Category Archives: Police procedural

Crime in the tradition of Ed McBain

Alan Melville: Quick Curtain

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Quick Curtain Alan Melville First published in the UK 1934 by Skeffington 288 pages This edition The British Library Publishing Division, 2015 ISBN: 9780712357890 Source: Publisher review copy A bonus 1934 book for this month’s Crimes of the Century, Quick Curtain will be … Continue reading

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Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery

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The Grell Mystery Frank Froest First published in the UK 1913 by Eveleigh Nash 324 pages in print This edition Project Gutenberg Frank Froest was Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Metropolitan Police from 1906 to his retirement in 1912 … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing…

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Last Seen Wearing… Hillary Waugh First published in the US by Doubleday Crime Club, 1952 This edition: 1960, Pan Books 186 pages Source: Greenmetropolis Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an 18-year-old student at a fictional college in Bristol, Massachusetts, goes missing from her dorm. … Continue reading

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Ed McBain: Cop Hater

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Cop Hater Ed McBain First published in the US,  1956, Permabooks This edition Orion Books, 2003 ISBN: 9780752857916 188 pages The buildings were a stage-set. They faced the river, and they glowed with man-made brilliance, and you stared up at … 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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Sjöwall and Wahlöö: The Fire Engine that Disappeared

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The Fire Engine that Disappeared Sjöwall and Wahlöö, translated by Joan Tate First published in Sweden, 1969, P. A. Norstedt & Söners Forlag This edition Fourth Estate (HarperCollinsPublishers) 2011 ISBN: 9780007439157 258 pages Score 5/5 This is the fifth in … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Day

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Gideon’s Day J. J. Marric First published in the UK 1955, Hodder & Stoughton This edition 1958, Pan Books ISBN: N/A 188 pages Score 5/5 This was the last of Mrs Offence’s selections. I opened the Woman in White earlier … Continue reading

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Sadie When She Died

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Sadie When She Died Ed McBain First published in the UK 1972, Hamish Hamilton Ltd This edition 1974, Pan Books ISBN: 0330240129 160 pages Score 4/5 This was the first of Mrs Offence’s selections. Last Monday afternoon, when he could … Continue reading

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Colin Dexter: The Dead of Jericho

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The Dead of Jericho Colin Dexter First published in the UK 1981, Macmillan This edition 1982, Pan Books ISBN: 9780330266932 302 pages Score: 3/5 Looking at my blog usage statistics, this page gets  a lot of hits and I’m curious … Continue reading

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