Tag Archives: 1940s

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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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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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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Rex Stout: The Silent Speaker

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‘For God’s sake. As if this case wasn’t enough of a mess already. All it needed to make it a carnival was Nero Wolfe, and by God here he is.’

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Patricia Wentworth: Silence in Court

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She was so rigidly controlled as she came into the dock that she wasn’t Carey Silence any more, or a girl, or young, but just a will to walk straight and seemly, to hold a proud head high, to bar sight … Continue reading

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‘Boobs, booze, bigotry and bullets’: 1947 book

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Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. Regular contributor Santosh picked 1947, which proved to be something of a challenge for lots of us – it seems like … Continue reading

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1947 caption competition

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Just going to try this out in support of #1947book… Here’s a 1947 police picture, who can come up with the best caption? Like all the best competitions, this one has no prize apart from an ego boost 🙂  

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Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes

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‘Unless you are clever enough to “see before and after,” like the Deity, it’s best to stick the rules… Do the obvious right thing, Miss Pym, and let God dispose.’

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‘The shadow of war’: #1941book results

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The year is 1941, and the shadow of war encroaches on our nation from both sides. Paris has fallen, and in a few short months the Japanese will bomb Pearl Harbor. You wouldn’t know this, however, if you peeked into … Continue reading

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