Tag Archives: Penguin

Bonfiglioli, Kyril: Don’t Point That Thing at Me

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Charlie Mortdecai is an aristocratic art dealer with one foot (more likely both feet) firmly in the shadier side of the business. He lives in his London penthouse with his thug Jock, who handles all the rough stuff. I often … Continue reading

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Maigret, monthly

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Penguin has announced it will be publishing one Georges Simenon novel per month for 75 months in £6.99 trade paperbacks (probably as quickly as he wrote them), beginning with Pietr the Latvian (Pietr-le-Letton, 1930) on 7th November. There is an interesting … Continue reading

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Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye

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A Dark-Adapted Eye Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine First published in the UK 1986, Viking This edition Penguin, 1987 ISBN: 9780140086362 300 pages In these circumstances alone one knows when someone is going to die. Vera would die at eight o’clock … Continue reading

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Charles Williams: Many Dimensions

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Many Dimensions Charles Williams First published in the UK 1931 This edition 1952, Penguin Books 254 pages Score 2/5 Despite my (possibly unfounded) belief that they’re going to turn to dust, I still like to p-p-p-pick up a green Penguin … Continue reading

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The Night of Wenceslas

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The Night of Wenceslas Lionel Davidson First published in the UK 1960, Gollancz This edition 1968, Penguin ISBN: N/A 227 pages Score 3/5 I found this recently in the bargain box outside Turret House, the second-hand bookshop/B&B/antique scientific instrument emporium … Continue reading

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The Poisoned Chocolates Case

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The Poisoned Chocolates Case Anthony Berkeley First published in the UK 1929 This edition 1986,  Penguin Books ISBN: 0140081615 254 pages Score 3/5 This was the another of Mrs Offence’s selections. Only two more to go. The irascible Sir Eustace Pennefather is … Continue reading

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Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop

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The Moving Toyshop Edmund Crispin First published in the UK 1946, Gollancz This edition 1956, Penguin ISBN: N/A 207 pages Score 3/5 This is a nicely lived-in 1958 Penguin edition with a frankly hilarious author photo on the back. The front … Continue reading

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Sherlock books

Browsing in Waterstone(‘)s today I noticed that BBC Books is cashing in on the popularity of a certain great detective by publishing a range of Sherlock-branded Conan Doyle books, adorned with Cumberbatch and Freeman on the cover. They’ve got ‘extras’ by … Continue reading

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