#1975book sign-up page


Check this out: A 1975 Smith & Wesson Model II Identi-Kit.

Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. I’ve called it Crimes of the Century. After 1907 in October, which was a bit of a toughie, I’ve decided to zoom forward to 1975.

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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55 Responses to #1975book sign-up page

  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    I’m planning to read Last Bus to Woodstock (Inspector Morse #1)by Colin Dexter first published in 1975.

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  2. A couple of other suggestions:
    Curtain by Agatha Christie
    The Black Tower by P D James
    Black Widower by Patricia Moyes
    Shake Hands Forever by Ruth Rendell
    A Case Of Spirits by Peter Lovesey
    None really leap out for me though, so I’d appreciate other suggestions…


  3. Jose Ignacio says:

    I think I’ve An April Shroud as well, so maybe I’“ tackle that one as well at a later stage.


  4. Jose Ignacio says:

    I will tackle that


  5. JJ says:

    Oooo, oooo, oooo, I’ve got Jan Ekstrom’s Deadly Reunion burning a hole in my bookshelf, so I’ll give that a go. Plus any others I find. Shall keep you posted…


  6. Brad says:

    I’ll try to get to Curtain. I’m sure I won’t be the only one!


  7. RogerBW says:

    I have previously reviewed, and would recommend, James Anderson’s The Affair of the Blood-stained Egg Cosy – country-house murder mystery parody, but by someone who clearly knows and loves the genre.

    Others to consider, though they some of them push the edges of the scope of this blog:

    Elizabeth Peters, Crocodile on the Sandbank
    Michael Crichton, The Great Train Robbery
    Thomas Harris, Black Sunday
    Gerald Seymour, Harry’s Game
    Rex Stout, A Family Affair

    I’m tempted to dive into Morse, never having read or seen any.


  8. tracybham says:

    As I missed out in October, I will find a book to read for 1975. I do recommend The Affair of the Blood-stained Egg Cosy and The Great Train Robbery, mentioned in comments above.


  9. Bev Hankins says:

    I didn’t get around to the October book–just couldn’t fit in one that I didn’t own among my frantic TBR pile reading. I should be able to produce a 1975 book from the stacks, though. I’ll report back once I can give the piles a one-over.


    • Bev Hankins says:

      Okay, here are my possibles:
      Bored to Death by Michael Delving
      Victim by Josephine Bell
      Doctor, Lawyer… by Colin Wilcox
      Black Widower by Patricia Moyes
      The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
      The Matter of Paradise by Brown Meggs
      Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwillem van de Wetering
      Time of Terror by Hugh Pentecost


      • realthog says:

        Thank you, Bev, for giving the author of Outsider in Amsterdam where others were twee. I have several Van de Weterings kicking around the house, but I can’t recall if this is one of them.


  10. J. J. McC. says:

    Someone should do The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald. The first John D. I ever read, sometime shortly after it was published.


    • tracybham says:

      I will be doing The Dreadful Lemon Sky. I wanted to start my re-reading the Travis McGee series with the first book, The Deep Blue Good-By, but I have been putting it off for a while. So this one will be my re-introduction to the series.


  11. I’ll hopefully be reading Patricia Moyes Black Widower.


  12. John says:

    OUTSIDER IN AMSTERDAM (along with all the rest of the De Gripstra books) was reprinted a few years ago and is also available in an eBook, too. Highly recommended. Someone ought to read that one. If you want to learn about Zen Buddhism via a Dutch cop, then this is the one.

    Once again, this is a year during which many prolific writers did *not* publish a book. 1976 would have been better for US writers. Anyway, here’s my monthly list of the American writers who did have a book published in the chosen year.

    Danger Money – Mignon Eberhart
    The Barclay Place – Rae Foley
    Dead Run – Jack Foxx (Bill Pronzini)
    A Nun in the Closet – Dorothy Gilman
    Heart of Gold – Russell Greenan
    Who Killed the Pie Man? – Phillips Lore
    Minotaur Country – Helen McCloy
    The Dreadful Lemon Sky – John D. MacDonald (Oh, I see Tracy called this one. Good job!)
    Fatal Flourishes (short stories ) – S. S. Rafferty
    Brothers Keepers – Donald E Westlake
    Two Much – Donald E Westlake
    Spindrift – Phyllis Whitney

    And I’ll throw in one Brit because this was his debut year as a mystery novelist and I remember it being at least very funny, if not a brilliant mystery.

    Cast, In Order of Disappearance – Simon Brett

    And of course I will stun you all by choosing yet another book that no one will ever read in their lifetime…other than me. :^D

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  15. realthog says:

    Just for fun, here’s the 1975 pilot, Too Many Suspects, for the single-season 1975-6 Ellery Queen TV series starring Jim Hutton as Ellery.


  16. OMG I’m so excited…I actually own two books published in 1975 that I haven’t read and they’re both by Australian crime writers. I usually have to go visiting the library or ordering books online for this challenge 🙂


  17. lesblatt says:

    I’m going to try to “get with the program” this month. I’ll plan to review Catherine Aird’s “Slight Mourning.” I think I’ve read it before, but so long ago that not even the back-cover blurb brings any of it back to me.


    • JJ says:

      You probably won’t see this, Les, but I love the structure of Slight Mourning. Will be interested to see what you make of it…


      • lesblatt says:

        I did see it, JJ – I’ve long been a fan of Aird. Her plotting and her characters are remarkably close to GA standards, I think, which is worth noting in someone who began her mystery career in the 1960s and has continued ever since.


  18. Bev Hankins says:

    First offering: Black Widower by Patricia Moyes

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  20. RogerBW says:

    My first review for this month: Cast, in Order of Disappearance by Simon Brett.


  21. Scott says:

    I will do The Jerusalem File by Linda Stewart


  22. RogerBW says:

    Second review for the month: Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter.


  23. John says:

    My first of three: A Country Kind of Death by Mary McMullen

    What a relief it was only 167 pages. My first real slam of a book in a very long time.

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  24. tracybham says:

    I have done a post for The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald, on November 16, 2016 at Bitter Tea and Mystery.


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  27. lesblatt says:

    My review of Catherine Aird’s “Slight Mourning” is live at http://www.classicmysteries.net/2016/11/slight-mourning.html



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  29. An April Shroud is up at classicmystery.wordpress.com. Brace yourself…

    After that, I might try and squeeze in Black Widower… let’s see


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  31. RogerBW says:

    Probably my last for this month: A Case of Spirits by Peter Lovesey, in which it is assumed the reader doesn’t know the tricks of spiritualism (probably more plausible in 1975 than now).


  32. John says:

    Nuts! One day late with my last post. Hope I make it into your monthly round-up because these two books were very good. Here’s the link for a combined post I did on both:
    The Topless Tulip Caper by Lawrence Block and The Snake by James McClure


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