Category Archives: Scene of the crime

A MAN LAY DEAD (1934) by Ngaio Marsh

Having rather hated one of the later cases featuring Roderick Alleyn, the upper-class cop invented by Ngaio Marsh (click here for my splenetic review of False Scent), I thought I would dial back the clock and see how he fared in … Continue reading

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THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters

The apocalypse is a surprisingly frequent occurrence in fiction (and indeed can be seen to constitute its own subgenre), but admittedly not one often combined with the mystery genre. This was the major selling point of this Edgar-winning novel, the … Continue reading

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THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY (1950) by Helen McCloy

Poor mousey little Faustina Crayle! An apparently mild, self-effacing art teacher with no axe to grind and perfect manners, she has somehow become an object of horror. Everybody, it seems, is frightened to death of her, yet she has no … Continue reading

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The City of the Dead (1960) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

The late Sir Christopher Lee stars in this creepy chiller from the pen of Fedora favourite, George Baxt. Although a story of the occult, it is much subtler than the woeful US title, Horror Hotel, might suggest. Indeed, I think … Continue reading

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GHOSTS (1980) by Ed McBain

A heavy emphasis on the supernatural takes the 87th Precinct series into uncharted waters with this volume. It may be Christmas but Carella and Hawes are investigating the fatal stabbing of two residents of a new and highly secure apartment … Continue reading

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THE STRANGE WORLD OF PLANET X (1957) by Rène Ray

And now for a change of pace here at Fedora, featuring a novel by Irene Creese (1911-1993), better known as actress Rène Ray, who later became Countess of Midleton after marrying her longtime partner, George St John Brodrick, 2nd Earl … Continue reading

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Going walkabout

Fedora will be going ‘dark’ for the next few weeks while I catch up with la famiglia in Umbria. Arrivederci – and hope to see you all again in late July.

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