Monthly Archives: March 2016

#1945book sign-up page

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Every month onĀ Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Regular contributor Bev has chosen 1945 for April. So did anyone have the energy to produce crime fiction in ’45? I … Continue reading

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Rowan Atkinson in Maigret Sets a Trap – review

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So chez Past Offences, we enjoyed last night’s Maigret Sets a Trap. If you’d like to head over to The Killing Times, you can read my thoughts on the show. It’s all about the stare.

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UK readers – look out for Maigret Sets a Trap tonight

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The Rowan Atkinson Maigret appears on our screens for the first time tonight in Maigret Sets a Trap (9PM on ITV). A killer stalks and murders young women in the Montmartre district of 1955 Paris, a city still struggling to … Continue reading

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Solv-a-Crime take 2

The last Solv-a-Crime challenge was fun, so here’s another poser for the Bank Holiday. The Case of the Room-mate’s Remains

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1947 caption competition

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Just going to try this out in support of #1947book… Here’s a 1947 police picture, who can come up with the best caption? Like all the best competitions, this one has no prize apart from an ego boost šŸ™‚  

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Gerald Kersh: Prelude to a Certain Midnight

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She wanted to do something to somebody. She felt a need for a hushed Old Bailey, a Black Cap, a Sentence, a rope snapping taut and a gratified crowd outside grey walls half-cheering while a man in uniform pasted up … Continue reading

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H. R. F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah

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‘Good lad. Remember, we’re here to see that things are done in this country the right way. It isn’t easy. We wouldn’t have been put here if it was. So we’ve got to do our best, always. All right?’ H. … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

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‘Your fatĀ chief of police tried to assassinate me last night. IĀ don’t like that. I’m just mean enough to want to ruin him for it. Now I’m going to have my fun. I’ve got ten thousand dollars of your money to … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: The Allingham Case-book

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So I was all set to submit this for the #1947book challenge, when I noticed that rather than Mr Campion’s Casebook (1947), I had beenĀ reading The Allingham Case-book (1969). Still, that’s no bad thing if you like her short stories. … Continue reading

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Extended trailer for Maigret with Rowan Atkinson

Just time to share this now… looks pretty good.

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