Category Archives: London

A THREE PIPE PROBLEM (1975) by Julian Symons

When is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche not a Sherlock Holmes pastiche? Well, when the great detective does not in fact appear … This is the clever conceit of this mystery by poet, critic, novelist and editor Julian Symons, who brings … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Holmes and Watson leave the semi-Victorian comforts of Baker Street far behind and head off to 1940s America in search of a microfilm hidden inside a matchbook and which ends up doing the rounds of Washington’s high and low society … Continue reading

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The Traitor (1957)

This review is by way of a small tribute to the multi-talented Christopher Lee, whose death at the age of 93 was announced a few days ago. This film, also known as The Accursed (and also, confusingly, The Accused), offers … Continue reading

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HOSTILE WITNESS (1968) by Jack Roffey

Simon Crawford is a highly successful barrister whose world comes crashing down when his daughter Joanne is killed in a hit-and-run accident. He suffers a nervous breakdown when he is unable to find out who was responsible and spends months … Continue reading

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This tale of industrial espionage, set shortly after the World Trade Center attack, features a heroine with a most bespoke fashion sense and the search for a movie – one that may be a work of genius but which is … Continue reading

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The Vicious Circle (1957) – Tuesday’s overlooked movie

This highly entertaining puzzler was scripted by Francis Durbridge (1912-1998), who adapted it from his six-part BBC TV serial, My Friend Charles. John Mills stars as the Harley Street doctor who returns home one evening and finds the dead body … Continue reading

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SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (1941) by John Dickson Carr

This historical mystery, set around the battle of Waterloo and involving a locked room murder, a phantom woman who only our hero believes exists, a mysterious ‘man in black’ and a duel in a hot air balloon, was for decades a … Continue reading

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