Category Archives: Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2011

THE HECKLER (1960) by Ed McBain

Today we reach another milestone in the 87th Precinct mysteries by Ed McBain, one that introduced one of its most nefarious characters. This is the twelfth of my reviews, all of which are listed here. This page will be updated … Continue reading

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MILDRED PIERCE (1941) by James M. Cain

In what I hope is not a sign of encroaching old age, I recently picked up my James M. Cain omnibus to refresh my memory of Mildred Pierce before sitting down to watch the new HBO mini-series adaptation starring Kate … Continue reading

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THE JUDGE AND HIS HANGMAN (1950) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Originally published in German in 1950 as ‘Der Richter und sein Henker’ by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, this was the first of two books featuring Kommissar Hans Bärlach of the Berne police (they have since been collected in an omnibus volume as … Continue reading

Posted in Colin Dexter, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Georges Simenon, Inspector Morse, Maigret, Police procedural, Switzerland, Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2011 | 8 Comments

WOMAN IN THE DARK (1933) by Dashiell Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) came to prominence in the 1920s with his short stories about the ‘Continental Op’, published in Black Mask magazine under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw. His longer works, including his five novels, initially began as … Continue reading

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GIVE THE BOYS A GREAT BIG HAND (1960) by Ed McBain

Today I continue my reviews of the 87th Precinct mysteries by Ed McBain, all of which are listed here. This page will be updated as I progress through the entire run, which originally was published between 1956 and 2005. Margaret … Continue reading

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DEATH ON THE AISLE (1942) by Frances and Richard Lockridge

This is the fourth book in the long-running series featuring married sleuths Mr and Mrs North, written by husband-and-wife authors Richard and Frances Lockridge. The Jerry and Pam North characters first appeared in book form in a collection of lightly … Continue reading

Posted in Dashiell Hammett, Mrs & Mrs Smith, Partners in Crime, Patrick Quentin, Richard and Frances Lockridge, The Thin Man, Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2011 | 6 Comments

‘TIL DEATH (1959) by Ed McBain

Today I continue my series of reviews of the 87th Precinct mysteries by Ed McBain (all of which are listed here). It is also the last covering those published before 1960, so it is eligible under the guidelines of Bev’s … Continue reading

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