Monthly Archives: April 2015

#1949book sign-up page

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Every month on Past Offences we try to review crime fiction from a chosen year. You see the results so far collected at my new Crimes of the Century page. John from Noirish has chosen 1949 as the reading year for May, so here … Continue reading

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From ‘The shadowed streets of ancient Peking’ to the Mexican border #1936book

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Thanks to everyone who submitted a review for the April 2015 challenge to review a book or film from 1936. Lucy at The Art of Words chose 1936 and reviewed Thankyou Mr Moto by John P. Marquand, which introduces this month’s front-cover … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground

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Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith First published in the US by Random House, 1970 This edition, Penguin Books 1985 ISBN: 0140036024 264 pages Source: City Books, Norwich Murchison was not artistic. Or he wouldn’t be talking like this. Murchison didn’t … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: Fear Stalks the Village

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Fear Stalks the Village Ethel Lina White First published in the UK 1932 by Ward, Lock 190 pages in print This edition Business and Leadership Publishing The village was beautiful. It was enfolded in a hollow of the Downs, and wrapped up snugly—first, … Continue reading

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle First published in the UK 1901-02 in the Strand magazine 176 pages in print This edition Project Gutenberg I’m getting to the point, two thirds of the way through my personal challenge to … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: The Wheel Spins

The Wheel Spins Ethel Lina White First published in the UK 1936 by Collins Crime Club 190 pages in print This edition Business and Leadership Publishing, oddly With the triumph of near-pioneers, the crowd had swooped down on a beautiful village of … Continue reading

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George Sanders: Stranger at Home

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Stranger at Home George Sanders First published in the US 1946 by Simon & Schuster This edition Dean Street Press, 2015 ISBN: 9781910570074 Source: A review copy from the publisher Last month I reviewed the first novel published under the name of George Sanders, … Continue reading

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Crime publishing at the British Library – an interview with Rob Davies

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I’ve been reviewing the British Library’s crime publishing since Revelations of a Lady Detective in 2013, but for some reason it has only just occurred to me to include them in my occasional series of publisher profiles. Rob Davies at the BL … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler: Farewell, My Lovely

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Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler First published in the US,  Alfred A. Knopf, 1945 This edition, Penguin, 2010 ISBN: 9780241954355 320 pages Farewell opens in style. Wisecracking PI Philip Marlowe is dragged into a situation that gets out of control very … Continue reading

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Book of the month: March 2015

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I haven’t done one of these monthly round-ups for a while, but March was an absolutely storming month in terms of reading. Mainly due to being trapped in a hotel for 5 days straight (don’t ask). In chronological order, then… … Continue reading

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