The discussion of The Fashion in Shrouds (1938) was one of the most lively which has occurred on the AlbertCampion list. This is not surprising as it is a book which has provoked sharply divided reactions among mystery readers since its publication: from adulation to condemnation. Quite often those reactions are expressions of the critic’s own view as to what a mystery story should comprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Another batch of my writings from the AlbertCampion list this time on the subject of Dancers in Mourning (1937). Read the rest of this entry »

This is a summary of my observations on Flowers for The Judge (1936) made during a discussion on the AlbertCampion Yahoo list in March 2005. References are made to other list participant’s posts. Read the rest of this entry »

Ellen Moody’s blog has recently carried an entry on a book by Winston Graham entitled Poldark’s Cornwall (see http://ellenandjim.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/graham-winstons-poldarks-cornwall/). Read the rest of this entry »

Hakan Nesser – The Return (1995)

The Return is the second book in the Van Veeteren series which now comprises 10 books, although only five have been translated into English. Hakan Nesser has written a total of 20 books in Swedish and won the Best Swedish Crime novel award 3 times. Read the rest of this entry »

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), directed by Niels Arden Oplev, is, as most of the world knows, an adaptation of the first volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy which has so dominated bestseller lists over the past couple of years. The second (The Girl Who Played with Fire) and third (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) movies were shot back to back with the first albeit with a different director (Daniel Alfredson). The second movie is just about to be released in the UK.

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At a talk given at Erdington Library on 1st September Cath Staincliffe was asked a question about her reviewing work and how she feels about reviewing fellow-writers. Her reply confirmed a long-held suspicion of mine. Read the rest of this entry »

Cath Staincliffe gave a talk at the Erdington Crime Fiction Reading Group  (see left for link) on September 1st. The talk was, for the most part, a history of her writing career. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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