Tag Archives: US

Tony Hillerman: A Thief of Time

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He knew Leaphorn’s wife had died. He’d heard the man was having trouble coping with that. He’s heard – everybody in the Navajo Tribal Police had heard – that Leaphorn had quit the force. Retired. So what was he doing … Continue reading

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C. Gordon: Solv-a-Crime

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I’m quite partial to the quirkier end of crime publishing, so I was delighted to pick up Solv-a-Crime in subterranean bookshop Skoob Books last week.

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Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon

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The tappity-tap-tap and the thin bell and muffled whir of Effie Perine’s typewriting came through the closed door. Somewhere in a neighboring office a power-driven machine vibrated dully. On Spade’s desk a limp cigarette smoldered in a brass tray filled … 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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Louis Joseph Vance: The Bandbox

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I thought I’d have a go at the 1924 celebration at Stuck in a Book and Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, so I did a hasty breakfast-time search on Project Gutenberg and downloaded The Bandbox for my week’s commuting. By the time I noticed … Continue reading

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Avery Hopwood: The Bat

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Late last year I read Mary Robert Rinehart’s ‘had I but known’ classic The Circular Staircase. I really took to the narrator, Miss Rachel Innes, who in her old age is ready for adventure. It’s… the story of how a middle-aged spinster … 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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Raymond Chandler: Farewell, My Lovely

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Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler First published in the US,  Alfred A. Knopf, 1945 This edition, Penguin, 2010 ISBN: 9780241954355 320 pages Farewell opens in style. Wisecracking PI Philip Marlowe is dragged into a situation that gets out of control very … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe Originally published 1841-44 This edition, 2002, Orion Crime Masterworks ISBN: 9780752847702 176 pages This was the first of my Christmas presents from Mrs Offences, (when asked what I wanted, my daughter apparently said ‘smelly old … Continue reading

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Hillary Waugh’s Prisoner’s Plea

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Prisoner’s Plea Hillary Waugh First published in the US, 1963, Doubleday Crime Club This edition: Pan Books, 1966 204 pages Source: The Children’s Society charity shop, Wymondham Dear Chief Fellows: My name is Ernest Sellers and I am in Death … Continue reading

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