Tag Archives: Rex Stout

Rex Stout: The Silent Speaker

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‘For God’s sake. As if this case wasn’t enough of a mess already. All it needed to make it a carnival was Nero Wolfe, and by God here he is.’

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Scapegoats and boars’ heads: #1957book roundup

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Welcome everybody to this month’s Crimes of the Century, looking at 1957. Loads of movies this month! New player, B Noir Detour reviewed Crime of Passion, finding it of merely historical interest: 1957 is quite late in the classic noir cycle, … Continue reading

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‘The more I read of the Golden Age’ #1934book results

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Every month on Past Offences, as part of the Crimes of the Century strand, we review books and movies from a particular year. Appropriately for a month which saw the first (hopefully) Bodies from the Library conference, we have been … Continue reading

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Missed-eries

Kaggsy’s confession that she had never read Patricia Highsmith made me think about some of the classic crime writers that I still haven’t got around to. Here is a rundown of my top five to-be-read authors. Regency Ducked Georgette Heyer’s period … Continue reading

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Where’s Papa going with that ax? The #1952book challenge

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This month I’m opening with a quiz question: ‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ is the ominous first line of which book from 1952? Answer at the bottom. Thanks to everyone who took part in this month’s challenge. A bumper crop, … Continue reading

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Bodies for Fun with a Pencil: The #1939book crime round-up

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Last month I threw down the gauntlet and asked my contributors to pick a year as a theme for July. Moira from Clothes in Books stepped forward with 1939. It was a stonking (as Moira would say) year for crime: … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Warm Pulp: Classic crime fiction of 1963

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Last month I decided to see if it might be nice to adopt a year as the theme for this month’s round-up. Turns out 1963 (chosen at random by one of the Minor Offences) was quite an eventful year. In the … Continue reading

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