THE GARDEN PARTY AND OTHER STORIES by Katherine Mansfield

Mansfield_Garden-Party_everymansHere is a brief review for a title that might seem like an unexpected choice for a blog mostly dedicated to crime and mystery fiction, but …

A good mate of mine gave me this book as a present in advance of my trip to New Zealand last month and so it followed me through Queenstown, Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu and Milford Sound, all amazing places. Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) spent as much of her brief life there as she did in Europe and her stories reflect this divide.

I offer this review for Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.

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The Prisoner – volume 1

20150929094941prisoner-for-web_image_largeThis CD box (also available as a download) comprises four Spy / Science Fiction adventures reviving for audio the classic British TV show of the 1960s. Mark Elstob takes over from Patrick McGoohan as the kidnapped secret agent, while John Standing, Celia Imrie, Ramon Tikaram  and Michael Cochrane play the successive ‘Number Twos’ trying to break him.

The following review is offered for Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked AV Media meme over at his fab Sweet Freedom blog.

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Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Nicholas Briggs, Patrick McGoohan, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 16 Comments

Can you follow the clues?

London_Post-Mortem_atlanticPost Mortem is a new Police Procedural by Kate London, an eight-year veteran of the London Metropolitan Police Service. The publishers are releasing tasters from the novel to those who can follow the clues and pick up the trail of breadcrumbs – here is the blurb:

A long-serving beat cop in the Met and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in London’s East End. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths, who disappears within hours. DSI officer Sarah Collins sets out to uncover the truth around the grisly deaths.

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LULLABY (1989) by Ed McBain

McBain_Lullaby_panMy pan edition (on the right), at nearly 350 pages, marks this as the chunkiest book in the 87th Precinct thus far (I reviewed the previous 40 in the series here) and as we know, length did become a bit of an issue with these later books, some coping much better than other with the need to provide heftier tomes in the marketplace. How does this one fare? Well, this one certainly packs an emotional punch, as we begin without any dawdling with Carella and Meyer on the scene of a heinous crime on a crisp New Year’s morning.

I submit this review for  Bev’s Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt; and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.
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Posted in 2016 Silver Vintage Scavenger Hunt, 87th Precinct, Ed McBain, Friday's Forgotten Book, New York, Police procedural | 18 Comments

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

SH-Faces-Death_posterNot many may realise that The Abominable Bride, the marvellous Victorian-era seasonal special of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson, and this entry in the Rathbone and Bruce series share a canonical link as they were both derived Conan Doyle’s ‘The Musgrave Ritual.’ This entry is, rightly or wrongly, also generally considered to be when the Universal series really hits its stride. Gone are the Nazi spies (and Rathbone’s Caesarian haircut), replaced by lashings of Gothic mood set in a semi-modern world.

The following is offered for Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at his fab Sweet Freedom blog.

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Posted in Arthur Conan Doyle, England, Film Noir, Sherlock Holmes, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | Tagged , | 30 Comments

PURITY by Jonathan Franzen

Franzen_Purity-hbWelcome, belatedly, to 2016 (and the new site banner). We begin with what might seem like an unexpected choice for a site dedicated to crime and mystery fiction …

Jonathan Franzen’s new book is (perhaps inevitably?) challenging, ambitious, long and funny. An ironic story of parental conflicts that spans several decades, at its heart there is a murder that ties together several of the main characters, which is why I thought it was worth reviewing here at Fedora. But this may also be its downfall …

I offer this review for Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog

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Going walkabout

Fedora will be ‘going dark’ while I visit my family in Australia.

Wishing you all a very happy new year and hope to see you again sometime soon.

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Posted in Australia | 32 Comments