Tag Archives: 1930s

Francis Iles: Malice Aforethought

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Dr Bickleigh, an unassuming little chap with a distinct inferiority complex, lives in the exclusive hamlet of Wyvern’s Cross with his domineering wife Julia. Julia is one of the Devonshire Crewstantons; Bickleigh the son of a shopkeeper. She rules Bickleigh … Continue reading

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Christopher St John Sprigg: Death of an Airman

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Another lovely rediscovery from the British Library, graced with a nice vintage-feel cover by Chris Andrews. The Australian Bishop of Cootamundra turns up to start a course of flying lessons at Baston Aero Club, only to witness a tragic accident … 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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John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins

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The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins John Dickson Carr First published in the UK in 1935 by Hamish Hamilton This edition Orion Books, 2013 9781409146322 213 pages Source: Norwich Millennium Library John Dickson Carr is the acknowledged master of … Continue reading

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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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Agatha Christie: Parker Pyne Investigates

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Parker Pyne Investigates Agatha Christie First published in the UK 1934 by Collins Mystery This edition Collins, 1980 ISBN: 0002316749 248 pages in print Source: Cambridgeshire Public Libraries withdrawn stock Parker Pyne is one of Mrs Offences favourites, and is my … Continue reading

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Ianthe Jerrold: Dead Man’s Quarry

Dead Man’s Quarry Ianthe Jerrold First published in the UK 1930 by Chapman and Hall This edition: Dean Street Press, 2015 ISBN: 9781910570456 326 pages Source: Review copy – thanks The county of Radnorshire was glorious after six months in London, 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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From ‘The shadowed streets of ancient Peking’ to the Mexican border #1936book

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Thanks to everyone who submitted a review for the April 2015 challenge to review a book or film from 1936. Lucy at The Art of Words chose 1936 and reviewed Thankyou Mr Moto by John P. Marquand, which introduces this month’s front-cover … Continue reading

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