Category Archives: Information Received

News of classic crime publications, authors and TV.

Coming soon: My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier fans (or Poldark fans) should be on the look out for the forthcoming adaptation of historical mystery-romance My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. The book, which concerns a Cornish nobleman falling for his beautiful … Continue reading

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What’s happened to Sid from Father Brown?

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To satisfy my visitors searching for news of Sid, Lady Felicia’s chauffeur from Father Brown, I used my best magic spells and located his current location: starring as the grown-up Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the … Continue reading

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Without a clue…

I’ve just absently deleted a perfectly valid comment about Sherlock on here, and I can’t see how to reinstate it. Blame my phone and clumsy fingers. Didn’t register who wrote it but no offence meant…

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A Study in Burgundy

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My close Hollywood sources* have told me that there is a new Holmes and Watson on the horizon for the increasing numbers of you implying that Sherlock has gone off the boil (I haven’t even caught up with the first … 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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‘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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Maigret’s Dead Man trailer

ITV has released the trailer for the second Maigret film starring Rowan Atkinson. I enjoyed the last one (see my review at The Killing Times), although the general reaction was one of ‘so what?’. Still, ITV are clearly confident, as … Continue reading

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The ‘salivating male audience’: The #1975book round-up

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Every month on Past Offences, we look at a particular year in crime fiction. For November I picked 1975. John at Noirish opened the month with a TV show (we don’t get enough TV shows on here) Too Many Suspects, starring … Continue reading

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