Category Archives: 2013 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge

‘She murdered minds as well as bodies.’ #1955book round-up

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Thanks very much to everyone who contributed to February’s challenge to read and review crime fiction from the year 1955. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone – this was a bumper crop or blog posts. 1955 seems to have been a varied … Continue reading

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Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly

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The Case of the Gilded Fly Edmund Crispin First published in the UK 1944, Victor Gollancz This edition Vintage, 2009 ISBN: 9780099542131 206 pages Source: City Bookshop The Case of the Gilded Fly is the first mystery novel by Edmund Crispin. … Continue reading

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The Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge – Completed

I’m happy to say I’ve completed the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block. As of reviewing Crooked House tonight, I’ve posted on 16 pre-1960 crime novels in the following categories: Colourful Crime: a book with a colour or reference to … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: Crooked House

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Crooked House Agatha Christie First published in the UK 1949, Collins Crime Club This edition Fontana, 1974 ISBN: 0006137989 160 pages Source: City Bookshop My post about the Crime Writers Association’s most recent poll garnered recommendations from Sarah and Sergio for … Continue reading

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Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law

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Tragedy at Law Cyril Hare First published in the UK, 1943 This edition 1953, Penguin Books 252 pp Source: My own bookshelf ‘All manner of persons having anything to do before My Lords the King’s Justices of Oyer and Terminer and General … Continue reading

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BBC: The Lady Vanishes

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BBC: The Lady Vanishes Starring: Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Keeley Hawes. Julian Rhind-Tutt, Selina Cadell Adapted by: Fiona Seres Director: Diarmuid Lawrence 2013 This has been sitting on the digital box at Offences Towers since it was televised back in … Continue reading

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Michael Innes: The Journeying Boy

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The Journeying Boy Michael Innes First published in the UK 1947, Victor Gollancz Ltd This edition: First edition! ISBN: N/A 325 pages There was always a limit to what the most conscientious tutor could achieve in households in which there appeared … Continue reading

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Charles Warren Adams: The Notting Hill Mystery

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The Notting Hill Mystery Charles Warren Adams (as Charles Felix) First published in the UK 1862-3 in ‘Once a Week’ This edition 2012, British Library Publishing ISBN: 9780712358590 312 pages Two alternatives present themselves. In the first we must altogether ignore … Continue reading

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William Le Queux: The Doctor of Pimlico

The Doctor of Pimlico, Being the Disclosure of a Great Crime William Le Queux First published in the UK by Cassell, 1919 This edition, 2013, by Oleander Press ISBN:9781909349735 220 pages ‘If this man, Fetherston, has discovered the truth, as … Continue reading

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Cyril Hare: Best Detective Stories

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Best Detective Stories of Cyril Hare Cyril Hare, with an introduction by Michael Gilbert First published in the UK by Faber and Faber Limited, 1959 This edition, Faber and Faber, 1986 ISBN: 0571145191 272 pages He was profoundly thankful to … Continue reading

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