Category Archives: Classic mystery book review

Classic crime fiction, mystery books and thrillers

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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Robert Bloch: Psycho

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Mary nodded to herself, resisting the impulse to close her eyes, and then jerked erect, scanning the side of the road through the blur of rainswept darkness. That’s when she saw the sign, set beside the driveway which led to … Continue reading

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1943 sign-up page

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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. In February I’ve picked 1943, when, as it turns out, you could already … Continue reading

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‘The 60s didn’t really know what to do with hats’: #1960book round up

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Every month at Past Offences we review the crime and mystery oeuvre of a particular year, and in December we were looking at 1960. This month we have a theme tune, Man of Mystery, courtesy of the Shads, to listen … Continue reading

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Best Offences: My favourite crime reads of 2016

Well, it’s been a pretty rubbish year, what with the whole geopolitical situation and fewer five-star reads than any year since my records began. Still, there were a few high points and I’dd unreservedly recommend the following titles… Francis Iles: Malice … Continue reading

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1959book sign-up

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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. Bernadette of Reactions to Reading and Fair Dinkum Crime chose 1959 for January. … Continue reading

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H. R. F. Keating: Zen There Was Murder

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‘Very well, then,’ said the superintendent, ‘since we both know what’s in my mind, let’s say it out loud.’ He leant forward and looked at Mr Utamaro. The piggy eyes blazing with determination. ‘Is there some trickery going on here?’ … Continue reading

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‘A full account of how to make a jam omelette’: The #1930book round-up

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Every month here at Past Offences, I round up crime and mystery fiction reviews focusing on a particular year. It’s called Crimes of the Century. In September we were looking at 1930, which proved to be a stonking year in … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Mr Quin

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After I turned from poetry and ghost stories to crime, Harlequin finally reappeared; a figure invisible except when he chose, not quite human, yet concerned with the affairs of human beings and particularly of lovers. He is also the advocate … Continue reading

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Whom do you suspect, and why?

I thought it was high time for another Solv-a-Crime. Usual thing – the best answer gets to choose next month’s year for Crimes of the Century, or, at the judge’s discretion, a cash prize of £100,000 in used bank notes … Continue reading

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