Category Archives: Non-fiction

A Life of Josephine Tey – an interview with biographer Jennifer Morag Henderson

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Beth MacKintosh – ‘Josephine Tey’ to mystery fans – was born in Inverness in 1896 and died in 1952. The Daughter of Time, her fictionalised enquiry into the life of Richard III, was voted best crime novel by the Crime Writers’ Association … Continue reading

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Just the Facts: Jonathan Wild

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History can scarcely furnish an instance of such complicated villainy as was shown in the character of Jonathan Wild. I promised in one of my ‘Just the Facts’ posts last year that I would return to the blood-soaked pages of … Continue reading

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Just the facts: The Newgate Calendar

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The Ordinary of Newgate was the clergyman responsible for taking the final confessions of condemned criminals at Newgate prison on London. Prisoners were held at Newgate before being publicly hanged at Tyburn (at the site of what is now Marble … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: September 2012

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This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise. I’m one of that unhappy minority of readers who actually read less while they’re on holiday. If commuting is good for anything it’s book consumption. Anyway, in September I read: Andrew … Continue reading

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Just the facts: Detective Fiction, The Collector’s Guide

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This is a continuation of my occasional series on books about crime fiction. Last time I covered Murder in Print by Melvyn Barnes. This time I’m looking at Detective Fiction The Collector’s Guide, a book which dates to a period … Continue reading

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