Category Archives: London

PATTERN RECOGNITION by William Gibson

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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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

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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 | 64 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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