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The Spring 2010 issue of The Bottle Street Gazette (the journal of the Margery Allingham Society) features, among many other good things, the text of an address to the Society by the mystery writer Janet Laurence. Laurence talks in some detail of the very great Traitor’s Purse (1941) and summarises with admirable precision the masterstroke of series development which Allingham engineered in this book. Read the rest of this entry »

I can think of few more absurd and futile tasks than trying to summarise my reactions to three of Ellroy’s masterpieces which I finished reading some months ago. I am doing so for the sake of the completeness of my records, and in order that I shall have something to return to when I manage to either re-read the books or write more about them. That anyway is my excuse for the following! Read the rest of this entry »

The most ambitious programme I embarked upon in the past few months was a chronological reading of the work of John Dickson Carr. Unfortunately this did not get very far because I fairly soon became tired of his books for reasons which I will explain below. Read the rest of this entry »

Colin Watson – Broomsticks Over Flaxborough (1972)

This eighth entry in the Flaxborough series opens with a number of the town’s more distinguished residents, mainly female, engaged upon a kind of pagan rite. There are strange doings afoot in Flaxborough. Well there nearly always are. As usual it falls to Inspector Purbright to clear matters up, aided and abetted by Sergeant Love and the wonderful Miss Lucilla Teatime. Read the rest of this entry »

Joanna Cannan – They Rang Up The Police (1939)

Joanna Cannan – Death At The Dog (1940)

Joanna Cannan – Murder Included (aka A Taste of Murder aka Poisonous Relations (1950) Read the rest of this entry »

Raymond Postgate – Verdict of Twelve (1940)

Raymond Postgate – Somebody at the Door (1943)

Raymond Postgate (1896-1971) is a fascinating figure (see ) : a writer whose subjects were wide and various – from The Bolshevik Theory to The Home Wine Cellar (see ). Read the rest of this entry »

This and the next few entries all continue my attempt to catch-up with books which I read during my hiatus. As such I have strayed away from my usual practice and made a few ‘author’ entries.

Simon Brett – The Body on The Beach (2000)

Simon Brett – Death on The Downs (2001) Read the rest of this entry »

Cath Staincliffe – Bitter Blue (2003)    

Bitter Blue is the 6th book in the Sal Kilkenny series. Kilkenny is a Manchester-based Private Investigator, and the books are noteworthy for attempting a realistic, indeed possibly naturalistic, portrait of the life of a private detective. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday AM

Conference Lecture

Simon Brett – The Conman in Crime

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Saturday PM

Session 3

Ann Cleeves :  True North – The Mask and Northern Crime

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August 2010