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ROGUE MOYLE by I Retru Grade

Following on from The Bald Bowelero, which I previously profiled here, and Punschi Coins a Spin, now comes the third volume in the series featuring the misadventures of Jewish Irish shamus, Ira Retru Grade. Here’s the blurb: A twin tale of … Continue reading

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CONCRETE ANGEL – guest post by Patti Abbott

Patti Abbott is blogger in chief at her fab Pattinase blog and is also the author of more than 100 stories in print, online, and in various anthologies. In 2009, she won a Derringer Award for her story ‘My Hero.’ She is … 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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Buon Natale 2014

2014 has been very busy – but will it be remembered as a vintage year?

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John Dickson Carr Poll – The Results!

We’ve had some great responses to this poll, both here and over at the Golden Age Detection group on Facebook, leading to some genuine surprises. Let’s put it this way, if I’d put money on which book would come top … Continue reading

Posted in 'In praise of ...', Carter Dickson, Gideon Fell, Henry Merrivale, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery | 36 Comments

Farewell to PD James

News reaches Fedora that PD (Phyllis Dorothy) James, creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray, has died at the age of 94. She made her debut in 1962 with Cover Her Face and was soon trumpeted as a major innovator for her utilisation of … Continue reading

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Fedora’s half a million visits

This site just passed another milestone this week with its 500,000th visit! How to celebrate? Well, here are three very different but equally great (and coincidentally, campus-based) books I read this year but didn’t blog about and so am linking … Continue reading

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