#1957book sign-up page


Special additional kudos will go to whoever comes up with the best caption for our 1957 picture.

Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Regular players Brad and John between them chose 1957 for May.

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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47 Responses to #1957book sign-up page

  1. Quite a few well known mystery writers seem to have taken a break during this year but there is still quite a selection to choose from. I think I will probably do my first re-read of my blog and read Christie’s 4:50 from Paddington, which I am fond of. Some other ideas for people wondering who to pick are:
    The Twenty Third Man by Gladys Mitchell
    Three for the Chair and If Death ever slept by Rex Stout
    Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith
    The Con Man by Ed McBain
    Off with his head by Ngaio Marsh
    End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake
    The Colour of Murder by Julian Symons
    She Wouldn’t Say Who by Delano Ames

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  2. tracybham says:

    I am doing The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean. Have been looking forward to it for the last month.

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  3. Bev Hankins says:

    I have only four from 1957 on my TBR stacks. Not sure what I’ll do, but it will be at least one of these four:
    Dead Man’s Riddle by Mary Kelly
    The Litmore Snatch by Henry Wade
    Suspicious Circumstances by Patrick Quentin
    Gownsman’s Gallows by Katharine Farrer


  4. realthog says:

    No promises or commitments as yet (these are a hairy few weeks), but I’m looking at the possibilities of these 1957 movies:

    No Down Payment
    Seven Thunders
    The Young Don’t Cry
    Trois Jours a Vivre

    I actually covered the last of these in my film noir book, but it’s a fun item and far too long since I last watched it, so I may decide to give it the more extensive treatment the website affords.

    As for books, I’m tempted by The Brat and The Angry Dream by Gil Brewer.


  5. Nan says:

    I will look around on my shelves to see if I have anything from that year, in which I was nine years old.


  6. MarinaSofia says:

    I hear the following were also published in 1957, but don’t currently have them on my bookshelves (they’re either back in England or not available at the local libraries). Crime might be stretching the definition a bit for some of them, but they are suspenseful:
    Daphne du Maurier: The Scapegoat
    Nevil Shute: On the Beach
    Ian Fleming: From Russia with Love
    Chester Himes: A Rage in Harlem
    Rex Stout: If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe)
    Jim Thompson: The Kill-Off
    Ed McBain: Killer’s Choice (actually, this one I may have…)


  7. Jose Ignacio says:

    Probably I’ll choose A Rage in Harlem aka For Love of Imabelle by Chester Himes.


  8. JJ says:

    Have rather lost track of my books while laid up, but if I have anything you can count me in. Shall keep you in suspense…

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    • JJ says:

      Yeah, no, I don’t have anything from 1957. Which is absurd, given the sheer number of unread books I possess, but there you go. So I’m out for this month!


  9. John says:

    See Rome and Die by Louisa Revell is mine. It’s due back in the library in one week so I better read it soon. I’ll dig into the TBR boxes and see if I can find one or two others. I must have something! I’m looking at US writers only since they tend to be underserved on most of the vintage mystery blogs.

    I’ve already reviewed loads of 1957 books on my blog. Here are two suggestions of excellent books that might appeal to most of the regular participants of this blog meme:
    An Air that Kills – Margaret Millar
    Miss Fenny (in the US: The Woman in the Woods) – Charity Blackstock

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  10. OK I’m in – and thanks John for the tip – I don’t recall ever reading any Margaret Millar and it looks like I can get my hands on that one easily enough


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  12. Brad says:

    I wrote this up a while back, but it feels good to start another “year in review” with a novel by Helen McCloy, especially one I enjoyed more than THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. Here’s my review of THE SLAYER AND THE SLAIN:



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  14. realthog says:

    Here are my Goodreads notes on Gil Brewer’s The Angry Dream (1957; later reissued as The Girl from Hateville). A helterskelter ride if ever there was one.


    • John says:

      I have THE ANGRY DREAM in the original hardcover. I’ll have to read this and find out if its coherent and properly typeset/designed or if the flaws originate with the 1st edition. It’s logical to blame the paperback reprint house for the structural and printing flaws, but it may not be the case.


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  16. Brad says:

    Here’s a little write-up about the great mystery film of 1957: Billy Wilder’s version of “Witness for the Prosecution.”



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  19. Bev Hankins says:

    Here’s my first offering: Dead Man’s Riddle by Mary Kelly


  20. John says:

    I found an old Rex Stout book in a dusty pile hidden behind a plant stand and it turned out to be published in 1957. Yahoo! My post is up on Three for the Chair Three novellas and two were very good indeed. I’m eager to dig into some more Nero Wolfe now.

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  21. realthog says:

    Here’s a piece on the impressive 1957 Argentine movie La Casa del Ángel, directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson.


  22. realthog says:

    Some Goodreads notes here on Fredric Brown’s The Wench is Dead (1957).


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  24. realthog says:

    And here goes with the movie Seven Thunders (1957; vt The Beasts of Marseilles), a noirish movie set during the Nazi occupation of France.


  25. Bev Hankins says:

    My second 1957 book: Gownsman’s Gallows by Katharine Farrer


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  27. realthog says:

    My third and I think last movie offering: The Young Don’t Cry (1957).

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  28. Caption for book: “How much to mail these brats to Timbuktu?

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  30. realthog says:

    Great review, S!


  31. Bev Hankins says:

    My third offering: The Litmore Snatch by Henry Wade

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  34. John says:

    I managed to read a second: Conquest after Midnight by Berkeley Gray. First time meeting/reading Norman Conquest. A bit hokey for me. Flashes of old fashioned thriller motifs mingled with predictable plotting and very often unintentionally silly.


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