1943 sign-up page

1943_mororolaEvery 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.

In February I’ve picked 1943, when, as it turns out, you could already buy a Motorola for your mobile communication needs.

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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67 Responses to 1943 sign-up page

  1. Well, it was a skip year for Dame Agatha, but some books to consider:

    She Died A Lady – Carter Dickson
    Dead On The Track & Men Die At Cypress Lodge – John Rhode
    Dead Stop & Murder MD – Miles Burton
    Colour Scheme – Ngaio Marsh
    There Was An Old Woman – Ellery Queen
    Death Deals A Double – John Bude
    The Affair At Little Wokeham – Freeman Wills Crofts
    The House Of Shadows – J Jefferson Farjeon
    Reverse The Charges – Brian Flynn
    The Weight Of The Evidence – Michael Innes
    The Worsted Viper & Sunset Over Soho – Gladys Mitchell
    The Conqueror Inn – E R Punshon

    That should do for starters, several of those are available. I’ll be looking at a couple of the Rhode/Burton books and my new discovery Brian Flynn, as that one happens to be the other book than I managed to find recently…


  2. RogerBW says:

    I’ve just got past 1943 in my Marsh/Allingham/Brand chronological read, and my Colour Scheme review is already up, but I should also point out: Raymond Chandler – The Lady in the Lake.


  3. Jose Ignacio says:

    I have The Conqueror Inn, s Bobby Owen Mystery by E.R. Punshon in my Kindle.


  4. I will try either Greene’s MINISTRY OF FEAR or Cain’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY – or both if you’re really lucky Rich 😉


  5. I will hopefully be reviewing Elizabeth Daly’s Evidence of Things Seen and Look Your Last by John Stephen Strange.
    So other ideas for people are:
    The Man Who Was Not There by Ethel Lina White
    Skeleton Key by Lenore Glen Offord
    The Mouse in the Mountain by Norbert Davis
    The Chinese Shawl by Patricia Wentworth
    The Black Rustle by Constance and Gwenyth Little
    File for Record by Alice Tilton
    Going, Going, Gone and Proof of the Pudding by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
    It Began in New York by Milward Kennedy


  6. Brad says:

    Good year, even if the Mistress took a year off! Now we’re going places . . . 🙂


  7. Brad says:

    Oh, and it was ANOTHER great year for Hitchcock: Shadow of a Doubt!


  8. Bev Hankins says:

    I am absolutely spoiled for choice on my TBR pile (I really do need to read more books faster…). Here are my possibles (from several most likely to others):
    All For the Love of a Lady by Leslie Ford [there may be some dispute on this one–gadetection & Stop You’re Killing Me sites both list 1944–but I own two copies: Bantam and Popular Library and they both give 1943 as original date….I plan on reading this one regardless because it works for our Tuesday Night Bloggers meme with February’s theme “Love (& Murder) in Bloom]

    The Thursday Turkey Murders by Craig Rice
    Murderer’s Choice by Anna Wells
    Dead as a Dummy by Geoffrey Homes
    Said with Flowers by Anne Nash
    Death Takes a Bow by Frances & Richard Lockridge
    This Is Murder, Mr. Jones by Timothy Fuller
    Old Bones by Herman Petersen
    He Fell Down Dead by Virginia Perdue
    A Variety of Weapons by Rufus King
    Siren in the Night by Leslie Ford
    Having Wonderful Crime by Craig Rice
    Eleven Came Back by Mabel Seeley
    Cats Prowl at Night by A. A. Fair
    Juliet Dies Twice by Lange Lewis
    Without Lawful Authority by Manning Coles
    The Case of the Buried Clock by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Experiment Perilous by Margaret Carpenter
    Death in the Doll’s House by Hannah Lees
    Unidentified Woman by Mignon G. Eberhart
    The Clue in the Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene


  9. KerrieS says:

    Agatha Christie’s THE MOVING FINGER was published in the US in 1943, so that will be my choice.


  10. I just read ‘She Died a Lady’ over christmas so I’m going to go for that! Will link here after. Thanks


  11. As usual I didn’t own anything eligible but thanks to Kate’s list above I have now procured the audio version of Patricia Wentworth’s The Chinese Shawl. Another new-to-me author

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  12. I’m going to go for Gladys again, as really enjoyed my choice from her as January book.


  13. tracybham says:

    I am going to read Laura by Vera Caspary. Been wanting to read it for a while and got a copy in Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s published by Library of American back in 2015.

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  15. Bev Hankins says:

    Here’s my first entry: Death Takes a Bow by Frances & Richard Lockridge


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  20. Two Rhode/Burton reviews – Men Die At Cypress Lodge (in which, um, some men die at a house called… you guessed it) https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/men-die-at-cyprus-lodge-by-john-rhode/ and Murder, M.D. (in which a doctor is murdered) https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/murder-m-d-by-miles-burton-aka-john-rhode/

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    • Santosh Iyer says:

      Yes, the first title is quite explicit. The second title is also explicit in the US where the title is ” Who Killed The Doctor?”


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  22. realthog says:

    Here’s my first movie offering for this month: The Black Raven (1943).


  23. Bev Hankins says:

    One definite: The Thursday Turkey Murders by Craig Rice

    And one “maybe” (although, you did let me sneak one in last time, so I may be pushing it 😉 ): All for the Love of a Lady by Leslie Ford


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  25. Brad says:

    I’m working on a Carr review, but meanwhile here are some thoughts on Hitchcock’s 1943 masterpiece, Shadow of a Doubt: https://ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/its-all-relative-hitchcocks-shadow-of-a-doubt/


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  28. realthog says:

    A philandering ventriloquist is murdered in the music hall! Did the dummy do it? Jack Warner stars in The Dummy Talks (1943).


  29. Brad says:

    Finally! I have a book to add, and like Dan above, I have reviewed Carter Dickson’s She Died a Lady! https://ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/step-by-footstep-carter-dicksons-she-died-a-lady/


  30. My turn again – The Goblin Market by Helen McCloy is up at my site now. https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/the-goblin-market-by-helen-mccloy/


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  32. realthog says:

    My third and (unless I change my mind) last relevant movie has just gone up on Noirish: Paris After Dark (1943), with George Sanders, Brenda Marshall and Philip Dorn.


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  34. John says:

    Here’s mine: The D.A.’s Daughter by Herman Petersen. This may be it from me for the year. It’s been fun.


  35. Jason Half says:

    Hello — I’ve posted a review of TIED FOR MURDER by Cortland Fitzsimmons:


    Thanks as always for hosting the enjoyable review round-up!


  36. tracybham says:

    It is nearly the end of the month and I almost forgot to let you know that I have posted my review of Laura by Vera Caspary. On my blog at Bitter Tea and Mystery on February 22, 2017.


  37. Should get one more done before the end of the month… Don’t post the summary too quickly, Rich!


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