Tag Archives: classic crime fiction

Israel Zangwill: The Big Bow Mystery

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The Big Bow Mystery Israel Zangwill First published in the UK, 1892 by Henry Source: Project Gutenburg The Big Bow Mystery is generally regarded as the first fully-fledged example of that staple of the mystery genre, the locked-room story. There are numerous … Continue reading

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Richard Harding Davis: In The Fog

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In The Fog Richard Harding Davis First published in the US, 1901, by R. H. Russell Illustrated by Thomas Mitchell Pierce and F. D. Steele Source: Project Gutenburg It is 1897. Four chaps are sitting around the dinner table at The … Continue reading

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Andrew Forrester: The Female Detective

The Female Detective Andrew Forrester First published in the UK 1864 This edition The British Library, 2012 ISBN: 9780712358781 316 pages After thoroughly enjoying the high-Victorian larks of Mrs Paschal the Lady Detective last month, I turned with some enthusiasm to the … Continue reading

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Ed McBain: Cop Hater

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Cop Hater Ed McBain First published in the US,  1956, Permabooks This edition Orion Books, 2003 ISBN: 9780752857916 188 pages The buildings were a stage-set. They faced the river, and they glowed with man-made brilliance, and you stared up at … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: April 2013

April began with Lovejoy, the ‘loveable’ rogue created by Jonathan Gash. I’ve reviewed his first title The Judas Pair previously. Lovejoy is a much rougher diamond than appeared on TV in the 80s and the books have a genuinely dark … Continue reading

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William Stephens Hayward: Revelations of a Lady Detective

Revelations of a Lady Detective William Stephens Hayward First published in the UK 1864 This edition The British Library Publishing Division, 2013 ISBN: 9780712358965 278 pages I mentioned the British Library’s services to classic crime fiction a few weeks back, and they … Continue reading

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News just in: Father Brown series 2

Auntie Beeb (does anybody still say that?) has confirmed that they will be shooting another ten episodes of Father Brown in May this year. Series one, which aired in January, gained an average audience of 2.1 million and a 23.5 … Continue reading

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