Cameron McCabe: The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor

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Now listen: you must cut out that Estella girl, every scene with her, I can’t have her, the picture’s too long. You must cut it down to seven thousand feet. I’ll send Robertson to help, and between the two of … Continue reading

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1977 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 April I’ve plumped for 1977. All you have to do is read a book, watch a film, read … Continue reading

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Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time

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Buy The Daughter of Time at Amazon.com (US visitors) Everything in that history had been hearsay. And if there was one word that a policeman loathed more than another it was hearsay. Especially when applied to evidence.

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Elisabeth Sanxay Holding: Miasma

‘Doctor Dennison, if I were you, I wouldn’t stay here,’ she said. Because he was so simple and direct himself, he was not inclined to impute subtle motives to other people. He saw in her grey eyes only an honest … Continue reading

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Elisabeth Sanxay Holding: Lady Killer

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It was the first time she had encountered the full force of the world’s laissez-faire. People, by and large, weren’t cruel, weren’t heartless; it was simply that they couldn’t believe anything would happen. A shot in the night was a … Continue reading

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And Zen There Were None

(Well, if H. R. F. Keating can get away with Zen There Was Murder…) News just in from the Agatha Christie Newsletter of another new adaptation of Christie’s classic – this time from Japan. The adaptation is set in the … Continue reading

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“Was she getting sunbonnets on the brain?” #1943book roundup

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Thanks to everyone who submitted a review for the February 2017 Crimes of the Century challenge to review a book or film from 1943. Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery celebrated five years of blogging this month, and celebrated by sharing … Continue reading

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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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