#1950book sign-up page

1950_lowEvery month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Just before Christmas, Col persuaded me that 1950 would be a good year to look at, so here goes.

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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37 Responses to #1950book sign-up page

  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    It is awfully nice of you, Rich! The month and year I was born. I’m in but still have to choose which book to read. Might re-read Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train to begin with.


  2. I think I shall read Joanna Cannan’s Murder Included, as she is an author I have been meaning to try.

    If anyone else needs any ideas here are a few others from 1950:
    Gladys Mitchell – Groaning Spinney
    Edmund Crispin – Frequent Hearses
    Helen McCloy – Through a Glass Darkly
    Erle Stanley Gardner – The One-Eyed Witness
    Christianna Brand – Cat and Mouse
    Rex Stout – Three Doors to Death
    In the Best Families
    Christie – A Murder is Announced
    Friedrich Durrenmatt – The Judge and His Hangman
    Stuart Palmer – The Green Ace
    Patricia Wentworth – The Ivory Dagger


  3. I’ll take Night At The Mocking Widow by Carter Dickson


  4. JJ says:

    Count me in; I have The Footprints of Satan by Norman Berrow itching to be read, and will have a look around for anything else I can contribute…


    • JJ says:

      Actually, since the Doctor is taking Night at the Mocking Widow, let’s make it a clean sweep of Carr for 1950 and I’ll do The Bride of Newgate as well.


  5. bkfriedman says:

    It’s like you people are challenging me to say something new about A Murder Is Announced! I might give it a try! I may also review the film DOA because it is quintessential noir! 1950 was a very good year for films…Can I review Sunset Boulevard as a crime film? Some people consider it noirish…


    • I would count Sunset Boulevard, though it is more of an inverted mystery in that we know someone has been killed, we’re just seeing how it happened. And I also definitely think you should do something on A Murder is Announced (no pressure or anything!)


  6. tracybham says:

    I will be reading Blood Will Tell by George Bagby. It was on a list of books to read in 2015, so thanks for pushing me to finally get to it early in 2016.


  7. Bev Hankins says:

    I’m in….I’ll have to sort through the TBR stacks and see what’s available.


  8. KerrieS says:

    Mine is THE DROWNING POOL by Ross Macdonald


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  10. Bev Hankins says:

    First one! Hunt with the Hounds by Mignon G. Eberhart

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  13. Bev Hankins says:

    And a second offering: Murder at Arroways by Helen Reilly


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  17. Bev Hankins says:

    And….a third Hardly a Man Is Now Alive by Herbert Brean. There are places on the internet that place this as a 1952 publication–but my copy definitely says 1950.


  18. Night At The Mocking Widow – best mystery to feature the lead detective dressed as an Indian chief while instigating a mud fight at a village fair… https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/night-at-the-mocking-widow-by-carter-dickson/

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  22. tracybham says:

    I do have a review posted for Blood Will Tell by George Bagby. At Bitter Tea and Mystery, posted on January 20th.

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