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‘Crass. Crude. Cringe-inducing’. And that was just the music. The #1976book round-up

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Every month at Past Offences we review all hell out of a chosen year, and September’s target was 1976, chosen by Santosh. Karen published a handy bibliography over at Eurocrime, with big titles including Agatha Christie’s final novel, the first (and … Continue reading

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‘It was like being at a children’s panto’ #1967book round-up

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Welcome to my monthly crime-fiction-of-a-year round-up. Sorry it’s late, contributors… For March’s challenge, Bernadette of Reactions to Reading chose 1967, picking up an early effort from the great Ruth Rendell’s A New Lease of Death, but regretting it massively: There is no mystery to speak … Continue reading

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For sale: Ruth Rendell’s house

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I noticed in yesterday’s Evening Standard, today, that Ruth Rendell’s house, the Old Forge in Groton, Suffolk, is up for grabs. The asking price is £720,000, so it’s a relatively modest abode for a best-selling peer. You should see Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Crime fiction pick of the month: June 2013

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I skipped the Pick of the Month in May (for what it’s worth, I’d have gone with Cop Hater), but here I am, back with a bang for June. It’s quite a tough, apples-and-oranges-style choice this month, as none of … 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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Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone

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A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell First published in the UK 1977, Hutchinson This edition 1994, Arrow ISBN: 9780099171409 224 pages Score 5/5 The Coverdales are a wealthy family living in Lowfield Hall, a country house in Suffolk. George is MD of … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell: A Fatal Inversion

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Get A Fatal Inversion on DVD from Amazon.com (US visitors) A Fatal Inversion Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine First published in the UK 1987, Viking ISBN: 0670809772 317 pages Score 4/5 I bought this on a recent trip to … Continue reading

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Pick of the month: June 2012

June was a very active reading month for me. I enjoyed two new paperback releases for Euro Crime, finished my last birthday gift, and managed some intensive reading on planes to and from San Diego. But yes, I am a … Continue reading

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Rise of the serial killer – with a graph!

The recent-ish discussion about gory autopsy scenes at Mrs Peabody Investigates got me thinking about other current trends in crime writing. The early history of the autopsy scene seemed to be clear (see Rhian’s comments, mainly). But what about serial … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell: A Demon in my View

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A Demon in my View Ruth Rendell First published in the UK 1976, Macmillan This edition 2004, Arrow Books ISBN: 9780099148609 214 pages Score 3/5 I came to A Demon in my View after reading two American psychological thrillers, A … Continue reading

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