Tag Archives: Patricia Highsmith

Best Offences: My favourite crime reads of 2016

Well, it’s been a pretty rubbish year, what with the whole geopolitical situation and fewer five-star reads than any year since my records began. Still, there were a few high points and I’dd unreservedly recommend the following titles… Francis Iles: Malice … Continue reading

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‘A mud fight at a village fair’: #1950book results

Every month on Past Offences we review crime books and films from a chosen year (it’s called Crimes of the Century), and in January we were looking at 1950. Bev led the pack with Hunt with the Hounds by Mignon G. Eberhart, … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train

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We’ve covered Strangers on a Train previously on Past Offences. New-friend-of-the-blog Moira from Clothes in Books reviewed as a guest post back in 2012. I’d forgotten how we set it up: Rich had the idea that he should get someone … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground

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Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith First published in the US by Random House, 1970 This edition, Penguin Books 1985 ISBN: 0140036024 264 pages Source: City Books, Norwich Murchison was not artistic. Or he wouldn’t be talking like this. Murchison didn’t … Continue reading

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‘She murdered minds as well as bodies.’ #1955book round-up

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Thanks very much to everyone who contributed to February’s challenge to read and review crime fiction from the year 1955. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone – this was a bumper crop or blog posts. 1955 seems to have been a varied … Continue reading

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Crime fiction pick of the month, August 2013

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Careful scrutiny of my patent CWA-o-meterTM will reveal that in August 2013 I finally reached the halfway point in my goal to read the CWA’s top 100 crime novels. I chose a solid classic to get me over the wire … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr Ripley

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The Talented Mr Ripley Patricia Highsmith First published in the US, 1955, Coward-McCann Inc First published in the 1956, UK, The Cresset Press This edition: 1999, Vintage ISBN: 9780099282877 249 pp Source: M. and A. C. Thompson Books, Wymondham The story opens … 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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Guest post: Strangers on a Train

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Strangers on a Train Patricia Highsmith First published in the US, Harper and Brothers, 1950 This edition Vintage Books ISBN:  0099283077 256 pages Reviewed by guest blogger, Clothes in Books. Rich had the idea that he should get someone else to … Continue reading

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