Tag Archives: 1980s

Simon Brett: What Bloody Man is That?

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What Bloody Man is That? Simon Brett First published in the UK 1987 This edition Dell Publishing, 1989 ISBN: 0440203449 232 pages Source: My Reader’s Block After I completed last year’s Vintage Mystery Challenge, Bev at My Reader’s Block was kind … Continue reading

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Sarah Caudwell: The Shortest Way to Hades

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The Shortest Way to Hades Sarah Caudwell First published in the UK 1984, Collins Crime Club This edition Robinson, 2012 ISBN: 9781780339269 243 pages Source: Norwich Millennium Library It is logically impossible, you see, for a lie to be perfectly consistent with … Continue reading

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Didier Daeninckx: Murder in Memoriam

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Murder in Memoriam Didier Daeninckx (trans. Liz Heron) Originally published in France (as Meurtres pour Mémoire) by Editions Gallimard, 1984 This edition Serpent’s Tail, 1991 ISBN; 9781852422066 176 pages Source: Ellis Books, Norwich market Murder in Memoriam opens in October … Continue reading

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Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye

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A Dark-Adapted Eye Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine First published in the UK 1986, Viking This edition Penguin, 1987 ISBN: 9780140086362 300 pages In these circumstances alone one knows when someone is going to die. Vera would die at eight o’clock … Continue reading

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Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent

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Presumed Innocent Scott Turow First published in the UK 1987, Bloomsbury This edition: Penguin 1988, 2011 ISBN: 9780141049212 423 pages Score 5/5 I’ve decided on a New Year’s Resolution: I am going to try to answer this question about every book … Continue reading

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Susan Moody: Penny Black

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Penny Black Susan Moody First published in the UK 1984, Macmillan ISBN: 0333365321 224 pages Score 3/5 Penny strode across the shiny expanse of vinyl at the airport near Monterey. Heads turned as she passed. Was she really naked under … Continue reading

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Ellis Peters: The Leper of Saint Giles

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The Leper of Saint Giles Ellis Peters First published in the UK 1981, Macmillan London Ltd This edition 2000, Warner Books ISBN: 0751511056 223 pages Score 4/5 Quite an ecclesiastical feel this month, with Ellis Peters and G. K. Chesterton turning up … Continue reading

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P. D. James: Devices and Desires

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Devices and Desires P. D. James First published in the UK 1989, Faber and Faber This edition 1974, Warner Books ISBN: 0446359750 466 pages Score 4/5 This is a souvenir of my recent trip to San Diego. I’d given up … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell: A Fatal Inversion

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Get A Fatal Inversion on DVD from Amazon.com (US visitors) A Fatal Inversion Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine First published in the UK 1987, Viking ISBN: 0670809772 317 pages Score 4/5 I bought this on a recent trip to … Continue reading

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The Key to Rebecca

The Key to Rebecca Ken Follett First published in the UK 1980, Hamish Hamilton Ltd This edition 1988, Pan Books ISBN: 0552118109 341 pages Score 2/5 This was another of Mrs Offence’s selections and is number 95 in the CWA Top 100. ‘The last … Continue reading

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