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Cozy mystery books in the tradition of Agatha Christie

A. A. Milne: The Red House Mystery

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed. Droops on the little hands little gold head. Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares! Christopher Robin is saying his prayers. It would take some going to make up for that. I honestly … Continue reading

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Father Brown series 3 starts on Monday

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The third series of the BBC’s Father Brown begins next week in the UK. All ten episodes are on BBC One in the traditional early-afternoon slot: 2:15. The core cast, led by Mark Williams as Father Brown, remains unchanged. Only two of the episodes … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: Mrs McGinty’s Dead

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Mrs McGinty’s Dead Agatha Christie First published in the UK by William Collins & Sons, 1952 This edition: Published as part of  The Agatha Christie Crime Collection (with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and They Do It With Mirrors) 1969, Hamlyn Publishing … Continue reading

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‘Hattie is as dumb as a fish’, or, Appatha Christie

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Undaunted by my inability to actually view or play apps, because I stupidly bought what is basically a Betamax tablet, I’m going to continue to bring you news from the digital cutting edge of crime fiction (last time it was the … Continue reading

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‘They are among Christie’s very best work’: The BBC will be adapting Tommy and Tuppence in a new 6-part series

News reached Past Offences this morning that the BBC will be making a new generation of Agatha Christie adaptations, starting with a Tommy and Tuppence six-part series (Partners in Crime and N or M). The deliberately (I think) hammy David … Continue reading

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Books with silly names: December’s classic crime in the blogosphere

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I anticipated two themes for December’s round-up: Christmas crimes and Sherlock Holmes (December 2012 being the 125th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. I didn’t see much of either, and didn’t even manage to get … Continue reading

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Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair

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The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey First published in the UK 1948, Peter Davies This edition 1962, Penguin Books 254 pages Score 4/5 I got myself this lovely Penguin at Skoob Books, the (literally) underground bookstore at the Brunswick Centre in … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors

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The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers First published in the UK 1934, Victor Gollancz Ltd This edition 2003 Hodder and Stoughton ISBN: 9780450001000 374 pages Score 4/5 The Nine Tailors has a striking opening. On a snowy night in the East Anglian fens, Lord … Continue reading

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Colin Watson: Coffin Scarcely Used

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Coffin Scarcely Used Colin Watson First published in the UK 1958, Eyre This edition 2012, Faber Finds ISBN: 9780571252046 174 pages Score 4/5 The Faber Finds imprint first came to my attention when my friend @pressfuturist pointed out that I should enter … Continue reading

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Midsomer: not as murderous as you might think

Exciting news from the world of science via the Telegraph website. Proving that their parents’ contribution to university fees were not wasted, ‘Open University statisticians’ have worked out the comparative murder rates for two long-running hotbeds of homicide. Midsomer, home … Continue reading

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