Author Archives: Cavershamragu

THE LITTLE SISTER (1949) by Raymond Chandler

This is one of my favourite Raymond Chandler novels but I’m probably in a minority on this. In fact, even the author professed to dislike it! I loved this book when I first read it as a kid but wondered … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Five Star review, Friday's Forgotten Book, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, Raymond Chandler, Scene of the crime | 37 Comments

DEAD MAN’S BAY (1953) by Catherine Arley

This tale of psychological suspense marked the literary debut of Catherine Arley (the pen name of Pierrette Pernot), who celebrated her 90th birthday last December. Originally published in France as Tu Vas Mourir (and later reissued as Mourir sans toi), it appeared … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, France, Friday's Forgotten Book | 40 Comments

PAYROLL (1959) by Derek Bickerton

This fuel-injected thriller was an early effort by Derek Bickerton, who subsequently established himself as an eminent linguist. Set in Birmingham, it tells the story of a heist that goes wrong – but then, in fiction, don’t they always? A … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Birmingham, George Baxt, Newcastle | Tagged | 30 Comments

JOYLAND by Stephen King

This review is by way of a small tribute to Glen Orbik, who died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was the cover illustrator for many of the books published by Hard Case Crime, including this whodunit … Continue reading

Posted in Charles Ardai, Donald Westlake, Film Noir, Hard Case Crime, Stephen King | 38 Comments

Killjoy (1981) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

Everyone’s a suspect in this engrossing mystery starring Kim Basinger and the late Robert Culp, both searching for the elusive Joy Morgan – but does she even exists? This CBS TV-Movie, prosaically retitled Who Murdered Joy Morgan on video, is … Continue reading

Posted in John Llewellyn Moxey, Robert Culp, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | Tagged | 22 Comments

PATTERN RECOGNITION by William Gibson

This tale of industrial espionage, set shortly after the World Trade Center attack, features a heroine with a most bespoke fashion sense and the search for a movie – one that may be a work of genius but which is … Continue reading

Posted in Friday's Forgotten Book, Japan, London, Moscow | Tagged | 28 Comments

Top 15 Caper Movies

Everybody loves caper movies just a little bit, right? Whether it’s Newman and Redford pulling off The Sting, Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible team breaking into the CIA or Danny Ocean’s crew knocking off casinos in Vegas, this is … Continue reading

Posted in Brian de Palma, Bryan Forbes, Canada, Caper, Tuesday's Overlooked Film, William Goldman | Tagged , , , | 113 Comments