Category Archives: Scene of the crime

THE GARDEN PARTY AND OTHER STORIES by Katherine Mansfield

Here is a brief review for a title that might seem like an unexpected choice for a blog mostly dedicated to crime and mystery fiction, but … A good mate of mine gave me this book as a present in … Continue reading

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Can you follow the clues?

Post Mortem is a new Police Procedural by Kate London, an eight-year veteran of the London Metropolitan Police Service. The publishers are releasing tasters from the novel to those who can follow the clues and pick up the trail of … Continue reading

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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

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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 , | 30 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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AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (1984) by Ed McBain

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