Tag Archives: John Dickson Carr

‘Tasteless and immoral’: the #1954book results

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Every month on Past Offences we review the crime fiction of a particular year. This month regular player Kate from the excellent crossexaminingcrime chose 1954. New player Jason Half opened fishily with George Milner’s Shark Among Herrings, expressing my own feelings about … Continue reading

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‘Stop reading NOW’: The #1944book reviews

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A special mention this month for Les Blatt of Classic Mysteries, who admitted to being of 1944 vintage himself. His review of Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero, found it a suitable coeval (yes that’s a word). This really is one of Christie’s … Continue reading

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John Dickson Carr: The Devil in Velvet

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I had been long anticipating the moment when my reading of the CWA’s top 100 crime and mystery books eventually brought me to The Devil in Velvet. It’s going to take a lot to beat the oddity of this book’s … 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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John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins

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The Hollow Man aka The Three Coffins John Dickson Carr First published in the UK in 1935 by Hamish Hamilton This edition Orion Books, 2013 9781409146322 213 pages Source: Norwich Millennium Library John Dickson Carr is the acknowledged master of … Continue reading

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From ‘The shadowed streets of ancient Peking’ to the Mexican border #1936book

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Thanks to everyone who submitted a review for the April 2015 challenge to review a book or film from 1936. Lucy at The Art of Words chose 1936 and reviewed Thankyou Mr Moto by John P. Marquand, which introduces this month’s front-cover … Continue reading

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Ed. Michael Ashley: The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

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The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes Ed. Michael Ashley Published in 2000 by Robinson ISBN: 9781841191294 512 pages I have been reading this mammoth Mammoth book in between my other reading for a few weeks. The collection … Continue reading

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November’s crime fiction pick of the month

Only four books this month, a mix of ancient and modern… Bleed Like Me (which I’m reviewing for Eurocrime) is another slice of Scott & Bailey novelisation from Cath Staincliffe. As with the first title Dead to Me, it accurately … Continue reading

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John Dickson Carr: It Walks by Night

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It Walks by Night John Dickson Carr First published in the UK 1930 This edition Penguin Books, 1966 192 pages Source: City Bookshop, Norwich ‘You have overlooked a very solid substance which by every law of sanity should be right here … Continue reading

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Masters of the “Humdrum” – an interview with Curtis Evans

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Visitors familiar with my monthly classic crime round-ups will know that I frequently mention Curtis Evans at The Passing Tramp. Curt has a great blog, but his thoughts on Golden Age mystery fiction are also available in print: his Masters of … Continue reading

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