1937 sign-up page

An up-to-date 1937 library, waiting for its body, from The Library Time Machine blog.

An up-to-date 1937 library, waiting for its body, from The Library Time Machine blog.

Every month at Past Offences I host a round-up of book and film reviews relating to a particular year in crime fiction.

For March I have chosen the year 1937, recently identified by JJ at the Invisible Event as the Golden Age of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. He even displays an impressive bell curve to prove it (and he’s even labelled his axes like a professional).

Is JJ correct? This is your big chance to find out.

All you have to do is read a book, watch a film, read a comic, listen to a radio programme and tell us all about it.

Anyone can play, so over to you…

Small print

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  • 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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68 Responses to 1937 sign-up page

  1. Will try and do TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, which I reckon counts …

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  2. Jose Ignacio says:

    Perfect timing for me Rich. I had scheduled to read soon Dumb Witness and Death on the Nile within my project to reading the Poirot novels in chronological order.


  3. JJ says:

    I have the following list from my 1937 research, to give an idea of the usual suspects:

    Max Afford – Blood on His Hands
    Max Afford – Death’s Mannikins
    Max Afford – The Dead Are Blind
    Margery Allingham – The Case of the Late Pig
    Margery Allingham – Dancers in Mourning
    Josephine Bell – Murder in Hospital
    Norman Berrow – It Howls at Night
    Norman Berrow – One Thrilling Night
    Miles Burton – Death at the Club, aka The Clue of the Fourteen Keys
    Miles Burton – Murder in Crown Passage, aka The Man With the Tatooed Face
    Leo Bruce – Case Without a Corpse
    John Dickson Carr – The Burning Court
    John Dickson Carr – The Peacock Feather Murders
    John Dickson Carr – The Third Bullet
    Agatha Christie – Dumb Witness
    Agatha Christie – Death on the Nile
    Agatha Christie – Murder in the Mews
    Cyril Hare – Tenant for Death
    Baynard Kendrick – The Whistling Hangman
    Ronald Knox – Double Cross Purposes
    E.C.R. Lorac – Bats in the Belfry
    E.C.R. Lorac – These Names Make Clues
    Gladys Mitchell – Come Away, Death
    Nigel Morland – The Case of the Rusted Room
    E.R. Punshon – Mystery of Mr. Jessop
    Ellery Queen – The Door Between
    Ellery Queen – The Devil to Pay
    John Rhode – Death in the Hopfields, aka The Harvest Murder
    John Rhode – Death on the Board, aka Death Sits on the Board
    John Rhode – Proceed with Caution, aka Body Unidentified
    Rex Stout – The Red Box
    Henry Wade – The High Sheriff

    I’ll be trying Afford’s Blood on His Hands and…doubtless others!

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    • I thought the Afford book was great so looking to reading your thoughts on it.


    • pastoffences says:

      Not a peak year for Allingham then…


      • JJ says:

        Not so much, no, but then I’ve never quite seen her in the same mould as the other “Crime Queens” anyway, she’s never sat well in that company for me; she was probably at her most clasically GAD five or six years earlier with Police at the Funeral, which is a genuinely excllent mystery with a wonderful conclusion. Everything else veers into and out of thriller territory rather too freely for her to really be any use to anyone in look at GAD trends and tropes. but she’s so very famous — and so very reprinted and so very easy to find — that you can’t really not mentioned her, eh?


  4. As ever my TBR pile has several books from the 1930s but none from 1937 so I’m hoping to get a hold of Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare. I am also sorely tempted to re-read Sayers’ Busman’s Honeymoon, but not sure if I’ll have the time to fit it in. Here are some other suggestions to add to the great list JJ has already started: (suffice to say I think we’re all spoilt for choice with this month’s chosen year).
    The Face on the Cutting Room Floor by Cameron McCabe
    Beginning with a Bash by Alice Tilton
    Figure Away by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
    The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude
    They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer
    Mystery in White by J Jefferson Farjeon
    Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
    The Case is Closed by Patricia Wentworth
    Hamlet Revenge by Michael Innes
    The Case of the Dangerous Dowager and The Case of the Lame Canary by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Background to Danger by Eric Ambler
    Murder Down Under and Winds of Evil by Arthur W Upfield
    Trial and Error by Anthony Berkeley
    Six Against the Yard by the Detection Club
    The Murderer by George Simenon
    The Elephant Never Forgets by Ethel Lina White
    Let Loose by Francis Beeding
    Bengal Fire by Lawrence G Blochman
    The Murder of a Man Afraid of Women by Anthony Abbot
    The Upside Down Murders by Hugh Austin
    Death of a Golfer by Anthony Wynne
    Murder Makes Murder by Harriette Ashbrook
    There’s Trouble Brewing by Nicholas Blake
    The Rigdale Puzzle and The Circle of Guilt by Charles Kingston
    The Murders of Monty by Richard Hull
    I’ll be Judge, I’ll by Jury by Milward Kennedy
    The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla by Stuart Palmer
    Death for Dear Clara by Q Patrick
    Murder a la Richelieu by Anita Blackmon
    Todmanhawe Grange by J S Fletcher


  5. RogerBW says:

    I’ve enjoyed Heyer’s historicals, so I may well give They Found Him Dead a go. I’ve previously reviewed the Marsh and Allingham.


