#1980book sign-up page

1980chevroletEvery month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. This August the chosen year is 1980 – illustrated by this rather resplendent period piece, courtesy of Chevrolet. I’m loving the stormy background and moody lighting. Cue synths and sax solo.

If you want to take part, you can! When you’ve written your post, just let me know below. I’ll gather them all together at the end of the month.

An additional challenge – if anyone can identify the criminally-inclined character who uttered the following words in 1980, they can choose next month’s year.

‘Let’s go inside and load our lovely new guns and then it’ll be bang bang bang…’

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, although I am getting better at that bit.

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45 Responses to #1980book sign-up page

  1. realthog says:

    This June the chosen year is 1980

    Ahem. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. tracybham says:

    I have no idea what I will pick but… 1980 is the year I married my current husband and it will be an interesting choice for me. Looking forward to it.


  3. Santosh Iyer says:

    “Let’s go inside and load our lovely new guns and then it’ll be bang bang bang…”
    A Google search easily shows that the character is Mrs Twit in the book The Twits by Roald Dahl.

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  4. Jose Ignacio says:

    Have Reginald Hill’s A Killing Kindness on my TBR pile, first published in 1980.

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  5. mikeripley says:

    Anything by Reg Hill would be a good choice but don’t forget he often published two books a year.
    In 1980 his “stand alone” was an excellent piece of spy-fi, the under-rated The Spy’s Wife.

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  6. KerrieS says:

    My choice is THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco. My local library has a copy


  7. Keishon says:

    Staying in the 80’s are we……I don’t think I have anything. Will check. That line you quoted, my first wild guess would have to be The Deaf Man as I can totally see McBain writing that kind of dialogue for him but I don’t think it’s him.

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    • crimeworm says:

      I was a kid/teenager so I’m not so familiar with this decade…I won’t ask a gentleman his age, although I always feel you’re definitely not older than me, despite being vastly better read!


  8. I’ll plump for A Killing Kindness too unless I think of an alternative


  9. crimeworm says:

    I’m looking at The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza by Block, and McBain’s Ghosts. The first is £2.39 on Kindle, the second £1. I also see City Primeval by Elmore Leonard qualifies, but isn’t on Kindle. I’ve never read Leonard, which I know I should rectify…You can pick one up for £2.81 second-hand though, as you’ll know….Decisions, decisions! There’s also PD James’ Innocent Blood (a standalone) and Ruth Rendell’s The Lake Of Darkness (ditto.) I’ll have a think, and a mosey round the house, but just thought I’d mention them in case they appeal to others. Mike Ripley – your suggestion also appeals as I’m a sucker for a spy story…and Reg Hill is another gap in my reading (I think the TV series put me off his books, but I’ve since bought some!) I’ll be back with a decision, Rich if that’s okay?


  10. Bev Hankins says:

    I’ve got a few options on my TBR stack…The most likely suspect is The Suicide Murders by Howard Engel. But it’s also possible that I’ll grab The Eve of the Wedding by Lionel Black; Poacher’s Bag by Douglas Clark; or Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert Parker. [I’ve supposedly got Killing Katie Steelstock by Michael Gilbert, but it seems to be hiding at the moment….].


  11. I’ve got nothing in the TBR but shall attempt to locate something Australian again.


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  13. I was in luck that the book I was reading when the year was announced was published in 1980. It’s Ngaio Marsh’s Photo Finish. It surprised me that she was still publishing books as late as that. Definitely not Marsh at her best. My review for this book can be found at:


    • realthog says:

      Ha! I’ve just finished reading your (very good) review of this! Although I noticed your “1980s” comment in the review, it flew right past me that this was a 1980 book!

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      • Thanks! Yeah aside from the jumpsuit reference, this book does have a rather timeless quality and could easily have taken place in the 1950s for example. It’s really hard to imagine Troy and Alleyn in the 1980s.


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  15. tracybham says:

    I had many to choose from but I picked Motor City Blues by Loren D. Estleman. My review is up now at Bitter Tea and Mystery.

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  19. Another one from me – A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill – is up on my blog now. With luck, there might be a third one later in the month…


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  21. Col says:

    Jonathan Valin’s first Harry Stoner book – The Lime Pit for me. http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/jonathan-valin-lime-pit-1980.html


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  23. Nothing like leaving things to the last minute…Peter Corris’ THE DYING TRADE http://fairdinkumcrime.com/2012/01/28/review-comeback-by-peter-corris/


  24. John says:

    I managed to sneak this in! Did I make the deadline? I read it a week ago, but only just got the time to type up my thoughts today. My first Anne Perry novel, but not my last. Exceptionally good even with its few faults.

    Callendar Square by Anne Perry


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