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This is a celebration of the work of Francis (Henry) Durbridge, the British mystery author who for decades kept tens of millions of fans in suspense with his cliffhanging thrillers for radio, TV, the stage and in print. He made … Continue reading

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1222 by Anne Holt

Like most readers (one presumes) I usually try to read a series in the right order, but … After hearing so many good things about Anne Holt’s work I happily picked this one up, unaware that although it was the … Continue reading

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THE IVORY DAGGER (1950) by Patricia Wentworth

I may not be a particular fan of cosies (or even ‘cozies’) but for decades Wentworth was a truly ubiquitous figure – so it’s about time Fedora posted a review of one of her mysteries. Doris Amy Elles (1878-1961) as … Continue reading

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“You wouldn’t have a brother called Luigi van Brux? “No.” “Are you a relation of Girth Brux, the hairless grappler, aka ‘the Belgian Bollard’?” “No.” “You wouldn’t be related to the van Bruxes of Bruxelles, by any chance?” “The very … Continue reading

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THE QUIET AMERICAN (1955) by Graham Greene

Graham Greene differentiated his thrillers like A Gun For Sale (1934) from more mainstream efforts by labelling them ‘entertainments’ though the line often blurred, as with Brighton Rock (1938). After the War he stopped making the distinction, benefitting his work as a whole … Continue reading

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THE RINGER (1929) by Edgar Wallace

Like Somerset Maugham, the hugely popular novelist and short story writer Edgar Wallace was for a time even more successful as a playwright, starting with his 1927 smash, The Ringer, adapted from his novel, The Gaunt Stranger. It was so successful … Continue reading

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Friday’s Forgotten Books – 20 February 2015

In Patti Abbott’s absence, while she finishes going over the proofs of her latest book, I am corralling today’s FFB – there will be updates throughout the day so please send me your links if I’ve missed you off the … Continue reading

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