Tag Archives: 1950s

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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#1955book sign-up page

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  Every month on Past Offences, we profile a particular year in crime fiction. Steve and Sergio picked 1955 for this month’s focus. This was the year rock and roll began to go mainstream and an interesting cross-over between crime fiction and broader … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Missing Twins: #1958book

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Another great opening sentence to open this month’s Books of the Year, of the Month: The Mystery of the Missing Twins could never have been solved by an ordinary detective. Which 1958 mystery classic opens with this line? Answer at the … Continue reading

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Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s Vertigo

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Vertigo Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac First published in France as D’entre les morts, 1954 First published in the UK as The Living and the Dead, 1958 This edition: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, 1997 ISBN: 9780747531876 170 pages Source: M. & A. C. Thompson … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham’s Hide My Eyes

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Hide My Eyes Margery Allingham First published in the UK by Chatto and Windus, 1958 This edition: Penguin Books, 1961 224 pages Source: My own This month is 1958 month here at Past Offences. I’m hosting a collection of book … Continue reading

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Where’s Papa going with that ax? The #1952book challenge

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This month I’m opening with a quiz question: ‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ is the ominous first line of which book from 1952? Answer at the bottom. Thanks to everyone who took part in this month’s challenge. A bumper crop, … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing…

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Last Seen Wearing… Hillary Waugh First published in the US by Doubleday Crime Club, 1952 This edition: 1960, Pan Books 186 pages Source: Greenmetropolis Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an 18-year-old student at a fictional college in Bristol, Massachusetts, goes missing from her dorm. … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: Mrs McGinty’s Dead

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Mrs McGinty’s Dead Agatha Christie First published in the UK by William Collins & Sons, 1952 This edition: Published as part of  The Agatha Christie Crime Collection (with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and They Do It With Mirrors) 1969, Hamlyn Publishing … Continue reading

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#1952book sign-up

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After a bumper crop of 1939 crime in July, I asked for suggestions for August’s book of the year. Sergio stepped forward with 1952. Events of 1952 included Elizabeth II becoming Queen, a polio epidemic in the US, the last great … Continue reading

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‘A little ghostly bean.’ Margery Allingham’s The Tiger in the Smoke

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The Tiger in the Smoke Margery Allingham First published in the UK 1952, Chatto & Windus pages Source: Reviewer’s own ‘What is the soul? When I was a child I thought it was a little ghostly bean, kidney-shaped, I don’t know … Continue reading

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