Tag Archives: Julian Symons

The ‘salivating male audience’: The #1975book round-up

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Every month on Past Offences, we look at a particular year in crime fiction. For November I picked 1975. John at Noirish opened the month with a TV show (we don’t get enough TV shows on here) Too Many Suspects, starring … Continue reading

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Julian Symons: A Three-Pipe Problem

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TV’S SHERLOCK ON TRAIL OF KARATE KILLER THERE’S METHOD IN THESE MURDERS, SAYS TV’S SHERLOCK HOLMES

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Julian Symons: The Players and the Game

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The Players and the Game Julian Symons First published in the UK by William Collins & Sons Company Ltd, 1972 This edition Penguin Books, 1984 ISBN: 0140038086 218 pages Source: City Bookshop, Norwich The Players and the Game is a … Continue reading

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Crime fiction pick of the month, September 2013

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Georges Simenon: The Iron Staircase/The Train contains two novellas. The first is the story of Etienne Lomel, a self-obsessed and lonely man who may or may not be being slowly poisoned by his wife. I found it a little annoying, to … 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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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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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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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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