#1941book sign-up page

1941policecircusEvery month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Back at the end of October, MarinaSofia chose 1941 for December.

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.

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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69 Responses to #1941book sign-up page

  1. I was delighted to see an “easy” year come up – and then, on checking , found that I’ve reviewed all of the potential candidates from the obvious authors already… Time to start casting the net a little wider…


    • Have you read Phoebe Atwood Taylor books from this year, The Perennial Border and The Hollow Chest, written as Alice Tilton? I was going to read the former but my order for it fell through.


    • If anyone wants some ideas, here are some:
      Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie
      N or M? by Agatha Christie
      The Case Of The Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr
      Death Turns The Tables by John Dickson Carr
      Seeing Is Believing by Carter Dickson
      Surfeit Of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh
      Traitor’s Purse by Margery Allingham
      When Last I Died by Gladys Mitchell
      The Case Of The Abominable Snowman by Nicholas Blake
      All of which I’ve already reviewed on my blog – the best two are probably The Case Of The Constant Suicides and The Case of the Abominable Snowman


  2. Jose Ignacio says:

    Don’t know yet which book I’ll read, Anyhow I’m in


  3. Santosh Iyer says:

    I select Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie.


    • JJ says:

      Evil Under the Sun is one of my all-time favourite Christies, Santosh. I’m not necessarily saying it’s one of the best, but it’s definitely one of those I enjoyed the most and would offer up as an example of everything she does so well. I’ll be very interested to read your thoughts on it.


  4. realthog says:

    For obvious reasons, I’ve got quite a lot of 1941 movies in the queue. Lemme see what I can do . . .


  5. JJ says:

    I am in, and shall be reviewing at least The Black Shrouds by Constance and Gwenyth Little. Possibly something else, too, time depending (’tis the season, after all).


  6. bkfriedman says:

    What a rich year!!!! In 1941, two of my favorite mystery/noir films came out: The Maltese Falcon and I Wake Up Screaming. It was also the year Christie wrote Evil Under the Sun and N or M (but Santosh grabbed the better of those.) I think I’ll write about the two films. If I have time, I will continue my Helen McCloy kick and read/review The Deadly Truth.


  7. tracybham says:

    Mourned on Sunday by Helen Reilly. I have had a copy for a long time, now I will finally read it.


  8. I’ve decided to read The Case of the Constant Suicides by Carr


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  12. As I’m doing Ngaio Marsh with my other challenge, the Tuesday Night Bloggers, I will kill two birds by doing Surfeit of Lampreys. (listed as 1940 on fantastic fiction, but my copy deffo says 1941…)

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  13. Bev Hankins says:

    I’m definitely in…I’ve got The Corpse & Three Ex-Husbands by Sue MacVeigh (which showed up under the Christmas tree in a bundle of vintage mysteries last year–I’ve never read her, so I’m interested to see what she’s like) and The Chuckling Fingers by Mabel Seeley looking at me from the TBR stacks (there are some others as well, we’ll see how many I can get through).


  14. Santosh Iyer says:

    I have reviewed Agatha Christie’s Evil Under The Sun at Goodreads.

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  15. Jose Ignacio says:

    I’ve just pre-ordered Ten Stars Clues by E.R. Punshon. The Kindle edition will be available next 7 December published by Dean Street Press. It was first published in 1941 by Victor Gollancz.

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  18. KerrieS says:

    I’ve also pre-ordered THE TEN STAR CLUES by E.R. Punshon


  19. realthog says:

    So far this month (and it’s only the 4th!) I’ve watched and written about three 1941 movies; I hope to add a fourth or more. The ones so far are Gambling Daughters (1941), The Gang’s All Here (1941) and Swamp Woman (1941). Classics all, sort of.

    I should start posting my witterings about them soonish on Noirish.

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  21. I have also reviewed Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941), which in theory is meant to be based on Frances Iles’ Before the Fact (1932). However, having read the book, the film was definitely a poor man’s version, which is disappointing as I really like some of Hitchcock’s other films such as The Trouble with Harry and Dial M for Murder. Anyways here is the review:


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  25. realthog says:

    My scribblings about the 1941 movie Cottage to Let are here.

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  26. realthog says:

    Here’s some jottings on Patricia Wentworth’s Danger Point, which appeared in 1942 in the UK but was, I’m assured by the fab folk at EuroCrime, published first, in 1941, in the US as In the Balance.


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      realthog commented: “Here’s some jottings on Patricia Wentworth’s Danger Point, which appeared in 1942 in the UK but was, I’m assured by the fab folk at EuroCrime, published first, in 1941, in the US as In the Balance.”


  27. realthog says:

    And here are some notes on the movie Gambling Daughters (1941).


  28. Bev Hankins says:

    My second 1941 offering: The Chuckling Fingers by Mabel Seeley


  29. Here’s my second one – Hangman’s Curfew by Gladys Mitchell. I’d call it entertaining nonsense if a) it was entertaining and b) the nonsense was explained by the end of the book… One to avoid.


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  31. realthog says:

    Another movie: The Gang’s All Here (1941), with Mantan Moreland and Frankie Darro.


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  33. realthog says:

    And what’s likely my last 1941 movie offering for December (although there’s a rather fun-looking noirish VD scare movie I might try to watch if I have time): Swamp Woman (1941).


    • realthog says:

      Oh, and I should add that Swamp Woman is one of the quartet of movies made by the legendary stripper burlesque dancer Ann Corio. She went on to carve out a successful stage career as producer/director (and occasionally performer). The movie’s a fascinating (I think) piece of Hollywood’s largely forgotten history.


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  35. tracybham says:

    I keep forgetting to comment: I did read Mourned on Sunday by Helen Reilly and posted my review at Bitter Tea and Mystery on Dec. 16. I enjoyed it and will be following up with more books about Inspector McKee.


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  38. realthog says:

    And, finally for me, my notes at Goodreads on Ngaio Marsh’s Surfeit of Lampreys, which I thoroughly enjoyed: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1486693378?book_show_action=false.

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