Category Archives: Golden Age detection

Fair-play detective fiction from the 20s and 30s

My best of the hundred best crime and mystery stories

(aka Blogger tries clickbait headlines) Earlier in the week I announced that I’d completed reviewing all 106 in the CWA’s list of the 100 best crime and mystery books, and promised to let you know which books I thought genuinely … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

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If this had been an old house, with creaking wood, and dark shadows, and heavily panelled walls, there might have been an eerie feeling. But this house was the essence of modernity. There were no dark corners – no possible sliding panels – … Continue reading

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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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Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time

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Everything in that history had been hearsay. And if there was one word that a policeman loathed more than another it was hearsay. Especially when applied to evidence.

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And Zen There Were None

(Well, if H. R. F. Keating can get away with Zen There Was Murder…) News just in from the Agatha Christie Newsletter of another new adaptation of Christie’s classic – this time from Japan. The adaptation is set in the … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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Eric Shepherd: Murder in a Nunnery

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‘When Inez first came to us she would have thought no more of stabbing than of washing her face. In fact she would have thought considerably less.’

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‘I like young men. I like their company.’ The Witness for the Prosecution

After yesterday’s trailer for Maigret, here’s another Christmas televisual treat – the BBC’s The Witness for the Prosecution, clearly going for ‘brooding and dark’. Nice touch with the cat…

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