Category Archives: London

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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Portrait of Alison (1956)

Also known as Postmark for Danger, this  is a typically engaging thriller by Francis Durbridge (1912-1998), for many the heir to Edgar Wallace thriller crown. He first came to prominence with his hugely popular Paul Temple serials for BBC radio. … Continue reading

Posted in Film Noir, Francis Durbridge, Italy, London, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 41 Comments

HE WHO WHISPERS (1946) by John Dickson Carr

This classic Golden Age detective story features a seemingly impossible murder and came top of the 2014 John Dickson Carr poll, somewhat to my surprise. I hadn’t read it in a while (well, try 30 years actually, and only in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Audio Review, England, Five Star review, France, Gideon Fell, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery, London | 63 Comments

THE JUDGEMENT OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Jonathan Barnes

Sherlock Holmes had many secrets. This is the greatest of them. This collection of four new audio adventures by Jonathan Barnes follows on from his very conspicuous success with The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner and The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes for Big Finish … Continue reading

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ANGEL by Mike Ripley

Fitzroy Maclean Angel is the driver of a de-licensed taxi who doubles as an unofficial private eye and triples as an occasional musician. Which is to say that he does a bit of this and a bit of that, surviving … Continue reading

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The Jigsaw Man (1983) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

This spy thriller was inspired by the exploits of double agent Kim Philby. Indeed the author went so far as to cheekily dedicate the book to him, and all her ‘dear friends in the KGB’ including those, ‘not yet surfaced.’ … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Book to Movie Challenge, 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, Cold War, England, Espionage, London, Moscow, Spy movies, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 36 Comments

FALSE SCENT (1960) by Ngaio Marsh

I’ve been meaning to give Ngaio Marsh ‘another try’ for ages as I keep being told that my rather negative impressions, formed many moons ago, should be re-assessed. So here goes, with this comparatively late entry in her series of … Continue reading

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