Monthly Archives: October 2015

#1922book sign-up page

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Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. After some relatively recent dates, Bev has chosen 1922 for November. If you want to take part, you can! When you’ve … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en Party: #1969book results

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MWAH HA HA HA HAAAA! Vell-come to October’s Crimes of the Century, vhich this month saw the gang reviewing books from 1969. So put down your pumpkins and read all about the crime fiction that rounded out the 60s. Santosh read … Continue reading

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R. Austin Freeman: The Art of the Detective Story (2)

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We left R. Austin Freeman’s 1924 essay earlier in the week, with his opinion on why a lot of detective fiction is no good. He proceeds (not without a certain amount of self-congratulation, I feel) to outline why it should be … Continue reading

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Philip Youngman Carter: Tales on the Off-Beat

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‘Pip’ Youngman Carter was the husband of Past Offences favourite Margery Allingham. He was a creative talent in his own right: book designer, journalist, and author (for more on PYC, see Barry Pike’s excellent essay at the Margery Allingham Society website). … Continue reading

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R. Austin Freeman: The Art of the Detective Story

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Judging by the letters which I have received from time to time, the enthusiast par excellence is the clergyman of a studious and scholarly habit.

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Peter Dickinson: A Pride of Heroes (aka The Old English Peep Show)

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Last week I reviewed The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest, Peter Dickinson’s CWA 1968 gold dagger winning debut, and a lovely book. With 1969’s A Pride of Heroes, Dickinson won the dagger again, and even better for his career, made himself eligible for … Continue reading

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Bonfiglioli, Kyril: Don’t Point That Thing at Me

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Charlie Mortdecai is an aristocratic art dealer with one foot (more likely both feet) firmly in the shadier side of the business. He lives in his London penthouse with his thug Jock, who handles all the rough stuff. I often … Continue reading

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Louis Joseph Vance: The Bandbox

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I thought I’d have a go at the 1924 celebration at Stuck in a Book and Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, so I did a hasty breakfast-time search on Project Gutenberg and downloaded The Bandbox for my week’s commuting. By the time I noticed … Continue reading

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Peter Dickinson: The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest

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I’ve wanted to read this book for years, but was finally spurred to buy it by my need to read the next in the series for the 1969 challenge (A Pride of Heroes coming up soon). The set-up is certainly … Continue reading

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Ipso Books

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              The literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) has launched a new publishing imprint, Ipso Books, which is starting out with some classic crime novels in digital format. The debut list, launched in … Continue reading

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