Tag Archives: John Buchan

‘I’ve been severely touched’ #1915book results

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Every month on Past Offences, we focus on the crime fiction of a particular year. To celebrate the new year this January, I went back 100 years to 1915, honestly expecting rather a thin crop of reviews. To my surprise – and probably … Continue reading

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Classic crime in the blogosphere: May 2013

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Another busy month for classic crime on the web – this time I’ve opted for a mix of ‘repeat offenders’ and ‘unusual suspects’. First up, Mark Frauenfelder at boingboing looked at Donald E. Westlake’s The Hunter (1962) and concluded: Parker fits … 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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Classic crime news from the London Book Fair

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I was at the London Book Fair for three long days this week. On my way around I grabbed a few catalogues and kept my eyes open for titles of interest to classic crime fans. I’ve already mentioned the British Library’s new … Continue reading

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John Buchan: Greenmantle

Greenmantle John Buchan First published in the UK 1916, Hodder & Stoughton This edition: Wordsworth Editions, 1994 ISBN: 1853262048 240 pages There is a dry wind blowing through the East, and the parched grasses wait the spark. Greenmantle opens 18 months … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: March 2013

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Last month I judged the reading public ready for my CWA top 100 reading dashboard. I may have been wrong, but I’m sticking with it. You’ll notice 3% growth month-on-month, a result of focusing on completing a few more titles on … Continue reading

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John Buchan: The Runagates Club

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The Runagates Club John Buchan First published in the UK 1928, Hodder and Stoughton It was the sad occasion of my 40th birthday last week, and to celebrate my impending senility Mrs Offences took me off on a surprise visit … Continue reading

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John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps

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The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan First published in the UK 1915, Hodder & Stoughton This edition: 2011, Polygon ISBN: 9781846971983 112 pages I think John Buchan has a similar problem to Enid Blyton: It is difficult to read them without … Continue reading

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Unusual suspects: Classic crime in the blogosphere for January and February 2013

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OK, OK, I missed last month’s classic crime update. (What do you mean, you didn’t notice?) Anyway, I’m going to make up for it by covering two months with one post. This time, I decided to venture off the beaten … Continue reading

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