Category Archives: British Library Crime Classics

Lois Austen-Leigh: The Incredible Crime

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Men with brains and ability can be found all over the world, moreover there are always others coming on to fill their places, but such Jacobean rooms as this are not to be found all over the world, nor are … Continue reading

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J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests

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Every station has its special voice. Some are of grit. Some are of sand. Some are of milk cans. Some are of rock muffled by tunnel smoke. Whatever the voice is, it speaks to those who know it, sounding a … Continue reading

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George Bellairs: Death of a Busybody

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The shapes of clustered cottages could just be discerned in the pitch darkness. The wind hissed in the leaves of the trees round the inn. A fox barked somewhere in the distance and was answered by the challenges of yard-dogs. … Continue reading

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Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff

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This the second of the Sergeant Cluff novels of Gil North to be resurrected by the British Library this year – the first being Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm. Cluff is a detective in the Dales town of Gunnarshaw (apparently based … Continue reading

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Gil North: Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm

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At intervals along the lines of shops and offices and banks passages no wider than one man at a time could pass led off both sides of the High Street. They tunnelled the buildings and became tiny streets, cottages facing … Continue reading

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Bodies from the Library 2016

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It seems like only a few weeks since I reported from Bodies from the Library at the British Library, the inspirational first gathering of Golden Age mystery fans. However, a year has gone by, and today I was down in London for a rematch. This year’s … Continue reading

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Miles Burton: The Secret of High Eldersham

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Cecil John Charles Street, who wrote as Miles Burton and John Rhode, published more than 120 mysteries in his lifetime. My last encounter with his work was A.S.F., a book notable as much for its massively elaborate drug-smuggling tactics as its excellently-named villain, and good … Continue reading

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Ed. Martin Edwards: Serpents in Eden

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This new volume of shorts from the British Library celebrates the rural mystery with stories written over a 50-year period by authors as diverse as Arthur Conan Dole, Ethel Lina White, G. K. Chesterton, Margery Allingham, Gladys Mitchell, and Leo Bruce. … Continue reading

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Alan Melville: Death of Anton

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‘Dear me,’ said Mr Minto. ‘And I always thought that circus people were just one big, happy family.’ ‘You’ve been reading the novelists who join up with a circus for a fortnight and then go home and write a book … Continue reading

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British Library Crime Classics – which is your favourite?

The Puzzle Doctor just commented that Christopher St John Sprigg’s Death of an Airman was his favourite British Library classic crime novel so far, making me wonder which was mine. If you haven’t picked up on them yet, the BL’s series has … Continue reading

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