Category Archives: Scene of the crime

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 | 62 Comments

The Man Who Finally Died (1963)

Stanley Baker stars in this above-average conspiracy thriller that boasts Bavarian locations, some neat twists and a first-rate supporting cast that includes: Peter Cushing as a sinister doctor; Mai Zetterling, in one of her last film acting roles, as a … Continue reading

Posted in Cold War, Espionage, Film Noir, Germany, Spy movies, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | Tagged , | 28 Comments

Going walkabout

Fedora will be ‘dark’ for the next month while I visit my family in Australia. Wishing you all a very happy new year and hope to see you again in February.

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Fedora’s 2014 in numbers

Fedora will be celebrating its fourth year next month, which seems the height of improbability really … WordPress offers an annual summary of the blog’s activity in 2014, which is interesting if somewhat inaccurate since it does not include my most … Continue reading

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THE BODY VANISHES (1976) by Jacquemard-Sénécal

Originally published in France as ‘Le Crime de la maison Grün’, this elaborate murder mystery was the earliest book by the team of Yves Jacquemard (1943-1980) and Jean-Michel Sénécal to be translated into English. Although the prose is a little … Continue reading

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THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS (1957) by John Wyndham

Time for another left turn at Fedora, but one that seems appropriate given the festive season. Focussing on a series of increasingly deadly events in a small English village, this is a typical bit of low-key speculative fiction by John … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Audio Review, Big Finish, Jonathan Barnes, London, Sherlock Holmes | 28 Comments