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J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests

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Every station has its special voice. Some are of grit. Some are of sand. Some are of milk cans. Some are of rock muffled by tunnel smoke. Whatever the voice is, it speaks to those who know it, sounding a … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: While She Sleeps

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Miss Loveapple woke with a smile. She had slept well; her digestion was good – her conscience clear; and she had not an enemy in the world. There was nothing to warn her that, within the next hour, she would … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: Wax

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A voice seemed to limp over the wire. It was faint and breathless, as though the person had been running. ‘Are – you – there?’ ‘Yes,’ she replied. ‘Who are you?’ ‘Are you Room Eight, Golden Lion?’ ‘Yes. Who are-‘ … Continue reading

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Miles Burton: The Secret of High Eldersham

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Cecil John Charles Street, who wrote as Miles Burton and John Rhode, published more than 120 mysteries in his lifetime. My last encounter with his work was A.S.F., a book notable as much for its massively elaborate drug-smuggling tactics as its excellently-named villain, and good … 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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Agatha Christie: Partners in Crime

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Partners in Crime Agatha Christie First published in the UK by Collins, 1929 This edition HarperCollins, 2010 ISBN: 9780007111503 Pages: 352 Source: ebook edition In preparation for the BBC’s new version of Partners in Crime (due to be aired this autumn), … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: The Clocks

The Clocks Agatha Christie First published in the UK 1963 by Collins This edition Fontana, 1966 ISBN: 9780006161738 250 pages Source: Mrs Offences At the end of May, I had the bright idea of proposing a theme for my monthly round-up of classic crime … Continue reading

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Nina Bawden: The Odd Flamingo

The Odd Flamingo Nina Bawden First published in the UK 1954, Collins This edition Bello, 2012 ISBN: 9781447235934 182 pages It was only through reading Nina Bawden’s obituaries last year that I realised a) she had also written for adults (this is … Continue reading

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The Colour of Murder

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The Colour of Murder Julian Symons First published in the UK 1957, Collins This edition 1959, Fontana Books ISBN: 0340014393 191 pages Score 4/5 The third of my wife’s birthday selections, and the last I’ll open for a while as … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie cut down for ELT students

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‘There’s a high awareness of Agatha Christie out there but a lot of non-English speakers would find the originals too difficult. The language is quite archaic, the plots are quite difficult, with loads of characters,’ said publisher Catherine Whitaker. ‘Her … Continue reading

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