-up page

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Welcome to 2015 everyone. For newcomers, Past Offences runs a monthly challenge – every month we pick a year and try to review the crime fiction and films from that year. I thought I’d seize the initiative and pick the … Continue reading

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‘You’re a big man, but you’re in bad shape.’ #1971book

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If my Mr U. N. Owen-style pre-recorded message goes to plan, this message should be going out at exactly 00.01 UK time. Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 is good to you. I’m kicking off this year with a … Continue reading

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