Tag Archives: Golden Age

1937 sign-up page

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Every month at Past Offences I host a round-up of book and film reviews relating to a particular year in crime fiction. For March I have chosen the year 1937, recently identified by JJ at the Invisible Event as the … Continue reading

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Edwards, Martin: The Golden Age of Murder

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Just a quick note that my review of Martin Edwards’ The Golden Age of Murder has just appeared at Eurocrime. A very timely book, given the seemingly massive resurgence of interest in classic crime fiction, and a great Christmas gift … Continue reading

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Just the Facts: Julian Symons’ Bloody Murder

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Bloody Murder – From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History Julian Symons First published in the UK Faber and Faber Ltd, 1972 This edition 1975, Penguin ISBN: 0140037942 270 pages I continue my occasional series on non-fiction books … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison

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Strong Poison Dorothy L. Sayers First published in the UK 1930, Victor Gollancz Ltd This edition 2003, New English Library ISBN: 9780450013928 304 pages Score 5/5 ‘There were crimson roses on the bench; they looked like splashes of blood.’ ‘The judge … Continue reading

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Murder Must Advertise: The Mustard Club

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I mentioned at the end of my recent Dorothy L. Sayers review that she drew on her own experiences as a copywriter to write Murder Must Advertise, and that she even cheekily mentioned one of her own campaigns: The Mustard … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise

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Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers First published in the UK 1933, Gollancz This edition 1953, Gollancz ISBN: N/A Score 4/5 I bought this unassuming edition for £2 from the excellent Dormouse Bookshop on Elm Hill, Norwich – where there … Continue reading

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Crooked House movie

News arrived in my Twitter feed today that a movie version of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House has been backed by Sony. It looks like the project will be directed by Neil LaBute, who has been responsible for some of the … Continue reading

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Freeling, Crispin, Allingham and others bought up by PFD

The literary agency PFD has bought rights to many classic crime authors from Chorion. A spokesperson said: “These are focused high-profile estates that might have a brand that is more recognisable to purchasers. Our strategy is to focus on international … Continue reading

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Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased

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Smallbone Deceased Michael Gilbert First published in the UK 1950, Hodder and Stoughton This edition Chivers Press (Black Dagger Crime), 2001 ISBN: 0 7540 8600 3 192 pages Score 4/5 Mystery Scene magazine recently profiled Michael Gilbert, saying, ‘Gilbert seems … 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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