Category Archives: History-mystery

Historical crime fiction

Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time

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Buy The Daughter of Time at (US visitors) 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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John Dickson Carr: The Devil in Velvet

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I had been long anticipating the moment when my reading of the CWA’s top 100 crime and mystery books eventually brought me to The Devil in Velvet. It’s going to take a lot to beat the oddity of this book’s … Continue reading

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H. R. F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah

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‘Good lad. Remember, we’re here to see that things are done in this country the right way. It isn’t easy. We wouldn’t have been put here if it was. So we’ve got to do our best, always. All right?’ H. … Continue reading

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Peter Lovesey: Wobble to Death

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Wobble to Death is a Victorian history-mystery – one of those crime novels which is probably memorable more for its context than its mystery, but none the worse for that.

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Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose

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The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco First published as Il nome della rosa by Bompiani, 1980 This edition Vintage Books, 2004 592 pages ISBN: 9780099466031 Source: Norwich Millennium Library Read for Crimes of the Century, #1980book. It is November 1327: the story unfolds … Continue reading

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Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Tinman

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Bertie and the Tinman Peter Lovesey First published in the UK by The Bodley Head, 1987 This edition, Sphere, 2013 ASIN: B00DRI0LTC 190 pages in print Source: Kindle edition I’m always chuffed when the chosen year for Crimes of the Century coincides with … Continue reading

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Robert van Gulik: Necklace and Calabash

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Necklace and Calabash Robert van Gulik First published in 1967 by Heinemann This edition University of Chicago Press, 1992 ISBN: 9780226848709 152 pages Judge Dee was a real historical figure who lived in China from 630 to 700AD, under the T’ang dynasty. He … Continue reading

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Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh

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Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh Russell Thorndike First published in the UK, 1915 by Nelson This edition, Kindle * * * * * Warning: This review contains an inherent spoiler.  * * * * * I’ve been meaning to … Continue reading

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Jamaica Inn dates

In case you missed the news, The BBC has announced that its new three-part drama Jamaica Inn, filmed largely in Kirkby Lonsdale near the Lake District, will begin on Monday April 21st at 9PM.  

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Cast news for Jamaica Inn

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News reaches me from the Guardian that Jessica Brown Findlay, who starred in something Mrs Offences watches (not the midwives: the butler one), has been cast as Mary Yellan in the BBC’s new Jamaica Inn. News of this also appeared … Continue reading

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