Category Archives: Scene of the crime

WIDOWS (1991) by Ed McBain

And … we’re back. In the opening scene from this busy novel, Homicide dicks Monoghan & Monroe get into a spat, signalling that this might be a more domestic case than usual. Indeed, Steve Carella’s family takes centre-stage when news reaches … Continue reading

Posted in 87th Precinct, Ed McBain, Friday's Forgotten Book, New York, Police procedural | 22 Comments

Away on leave

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

Posted in England | 30 Comments

HE WON’T NEED IT NOW (1939) and THE DEAD STAY DUMB (1939) by James Hadley Chase

This pair of ultra-hardboiled thrillers were the first two books published by James Hadley Chase following the huge success of his controversial gangster story No Orchids for Miss Blandish (which I recently reviewed right here). Well, actually, He Won’t Need it Now … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, James Hadley Chase, Kansas City, New York, Stark House Press | 30 Comments

POLICE AT THE FUNERAL (1931) by Margery Allingham

This is the book that many see as being the breakthrough for Margery Allingham in her series featuring Albert Campion, who after three comparatively ‘light’ adventures finally appeared in a darker, more substantial work that showed something like the true … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, Albert Campion, Cambridge, England, Margery Allingham, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 46 Comments

THE MADMAN’S ROOM (1990) by Paul Halter

For 30 years French author Paul Halter has published dozens of celebrations-cum-recreations of the impossible mysteries of John Dickson Carr. Thanks to Pietro De Palma, multi-lingual blogger at Death Can Read and La morte sa leggere, I have been reading some of … Continue reading

Posted in England, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery, Paul Halter | 29 Comments

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS MURDER by Max Allan Collins

If, like me, you are a devoted fan of the amazing writer-director-producer-actor-showman Orson Welles, a sucker for magic tracks, love listening to Old Time Radio, and enjoy the pulp adventures of The Shadow, then this book is most definitely for … Continue reading

Posted in Friday's Forgotten Book, New York, Orson Welles, The Shadow, Walter B Gibson | 31 Comments

THE CLUE OF THE SILVER KEY (1930) by Edgar Wallace

Why should someone go to the trouble of assassinating petty thief Horace Tom Tickler and leaving his body inside a taxi with £100 in his pocket? This is the problem that Surefoot Smith of Scotland Yard has to clear up, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, Edgar Wallace, London | 20 Comments