Tag Archives: Clothes in Books

‘You waited for anything and everything these days’: #1945book reviews

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Every month on Past Offences we play Crimes of the Century, in which a rag-tag band of bloggers choose mystery books or films from a particular year. In April we were reading 1945 – the War didn’t seem to slow … Continue reading

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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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‘You’re a big man, but you’re in bad shape.’ #1971book

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If my Mr U. N. Owen-style pre-recorded message goes to plan, this message should be going out at exactly 00.01 UK time. Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 is good to you. I’m kicking off this year with a … Continue reading

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‘I ‘ave ‘alf a mind to ‘ave ye keelhauled, ye blithering ape!’ #1946book

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  Welcome to the round-up page for this month’s crime-fiction-of-the-year challenge. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and as usual I apologise in advance if I’ve missed your entry. I’m bound to have missed somebody. Last month John at Pretty Sinister Books brought … Continue reading

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‘I will see you and kill you to-morrow at daybreak’ #1932book

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Happy Hallowe’en, blog-readers! Les at Classic Mysteries chose 1932 as our focus-year for October, and once again I was inundated with entries. Thanks everybody. (And a special mention for everyone I’ve missed. You’re the best ones.) No children’s classic with … 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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Happiness is a Warm Pulp: Classic crime fiction of 1963

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Last month I decided to see if it might be nice to adopt a year as the theme for this month’s round-up. Turns out 1963 (chosen at random by one of the Minor Offences) was quite an eventful year. In the … Continue reading

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Women’s Mystery Month? Classic crime in the blogosphere: March 2014

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So last March it was apparently Women’s Mystery Month, so I assume it is this year as well? Either way, I’ve picked out some femmes fatales from the month’s blogging, starting with some rarities. The Australian Crime Writers’ Association celebrated a … Continue reading

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Love and bullets – Classic crime in the blogosphere: February 2014

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February -a short month, and relatively short on classic crime book reviews – finds itself distinguished by St Valentine’s Day about halfway through. So (it’s like shooting fish in a barrel) I’ve gone with the theme of love and marriage … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere: November 2013

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Plenty to choose from this month – see the stonking great list of links below – but I’ve chosen to highlight just a few: a mix of good and bad reviews, a bookish find, and a dash of toxicology at … Continue reading

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