#1947book sign-up page

Victorian Policewomen designed their own uniforms in 1947 under strict instructions from Chief Commissioner Alexander Duncan to omit epauelettes (ornamental shoulder pieces) because he believed women would never reach the rank of officer, according to the Victoria Police Museum.

“Victorian Policewomen designed their own uniforms in 1947 under strict instructions from Chief Commissioner Alexander Duncan to omit epaulettes […] because he believed women would never reach the rank of officer, according to the Victoria Police Museum.” From the Herald Sun

Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Regular contributor Santosh picked 1947 for March after masterfully Solving-a-crime earlier in the month.

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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56 Responses to #1947book sign-up page

  1. I have my book already for this year, one by Alice Tilton called The Iron Clew. Unfortunately don’t think I will be able to post for February’s challenge as the postal system has let me down, as the book I was waiting for is already a day past its due date range. Fingers crossed for the post tomorrow.

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  2. realthog says:

    No promises, but if I’m still alive in March after having finished the current book, I’m tempted by Lured (1947), The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947) and Frieda (1947). There’s also the temptation of Desire Me (1947) with Garson and Mitchum.

    As for books . . .

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  3. Jose Ignacio says:

    My choice for March Maigret in New York, 1947 [Inspector Maigret #27] by Georges Simenon.


  4. JJ says:

    I got nothin’ for 1947 in my TBR, absolutely nothin’. If that changes during March I’m in, but as it stands I’ll have to sit this round out…

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  5. Brad says:

    It’s almost eerie how some of my favorite authors seemed to skip 1947, so I’m kind of up a creek there! However, it was a terrific year for movies, and I’m mulling over reviewing four of my favorites: Out of the Past, Dark Passage, Green for Danger, and The Unsuspected!

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    • Do you mean the Alastair Sim version of Green for Danger? Although IMBD says the film was released in 1947, on both the film’s Wikipedia page, on the Rotten Tomatoes Site and on the back of my own copy of the film it says 1946. I was tempted to review the film myself for this month but then I was a bit stumped by the ambiguous dating.


    • JJ says:

      Thanks for that like, Brad. Delighted to see that someone is pleased at the news of my not blogging about something…

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  6. Bev Hankins says:

    I have an embarrassment of riches for 1947 (about 20 to choose from if the dates on my spreadsheet are all accurate)….I’m not sure what I’ll land on, but I’m going to aim for one of the authors I haven’t tried yet. So, at least one of these: Terror in the Town by Edward by Edward Ronns; The Velvet Fleece by Lois Eby & John C. Fleming; Search for a Scientist by Charles Leonard; The Day He Died by Lewis Padgett; & House of Darkness by Allan MacKinnon. If anyone has tried any of these authors and can point me towards someone particularly good, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


    • realthog says:

      I’ve read a fair amount of fantasy/sf by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore in collaboration), and it can be very good. (If you ever spot a copy of the collection Bypass to Otherness, often published as by Kuttner solo, you’ll get the best of their short work. I liked the companion vol, Return to Otherness, a lot less.) I wasn’t aware they’d written crime/mystery fiction, so I’d be very interested to hear how you get on with The Day He Died!


      • Bev Hankins says:

        Thanks! I though the name Padgett sounded familiar. I must have seen it when I was more heavily into fantasy/sf, but I don’t know if I actually read anything by them.


  7. Sigh. Looks like it’s time for Mickey Spillane’s I, THE JURY. I’m not hopeful I’ll like it – not much of a hard-boiled fan am I – but I can get hold of it and it will surely teach me something about this genre 🙂


  8. I’m in, though as ever no idea what yet. will look through the old green penguins…


  9. tracybham says:

    I am planning to read and review Minute for Murder by Nicholas Blake, assuming I can pull it out of the tub in the garage that it resides in.


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  12. Brad says:

    May not make it with a book review this month, but here’s something about three great noir films out of a great year for noir! https://ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/vintage-noir-three-films-from-1947/


  13. Bev Hankins says:

    Finished my first one: Lewis Padgett’s The Day He Died.

    And, Rich, if you haven’t seen my response at the 1933 round-up–I’d like to ask for our next year to be 1945.

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  16. Noah Stewart says:

    I’m delighted to FINALLY be able to match something I’m reading with the year of your contributors’ blog posts … it seems like I’ve always been a dollar short and a day late, as it were. Here’s my look at “Nothing But the Truth” by John Rhode (1947).


  17. Bev Hankins says:

    My second contribution for March. This one was a real delight. House of Darkness by Allan MacKinnon

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  19. Here is my review of Phoebe Atwood Taylor’s (writing as Alice Tilton) The Iron Clew, which I really enjoyed:

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  20. nbmandel says:

    I had trouble finding a 1947 that I could lay hands on. I wanted to try John Dickson Carr (to go with last month’s Crofts) but the only copy of SLEEPING SPHINX in either the Brooklyn or New York library systems is lib. use only at NYPL. But in the 1940s volume of Women Crime Writers I found both IN A LONELY PLACE and THE BLANK WALL, and it’s the latter, by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, that I’m planning to write about. (On the subject of P A Taylor, meanwhile, I just put up a post on two of her books, here: https://bklynharuspex.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/vintage-mysteries-by-phoebe-atwood-taylor/. Isn’t she fun?)


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  24. Managed to review another 1947 novel. This time Joan Coggin’s Dancing with Death which I enjoyed a lot:


  25. KerrieS says:

    I’m running late but I propose to read MAIGRET IN NEW YORK


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  28. tracybham says:

    I did read and review Minute for Murder by NIcholas Blake (at Bitter Tea and Mystery, posted on March 09).


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