Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Look, this is a bit embarrassing. I don’t think I’ll be finishing the crime-fiction-of-the-year (1967) round-up on time this month. First one I’ve missed in almost a year. However, don’t let that stand in the way of April. Lucy @richmondie has chosen … Continue reading

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Robert van Gulik: Necklace and Calabash

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Necklace and Calabash Robert van Gulik First published in 1967 by Heinemann This edition University of Chicago Press, 1992 ISBN: 9780226848709 152 pages Judge Dee was a real historical figure who lived in China from 630 to 700AD, under the T’ang dynasty. He … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham and Philip Youngman Carter: Cargo of Eagles

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Cargo of Eagles Margery Allingham First published in the UK 1968 by Chatto & Windus This edition Vintage, 2008 ISBN: 9780099513285 223 pages Source: A Christmas present from Sarah, thanks Sarah! Cargo of Eagles was, sadly, Margery Allingham’s final book. After her death, her husband … Continue reading

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Agatha, Houdini and Doyle

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Two fairly odd projects featuring classic crime writers Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle are in the pipeline. Paramount screenwriter Annie Neal is currently working on a script for Agatha. Apparently the film will be an action adventure focusing on … Continue reading

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George Sanders: Crime on my Hands

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Crime on my Hands George Sanders First published in the US 1948 by Simon and Schuster This edition Dean Street Press, 2015 ISBN:  978 1 910570 06 7 Source: Publisher review copy I was contacted recently by Dean Street Press, a new imprint. We … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe Originally published 1841-44 This edition, 2002, Orion Crime Masterworks ISBN: 9780752847702 176 pages This was the first of my Christmas presents from Mrs Offences, (when asked what I wanted, my daughter apparently said ‘smelly old … Continue reading

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Ed. Michael Ashley: The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

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The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes Ed. Michael Ashley Published in 2000 by Robinson ISBN: 9781841191294 512 pages I have been reading this mammoth Mammoth book in between my other reading for a few weeks. The collection … Continue reading

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Ed. Martin Edwards: Capital Crimes

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Capital Crimes Ed. Martin Edwards First published in the UK 2014 by the British Library 320 pages ISBN 9780712357494 Source: Publisher review copy ‘London is an inexhaustible place.’ he mused. ‘Its variety is infinite.’ Short-story collections must be tough to put together. … Continue reading

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E. C. Bentley: Trent’s Last Case

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Trent’s Last Case E. C. Bentley First published in the UK 1913 by Nelson This edition possibly 1928* 325 pages Source: My own collection G. K. Chesterton called Trent’s Last Case ‘the finest detective story of modem times’. Short story maestro … Continue reading

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Gaston Leroux: Mystery of the Yellow Room

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Mystery of the Yellow Room Gaston Leroux First published in France, 1907 This edition: Project Gutenberg You are going to know all; and, without further preamble, I am going to place before your eyes the problem of The Yellow Room as … Continue reading

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