#1949book sign-up page

The classic mystery board  game Cluedo was launched in the UK by Waddington's in 1949 (and in the US, as Clue, later in the year).

The classic mystery board game Cluedo was launched in the UK by Waddington’s in 1949 (and in the US, as Clue, later in the year).

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 is a sign-up page for all you bloggers. All you have to do is read a book, watch a film, read a comic, listen to a radio programme, from 1949, and tell us all about it.

(Or play a board game – see right)

Anyone can take part and newbies are very welcome, 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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56 Responses to #1949book sign-up page

  1. Well, I think i have to – sign me up with a review of Raymond Chandler’s THE LITTLE SISTER!


  2. Col says:

    Just checked the 1450 logged books in the collection, nothing from ’49. Shakes fist impotently at the screen! Where’s Ross MacDonald or Fredric Brown when you need them?


  3. Bev Hankins says:

    I am definitely in with Dead Lion by John and Emery Bonett. I have others on the long TBR pile that will work (if I can fit them into the reading schedule).


  4. crimeworm says:

    I am still (embarrassingly) behind – March’s book is almost done with reviewing; I’m reading April’s at present – I’m so disorganised at the mo! OK still to post my links when they’re done? Next job – rake through the piles and see if anything fits for ’49. Please accept sincere apologies for my tardiness!

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  5. KerrieS says:

    Mine will be THE JOURNEYING BOY by Michael Innes


  6. John says:

    I found two books from 1949 I’ve been wanting to read for a while lurking on my shelves: The Golden Salamander by Victor Canning and Death of an Editor by Nigel Morland.


  7. patrickmurtha says:

    I’m definitely going to do one entry on an untranslated, historically significant European crime novel, as I did last month; I’ll be back here with the link to that post in a few days. I should like to have done two lesser-known novels shouted out by Barzun / Taylor, Norman Longmate’s “Strip Death Naked” and Philip Clark’s “The Dark River,” but I would never be able to get my hands on copies in time, since I’m located in Queretaro, Mexico. Two better-known books are available to me through my ebook subscription services: Nelson Algren’s “The Man with the Golden Arm” (through Oyster) and Fredric Brown’s “The Screaming Mimi” (through Scribd). Although I typically prefer to go more obscure, I might do one or both of those, because they are books that I am eager to read anyway. I’ll also dig around among film noirs of 1949, and maybe offer up a film as well. Wait, let me, see, isn’t Akira Kurosawa’s “Stray Dog” 1949? – Check, yes, it is, and I have an existing piece on that, so I’ll get that up shortly.


  8. patrickmurtha says:

    The “Stray Dog” review, which I first wrote in 2009 and have now slightly revised, is up:



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  10. Jose Ignacio says:

    I have had the opportunity of seeing today The Third Man by Carol Reed.

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  11. Jose Ignacio says:

    I look forward to reading of The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett.


  12. neer says:

    Please count me in too.


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  14. I’ll chime in with Dame Agatha’s CROOKED HOUSE which I don’t remember ever reading (I probably did as a teenager but that’s so long ago it’ll be like a brand new read for me)


  15. As ever: will definitely do something but no idea what, yet.


  16. realthog says:

    As a declaration of current intention, I’m going for Helen MacInnes’s <Rest and Be Thankful and Jim Thompson’s Nothing More than Murder. I hadn’t realized The Screaming Mimi was a contender until Patrick mentioned it; hm . . .

    As a first movie offering, I’ll go for Silent Dust (1949).


  17. Bev Hankins says:

    I just read Call for Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday last month. I’d like to offer it for consideration too.


  18. realthog says:

    Herewith my essay on the very splendid Silent Dust (1949) — a movie I enjoyed so much I ended up watching it two nights running!


  19. Bev Hankins says:

    I see that you’ve reviewed this one as well…but having decided on it at the end of April, I offer you another review of Dead Lion by John & Emery Bonett. I’ve got a couple of other 1949 books on the shelf. I’m going to try and get another finished before the end of the month.


  20. richmonde says:

    My review of Ngaio Marsh’s Swing, Brother, Swing is here: http://wordcount-richmonde.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/ngaio-marshs-swing-brother-swing.html

    Looking forward to reading about Asphalt Jungle and Little Sister.


  21. Col says:

    It’s taken a year, but I finally found a 5 star book – Fredric Brown’s The Screaming Mimi!

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    • pastoffences says:

      There you go – practice makes perfect!


    • I won’t finish “The Screaming Mimi” in time to post a review this month, nor “The Man with the Golden Arm” either. I’m essentially working two full-time jobs this month, plus I have a new puppy (to go with my three cats and my ferret – it’s a swingin’ household!).

      But halfway through “The Screaming Mimi,” I can tell it is something special. Did you know that the original ending was much bleaker? It can be found in a Brown collection called “Nightmare in Darkness.”

      As far as I can make out, the 1958 film version is not available online, although it can be purchased at Amazon as a DVD-R. The trailer at YouTube is a hoot: “Over five million read the novel about the striptease murders. Now see it come STABBINGLY alive on the screen!”

      Dario Argento’s loose 1970 adaptation, “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage,” is readily available on DVD and Blu-ray.


  22. Bev Hankins says:

    Another 1949 book: The Three Fears by Jonathan Stagge

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  23. John says:

    Mine is up and I’ve decided to choose the best of the three 1949 books I read.

    Death Knocks Three Times by Anthony Gilbert

    I’ll be reviewing the others as well, but none of them compare with this highly recommended mystery novel. It’s one of the most original and unusual detective novels I’ve read in a very long time. I may even add it to my list of “All Time Best Detective Novels” I was so impressed.


  24. John says:

    Aha! It’s there now.


  25. tracybham says:

    My post for my 1949 book is now up at Bitter Tea & Mystery:
    for … Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout


  26. tracybham says:

    Sorry, whenever I include a link, it won’t take the comment. I tried again this time.


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  29. Review coming v soon for Miss Silver Comes To Stay by Patricia Wentworth – there’s a little inconsistency between 1949 and 1951 as the year but you can guess which one I’m going to assume…


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  31. Bev Hankins says:

    Hey, Rich, has anyone put in a plug for June’s year? If not, could we do 1934?


  32. Well, better late than never: I posted my review of Fredric Brown’s “The Screaming Mimi” at my blog today.


    At this rate, I’ll have something up for 1934 in August!

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