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Reginald Hill: Under World

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But down here survival was too far beneath hope to make a motive, and the darkness was fetid with doubt and accusation. Time for the bottom line, as the Yanks put it. Place for a bottom line too. And the … Continue reading

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Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff

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This the second of the Sergeant Cluff novels of Gil North to be resurrected by the British Library this year – the first being Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm. Cluff is a detective in the Dales town of Gunnarshaw (apparently based … Continue reading

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Richard Goyne: The Missing Minx

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‘The only thing is for me to go over there, in a purely private capacity, as my celebrated self. Ex-Superintendent ‘Tubby’ Greene. I’m on a motorin’ tour of the Southern Marches, and, after reading about all the goings-on in Larne … Continue reading

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Patricia Wentworth: Silence in Court

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She was so rigidly controlled as she came into the dock that she wasn’t Carey Silence any more, or a girl, or young, but just a will to walk straight and seemly, to hold a proud head high, to bar sight … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: Coroner’s Pidgin

‘I’m catching my train in fifty minutes and a thousand corpses all in coronets won’t stop me. You – er – you only have the one at the moment, I take it?’ ‘Yus, only the one,’ Lugg agreed absently, adding … Continue reading

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Gerald Kersh: Prelude to a Certain Midnight

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She wanted to do something to somebody. She felt a need for a hushed Old Bailey, a Black Cap, a Sentence, a rope snapping taut and a gratified crowd outside grey walls half-cheering while a man in uniform pasted up … Continue reading

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H. R. F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah

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‘Good lad. Remember, we’re here to see that things are done in this country the right way. It isn’t easy. We wouldn’t have been put here if it was. So we’ve got to do our best, always. All right?’ H. … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: The Allingham Case-book

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So I was all set to submit this for the #1947book challenge, when I noticed that rather than Mr Campion’s Casebook (1947), I had been reading The Allingham Case-book (1969). Still, that’s no bad thing if you like her short stories. … Continue reading

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Josephine Tey: Miss Pym Disposes

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‘Unless you are clever enough to “see before and after,” like the Deity, it’s best to stick the rules… Do the obvious right thing, Miss Pym, and let God dispose.’

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Margery Allingham: Sweet Danger

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That was the beauty of Campion; one never knew where he was going to turn up next – at the Third Levée or swinging from a chandelier.

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