  6. neer says:

    WoW! I wanted March to be dedicated to 1937, and here my wish comes true. Thanks for hosting this.

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  7. Hmmm… would it be predictable to do two of the Rhode books? But not Hop Fields as that one’s a bit out of my price range (and the other two are already on my shelf). Might do the Bude one as well.


  8. tracybham says:

    I will be doing one of the Allingham books, probably Dancers in Mourning.


  9. KerrieS says:

    Mine is going to be DUMB WITNESS by Agatha Christie


  10. Scott says:

    I will try my hand at Cyril Hare – Tenant for Death

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  12. I have to do Allingham’s The Case of the Late Pig – because I actually own it – can’t say I’m looking forward to it (there must be a reason it’s sat unread for so long) but I like the idea of getting it over and done with one way or another 🙂


  13. Bev Hankins says:

    I’ve got a few of the same books as Kate sitting on my TBR stacks. Here’s my possibles (top two are most likely):
    Fit to Kill by Hans C. Owen
    The Castle Island Case by Van Wyck Mason
    Mystery at High Hedges by Edith Sherman Bishop
    Murder at Government House by Elspeth Huxley
    Crime of Violence by Rufus King
    The Case of the Lame Canary OR The D.A. Calls It Murder by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Dangerous Curves by Peter Cheyney
    Murder by Prescription by Jonathan Stagge
    Think Fast, Mr. Moto by John P. Marquand
    Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
    Pattern for Murder by Mignon G. Eberhart
    Mr. Pinkerton Again! by David Frome
    Figure Away by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
    Murder Down Under by Arthur W. Upfield


  14. Brad says:

    I’ve been home with a cold, so I’m halfway through Mystery in White!


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  20. Brad says:

    Well, Rich, your choice of year inspired me to read my first Patricia Wentworth mystery! I’m not sure if I’m inspired enough to ever try again: https://ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/miss-silver-and-the-great-confluence-of-1937/


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  22. Told you there would be one that nobody mentioned. The rather stunning and ultra-obscure Tread Softly by Brian Flynn – https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/tread-softly-by-brian-flynn/ – the only review on the internet! I think…


  23. RogerBW says:

    Georgette Heyer was better as a romance writer than when They Found Him Dead, but there’s interest here nonetheless.


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  28. John says:

    Sheer coincidence. I managed to read a book from 1937 and didn’t realize until afterwards…

    Dead Men Are Dangerous by Garnett Weston


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  30. Another one from me – Death In The Hop Fields by John Rhode. https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/death-in-the-hop-fields-by-john-rhode/
    That’s four so far – at least one more to come…


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  32. jasonhalf says:

    Hello — Here’s the link for my review of The Case of the Seven of Calvary, the first Anthony Boucher title I have read —


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  35. And another one for me, the mystery of the missing preposition – aka, Mystery Of Mr Jessop by E R Punshon. https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/mystery-of-mr-jessop-by-e-r-punshon/


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  37. Me again! My sixth (sorry, Rich) 1937 is the blandly named Proceed With Caution aka Body Unidentified by that Rhode bloke again – https://classicmystery.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/proceed-with-caution-aka-body-unidentified-by-john-rhode/

    Sorry to say, I’m not finished with 1937 yet as there’s at least one more on the way. It’s been a cracking year so far, not a duffer in sight… <> and the next book is Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh. Oh dear…


  38. Bev Hankins says:

    Here’s my second (and last–I don’t think I’ll get another 1937 done before the end of the month): Fit to Kill by Hans C. Owen


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  40. Well, here’s the review of Vintage Murder – and I’m afraid it’s business as usual from Ngaio Marsh


    One more to go…


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  42. tracybham says:

    My 1937 book is Dancers in Mourning by Allingham, and I posted it on March 22, 2017 at Bitter Tea and Mystery. Sorry to take so long to notify you of this.


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  45. Here’s my sneaky 1937 review of Ronald Knox’s short stories, just in before the deadline! https://thereaderiswarned.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/ronald-knox-the-shorts-stories-1931-1947/

    Thanks for setting this up again.


  46. OK, here’s A Minor Operation by J J Connington. Book number eight from me… I’ll stop now, I promise. Probably.



  47. jasonhalf says:

    Hello! I hope I’ve gotten Leo Bruce’s CASE WITHOUT A CORPSE in under the wire. Here in the Midwest of the U.S. of A., it’s 8:33 p.m. on March 31…. Thanks yet again for a fun year to explore! — Jason

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