Category Archives: Scene of the crime

CASTLE SKULL (1931) by John Dickson Carr

Henri Bencolin visits the Rhine in his third novel, and appropriately enough there are a trio of killings to solve: the impossible attack on a magician in a train carriage under constant supervision, apparently thrown out by an unseen assailant; … Continue reading

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The Notorious Landlady (1962)

Kim Novak is the beautiful landlady accused of killing her nasty husband and Jack Lemmon is the new lodger who falls madly in love with her in this quirky thriller-cum-farce. Recently transferred to London, his State Department career may very well … Continue reading

Posted in Blake Edwards, London, Richard Quine, Scene of the crime, Screwball, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 24 Comments

Top 25 TV Detectives

Well, I have been watching the BBC’s new police drama River starring Stellan Skarsgård and Nicola Walker. Whether it will be a one-off or continue I don’t know but I think it is as good as Cracker ever was and … Continue reading

Posted in 'Best of' lists, Agatha Christie, Albert Campion, Columbo, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ellery Queen, Inspector Morse, Inspector Wexford, London, Lord Peter Wimsey, Los Angeles, Margery Allingham, Miss Marple, Nero Wolfe, New York, Oxford, Paris, Poirot, Rex Stout, Ruth Rendell, San Francisco, Sherlock Holmes, TV Cops | 160 Comments

WHO IS SIMON WARWICK? (1978) by Patricia Moyes

This smart detective story provides a really entertaining bridge between the Golden era of pure deduction and the modern scientific age. It is based on a classic scenario from popular culture – the long-lost heir of who may or not … Continue reading

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SLEEP LONG, MY LOVE (1959) by Hilary Waugh

Waugh was one of the founding fathers of the American police procedural, following on from Lawrence Treat and Sidney Kingsley and opening the way to the likes of Ed McBain. His best and most widely read book remains the classic … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Hilary Waugh, New York, Police procedural, Tuesday's Overlooked Film, Val Guest | Tagged | 30 Comments


Before Robert Bloch (1917-1994) was made immortal by the success of Psycho, he was best-known for Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, the classic 1943 short story that first appeared in Weird Tales. It was the first of many of Bloch’s efforts … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Chicago, England, Five Star review, Friday's Forgotten Book, Robert Bloch | 38 Comments

MURDER IN THE COLLECTIVE (1984) by Barbara Wilson

This was the first of a trio of mysteries set in Seattle featuring amateur sleuth Pam Nilsen, who with her sister Penny runs a printing business (inherited from their parents) as a cooperative. A radical lesbian typesetter collective expresses an … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Seattle | 54 Comments