Category Archives: Suspense

Suspense fiction

P. D. James: Innocent Blood

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New year, new commitment to finishing my CWA top 100 challenge, and so on to the final P. D. James title on the list, Innocent Blood. I’ve been pretty frank in my opinions about P. D. James in previous reviews … Continue reading

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Philip Youngman Carter: Tales on the Off-Beat

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‘Pip’ Youngman Carter was the husband of Past Offences favourite Margery Allingham. He was a creative talent in his own right: book designer, journalist, and author (for more on PYC, see Barry Pike’s excellent essay at the Margery Allingham Society website). … Continue reading

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Lionel Davidson: The Sun Chemist

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Lionel Davidson surely deserves a bit of a renaissance. With two titles in the CWA’s 1990 list of the top 100 crime and thriller novels, he ranks alongside John Le Carré, and outranks Ian Fleming; The Sun Chemist is at number 88 in the CWA chart. Davidson won the CWA’s Gold Dagger three times and also won the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 2001. Continue reading

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Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (Second Period)

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A Word With You On Your Cap-Ribbons Continue reading

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Partners in Crime – The Secret Adversary episode 1

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According to Mediatel, 6.5 million people watched the first episode of Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime last night, making it the number one show in the UK. The first episode was a fairly loose adaptation of The Secret Adversary, Agatha … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders

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The ABC Murders Agatha Christie First published in the UK by William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1936 This edition, Pan Books, 1958 ISBN: 0330256521 192 pages Source: City Bookshop, Norwich The ABC Murders opens with Captain Hastings coming back to England from his ranch … Continue reading

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Freeman Wills Crofts: Antidote to Venom

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Antidote to Venom Freeman Wills Crofts First published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton, 1938 This edition, The British Library Publishing Division (2 April 2015) ISBN: 9780712357791 288 pages Source: Publisher review copy – thanks! I haven’t had much luck with … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: SS-GB

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SS-GB Len Deighton First published in the UK 1978 by Jonathan Cape 350 pages This edition BCA Source: The Dormouse Bookshop, Norwich SS-GB opens in a counter-factual version of November 1941. The German Army has occupied Great Britain, the King is imprisoned in the … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: Some Must Watch

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Some Must Watch Ethel Lina White First published in the UK 1933 by Ward, Lock and Co. 256 pages in print This edition Business and Leadership Publishing Helen Capel is 19 years old, ‘a small erect figure’ in a shabby tweed coat and a … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground

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Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith First published in the US by Random House, 1970 This edition, Penguin Books 1985 ISBN: 0140036024 264 pages Source: City Books, Norwich Murchison was not artistic. Or he wouldn’t be talking like this. Murchison didn’t … Continue reading

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