Category Archives: Scene of the crime

LULLABY (1989) by Ed McBain

My 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 … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Silver Vintage Scavenger Hunt, 87th Precinct, Ed McBain, Friday's Forgotten Book, New York, Police procedural | 14 Comments

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

Not 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 … Continue reading

Posted in Arthur Conan Doyle, England, Film Noir, Sherlock Holmes, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | Tagged , | 29 Comments

PURITY by Jonathan Franzen

Welcome, 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 … Continue reading

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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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This is my last review of the year and I couldn’t resist a seasonal entry from my favourite police procedural series. This 87th Precinct short story (which first appeared in the December 1984 issue of Playboy) got the royal treatment … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, 87th Precinct, Ed McBain, New York, Police procedural | 60 Comments

CASTLE SKULL (1931) by John Dickson Carr

Henri Bencolin visits the Rhine in his third novel, and appropriately enough there are a trio of killings to solve: the impossible attack on a magician in a train carriage under constant supervision, apparently thrown out by an unseen assailant; … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Germany, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery | 54 Comments

The Notorious Landlady (1962)

Kim Novak is the beautiful landlady accused of killing her nasty husband and Jack Lemmon is the new lodger who falls madly in love with her in this quirky thriller-cum-farce. Recently transferred to London, his State Department career may very well … Continue reading

Posted in Blake Edwards, London, Richard Quine, Scene of the crime, Screwball, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 24 Comments