1960 book sign-up page

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 1975, which seemed to own some terrible books, I’ve picked 1960.

This video of police sports at Sarawak in 1960 gets quite odd at 2:16.

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 1960 book sign-up page

  1. mikeripley says:

    No idea what a blog post is, I’m afraid, but will somebody please take note of Geoffrey Household’s “Watcher in the Shadows” (1960) which I once described as Gunfight at the OK Corral set in St Mary Mead. A wonderful thriller and up there (almost) with his classic “Rogue Male”.


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      • John says:

        Take that, Mike! Get with the program already and lay off the gin. ;^) See what happens when you indulge in irony? Humorless, literal minded pedants lay in on you like rats feasting on food scraps in an alley.

        I’ll read Household’s book just to make your day a little brighter and spread happiness and cheer to those attacked by snarky librarians.


      • mikeripley says:

        You know me John and you know I will stick to the gin. Amazed you haven’t read the Household – a treat in store.


  2. Brad says:

    Hmm . . . ’75 was definitely tough!

    No Christie in 1960, unless you count the American publication date of Cat Among the Pigeons. No Queen either. No Moyes. Carr had In Spite of Thunder. Rex Stout had Too Many Clients, which I believe is a good one. Patrick Quentin has The Green Eyed Monster – is that findable? Gladys Mitchel has Say It With Flowers. Margaret Millar has A Stranger in My Grave.

    The most notable book of the year was To Kill a Mockingbird, hardly a mystery. The notable film was Psycho.

    Gosh, Rich, I don’t think you made things easier this time around!


  3. Bit stumped as to what I might read. At the moment it might be The Chinese Lake Murders by Robert Van Gulik. Some other ideas I came across but didn’t hugely appeal were:
    Ngaio Marsh’s False Scent
    Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only
    Rex Stout – Too Many Clients
    Patricia Highsmith’s This Sweet Sickness
    George Simenon’s The Blue Room
    Michael Innes’ The New Sonia Wayward
    Michael Underwood’s Cause of Death
    Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Waylaid Wolf, The Case of the Duplicate Daughter, The Case of the Shapely Shadow


  4. J. J. McC. says:

    John D. MacDonald had Slam the Big Door, The Only Girl in the Game, and The End of the Night that year. I think the only one of these that I’ve read is Slam the Big Door (wait till you find out what the big door is!).
    Ross Macdonald’s The Ferguson Affair, which was one of the few non-Lew Archer books he wrote in his later years. I read it long ago but don’t remember it.
    By the way, I love Highsmith’s This Sweet Sickness. Not a mystery, though.


  5. Jose Ignacio says:

    Not an easy year for me this time either. I have Simenon’s The Blue Room on my TBR shelves but afraid it was first published in 1962.


  6. I’m going to go with Margaret Millar’s A Stranger in my Grave – only one I can get hold of without spending a fortune to post something to Oz


  7. Well, 1960 was John Rhode’s penultimate year, so I’ll take a run at Death Paints A Picture and Legacy of Death, the final two Miles Burton titles. Even though they’re supposed to be a bit crap…


  8. Jose Ignacio says:

    I’ve ordered today Maigret in Court by Georges Simenon. Hope it will arrive on time to read it.


  9. anotheriain says:

    This Wikipedia list of 1960 British novels – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1960_British_novels – includes The Night Of Wenceslas by Lionel Davidson, which I don’t think has been mentioned.

    The equivalent US list – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1960_American_novels – includes something called The Dame’s The Game, by Al Fray.

    And this wider list – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_in_literature#New_books – may also provide inspiration which I haven’t spotted.


