Tag Archives: 1950s

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 Long Goodbye

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Crime isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour, except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack. We’re a big, rough, rich, wild people and crime … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: No Love Lost

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No Love Lost contains two non-series novellas by Past Offences favourite Margery Allingham. As the title suggests, the two stories are connected by the theme of love, although the damage caused by gossip in small communities is a strong secondary theme. … Continue reading

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Richard Goyne: The Missing Minx

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‘The only thing is for me to go over there, in a purely private capacity, as my celebrated self. Ex-Superintendent ‘Tubby’ Greene. I’m on a motorin’ tour of the Southern Marches, and, after reading about all the goings-on in Larne … Continue reading

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John Dickson Carr: The Devil in Velvet

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I had been long anticipating the moment when my reading of the CWA’s top 100 crime and mystery books eventually brought me to The Devil in Velvet. It’s going to take a lot to beat the oddity of this book’s … Continue reading

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Richard Condon: The Manchurian Candidate

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I was not at all expecting The Manchurian Candidate to be the book it is. It’s packaged, in this 2004 movie tie-in edition at least, as a slick-looking starring-Denzel-Washington-and-from-the-director-of-The-Silence-of-the-Lambs techno-thriller – ‘It’s not a nightmare if it’s really happening’. But what … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train

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We’ve covered Strangers on a Train previously on Past Offences. New-friend-of-the-blog Moira from Clothes in Books reviewed as a guest post back in 2012. I’d forgotten how we set it up: Rich had the idea that he should get someone … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: A Murder is Announced

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Once more a murder is announced—for the benefit and enjoyment of Miss Marple.

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‘She murdered minds as well as bodies.’ #1955book round-up

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Thanks very much to everyone who contributed to February’s challenge to read and review crime fiction from the year 1955. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone – this was a bumper crop or blog posts. 1955 seems to have been a varied … Continue reading

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Winston Graham: The Little Walls

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The Little Walls Winston Graham First published in the UK 1955 by Hodder and Stoughton This edition Bello ISBN: 9781447255260 248 pages Source: Publisher review copy Winston Graham, a prolific and much respected writer in his day, is probably best remembered for the Cornwall-set historical novels … Continue reading

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