1937 sign-up page

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Every month at Past Offences I host a round-up of book and film reviews relating to a particular year in crime fiction. For March I have chosen the year 1937, recently identified by JJ at the Invisible Event as the … Continue reading

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J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests

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Every station has its special voice. Some are of grit. Some are of sand. Some are of milk cans. Some are of rock muffled by tunnel smoke. Whatever the voice is, it speaks to those who know it, sounding a … Continue reading

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Eric Shepherd: More Murder in a Nunnery

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It is extraordinary how different the same thing may appear from an altered point of view. The body on the dump, which appeared to the Convent unmitigated misfortune, struck the police in quite a different way.

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Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake

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Derace Kingsley marched briskly behind about eight hundred dollars’ worth of executive desk and planted his backside in a tall leather chair. He reached himself a panatela out of a copper and mahogany box and trimmed it and lit it … Continue reading

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‘The admiration that existed for all things American’: 1959 books

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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. Regular player Bernadette of Reactions to Reading chose us 1959 for January. Here’s … Continue reading

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Robert Bloch: Psycho

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Mary nodded to herself, resisting the impulse to close her eyes, and then jerked erect, scanning the side of the road through the blur of rainswept darkness. That’s when she saw the sign, set beside the driveway which led to … Continue reading

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George Bellairs: Death of a Busybody

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The shapes of clustered cottages could just be discerned in the pitch darkness. The wind hissed in the leaves of the trees round the inn. A fox barked somewhere in the distance and was answered by the challenges of yard-dogs. … Continue reading

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1943 sign-up page

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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. In February I’ve picked 1943, when, as it turns out, you could already … Continue reading

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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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Eric Shepherd: Murder in a Nunnery

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‘When Inez first came to us she would have thought no more of stabbing than of washing her face. In fact she would have thought considerably less.’

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