  10. tracybham says:

    I have several to pick from and I wish I could manage more than one. I will be reading Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Kyle (AKA Robert Terrall).
    Other possibilities are:
    Death Lives Next Door by Gwendoline Butler
    Alibi For A Judge by Henry Cecil
    So Dies The Dreamer by Ursula Curtiss
    Fear The Light by Elizabeth Ferrars
    The Case Of The Shapely Shadow by Erle Stanley Gardner


  11. Bev Hankins says:

    My TBR possibles:
    Jury of One by Mignon G. Eberhart
    Dark Lady by Doris Miles Disney
    The Doomed Oasis by Hammond Innes
    the Green-Eyed Monster by Patrick Quentin
    Death-Wish Green by Frances Crane
    The Last Commandment by George Harmon Coxe (GA Detection says 1961, but my edition says first published by Knopf in 1960)
    Follow Me by Helen Reilly
    Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes
    Too Many Clients by Rex Stout


  12. Bev Hankins says:

    Other 1960 possibilities (I have already read most of these):
    Gideon’s Risk by J. J. Marric
    Evvie by Vera Caspary
    The Case of Sonia Wayward by Michael Innes (aka The New Sonia Wayward)
    Jack on the Gallows Tree by Leo Bruce
    Furious Old Women by Leo Bruce
    Dead Against My Principles by Kenneth Hopkins
    The Golden Man by Frances & Richard Lockridge [the only one I don’t have/haven’t read]
    The Judge is Reversed by Lockridge
    Show Red for Danger by Lockridge
    Death in the Andamans by M. M. Kaye (aka Night on the Island)
    Gently with the Painters by Alan Hunter


  13. Scott says:

    Toss up between Death of A Citizen and the Dame


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  15. jasonhalf says:

    Taking on a third job had kept me out of last month’s 1975 round-up, but I hope that the December holidays might provide some time for pleasure reading once more…

    I shall tackle John Rhode’s TWICE DEAD this time around, which at least has a very artistic dustjacket design.


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  17. lesblatt says:

    I’ve just ordered Leo Bruce’s “Furious Old Women.” If it arrives in time, I’ll review it for my contribution to the 1960 book list.

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  18. Bev Hankins says:

    I’ve got my first one: Dark Lady by Doris Miles Disney


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  20. lesblatt says:

    My review of Leo Bruce’s “Furious Old Women” has been posted: http://www.classicmysteries.net/2016/12/furious-old-women.html


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  24. realthog says:

    I’ve given an account of Schachnovelle (1960; vt Brainwashed; vt Three Moves to Freedom) here. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a movie so much.

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  25. Like Kate I’ve done Christie’s Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. http://clothesinbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/xmas-book-of-1960-and-christmas-pudding.html
    –now off to read her review.


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  27. Jose Ignacio says:

    My first one Maigret in Court, 1960 (Inspector Maigret #55) by Georges Simenon. Trans: Robert Brain is at https://jiescribano.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/review-maigret-in-court-1960-inspector-maigret-55-by-georges-simenon-trans-robert-brain/
    I’ve finished reading Michael Innes The New Sonia Wayward (1960) (also known as The Case of Sonia Wayward), my post will follow soon.

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  28. Both my Miles Burton reviews are up – Death Paints A Picture https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/death-paints-a-picture-by-miles-burton/ and Legacy Of Death https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/legacy-of-death-by-miles-burton/ . Surprisingly, there’s both actually rather good…


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  30. Jason Half says:

    My review for John Rhode’s TWICE DEAD is available. Adding to Puzzle Doctor’s observation about his reads, this late Street/Rhode/Burton was a pleasant surprise, if unsurprising in its content. Thank you, Rich, for the monthly yearly prompt you provide us GAD fans….



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  32. tracybham says:

    I nearly forgot to let you know, Rich. I have done a post on Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Kyle at Bitter Tea and Mystery on Dec. 22, 2016.


  33. John says:

    I got one more in just in the nick of time. Excellent noirish crime novel by one of my favorite writers:

    Sing Me a Murder by Helen Nielsen

    Happy New Year! Here’s to more fabulous vintage crime fiction discoveries in 2017!


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