#1915book sign-up page

Keystone Kops

‘King of Comedy’ Mack Sennett’s silent movie clowns the Keystone Kops, pictured in 1915.

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 reading month for January. I’m rewinding one entire century to 1915. I’m anticipating the cover gallery will be slightly less racy than usual.

Anyone can play, so over to you…

Small print

  • Don’t be shy!
  • Just comment below to link to your blog post.
  • If you want to play but you haven’t got a blog, I’m happy to have you as a guest poster, or to link to Goodreads or Amazon.
  • Books, comics, films, plays and TV also welcome.
  • Sorry in advance if I miss you in the round-up.


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Past Offences exists to review classic crime and mystery books, with ‘classic’ meaning books originally published before 1987.
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32 Responses to #1915book sign-up page

  1. Bev Hankins says:

    Ooooh! Will have to dig into my TBR list and see if I have anything that will work….


  2. Hard to go past The Thirty Nine Steps for this one…so I’m in


  3. John says:

    Very cool idea, Rich! This one ought to be *very* interesting.


  4. Jose Ignacio says:

    Am in. Afraid I won’t be very original since I do have The Thirty Nine Steps on my Kindle, but I’m sure project Gutenberg have some free ebooks from 1915.


  5. Definitely count me in: no idea what the book will be, some research coming up.


  6. realthog says:

    Again work pressure is such that I doubt I’ll be able to contribute, but here’s hoping for February! Good luck to all concerned. I’m looking forward to reading lots of John Buchan pieces . . .


  7. tracybham says:

    I think a lot of people will be doing The Thirty Nine Steps but… as I am sticking to my TBR piles already in house and that is the only 1915 book I have AND I have been planning to read it anyway this year… that will be the one I read and review also. And I am eager to get started reading it and see what every one else has to say about it.


  8. lesblatt says:

    I will enter too, Rich – but not with The Thirty Nine Steps. Instead, I plan to review a book called At 1:30, by Isabel Ostrander. I’ve read about half of it so far, and it has some interesting features (including a blind sleuth). Should be fun.

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  9. Jose Ignacio says:

    Finally I’m planning to read Edgar Wallace’s The Man who Bought London .

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  11. KerrieS says:

    I’m looking at G.K. Chesterton’s CRIMES OF ENGLAND but it appears to be remarkably short, so I may change my mind yet


  12. Peggy Ann says:

    I’m in again! Reading a mystery, Number Seventeen by Louis Tracy.

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  14. realthog says:

    Okay, so, despite my earlier comment, here’s my take on K. (1915) by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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  15. John says:

    I’m reviewing two books published in this year. The first post is up now: The Official Chaperon By Natalie Sumner Lincoln. Second post will be up in a couple of days.


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  18. John says:

    Second book has been reviewed:
    The Comlyn Alibiby Headon Hill. Much better than Lincoln’s. A real crime novel, more of a thriller, in which I learned all about tin mining, uranium ore and the I Zingari cricket team colors.


  19. lesblatt says:

    My entry for 1915 is Isabel Ostrander’s “At 1:30,” with the remarkable blind detective, Damon Gaunt. http://www.classicmysteries.net/2015/01/at-130.html


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