Tag Archives: Crimes of the Century

Review: THE RED THUMB MARK by R. Austin Freeman

One good thing about Crimes of the Century travelling as far back as 1907 this month is that quite a few books are out of copyright and easily available for free. As it was the first of his many novels to … Continue reading

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Review: THE CHIMNEY MURDER by E.M. Channon

I was recently alerted to the existence of Greyladies Press which gloriously claims to publish ‘well-mannered books by ladies long gone’. I was powerless to resist and immediately purchased two books and then coerced gently persuaded the host of the Crimes … Continue reading

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Review: AN AIR THAT KILLS by Margaret Millar

Ron Galloway is a wealthy Canadian businessman who plans a weekend getaway at his lodge with friends but never arrives. The friends – Ralph, Harry, Joe and Bill – eventually raise the alarm about Ron’s absence but it is some … Continue reading

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#1947Book I, THE JURY by Mickey Spillane

Mike Hammer is a private investigator. His best friend Jack – the man who took a bullet and lost an arm for him during the war – has been killed. Mike vows – in front of a Homicide Captain no … Continue reading

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#1933 Book: MURDER MUST ADVERTISE by Dorothy L. Sayers

I’ve been participating fairly regularly in the Past Offences Crimes of the Century challenge for over a year now and even though I haven’t enjoyed all the classic crime novels the challenge has prompted me to read I’ve liked enough … Continue reading

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Review: SMALLBONE DECEASED by Michael Gilbert

Somehow I had managed to never hear of Michael Gilbert until I downloaded copies of both the Mystery Writers of America and UK Crime Writers Association top 100 crime novels lists last year. SMALLBONE DECEASED is on both lists and … Continue reading

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#1976book SOMETHING NASTY IN THE WOODSHED by Kyril Bonfiglioli

I embarked eagerly on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s SOMETHING NASTY IN THE WOODSHED for this month’s Classics Challenge as it was published in 1976 (mandatory) and was purportedly funny (highly desirable for me just now). The first few pages suggested the book … Continue reading

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#1949 Book – Agatha Christie’s CROOKED HOUSE

It is easy, these days, to think of the classic country house mystery as passé. Trite.  Derivative. But there was a time when this style of story was as fresh and popular as tales of domestic noir are today and … Continue reading

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#1967Book – Ruth Rendell’s A NEW LEASE OF DEATH

I rather glibly suggested 1967 for this month’s Past Offences classics challenge because it is the year of my birth. The disconcerting aspect of having books written the year I was born considered classics didn’t hit me until later. Eh … Continue reading

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#1955Book – Alan Hunter’s GENTLY DOES IT

I don’t think I’d ever heard of George Gently until the modern television series starring Martin Shaw in the title role started airing here and though I have warmed to the shows a little they didn’t make me want to … Continue reading

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