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Festival Time
It's a sign of just how good a time I had at the Harrogate Crime Festival this past week-end that on Friday I completely forgot to post the Forgotten Book piece that I'd written in advance of my trip. Ooops. It will now appear this coming Friday instead! Bu...
It's a sign of just how good a time I had at the Harrogate Crime Festival this past week-end that on Friday I completely forgot to post the Forgotten Book piece that I'd written in advance of my trip. Ooops. It will now appea...
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Motives for Murder - a new Detection Club book
I'm delighted to announce that the Detection Club will publish in November a brand new collection of short stories, Motives for Murder. The idea is to celebrate the 80th birthday this year of one of the Club's most distinguished members, Peter Lovesey. The ...
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Travelling Around the Blogosphere
In the past few days, I've been lucky enough to feature, along with my writing on several of the best crime blogs around. Here's a round-up, starting with my visit to Fiction Fan's blog to talk about ten of the best Golden Age detectives . A fun post to wri...
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Forgotten Book - The Colour of Murder
Julian Symons' The Colour of Murder won the CWA's "Crossed Red Herring" award in 1957; in other words, what is now known as the CWA Gold  Dagger for the best crime novel of the year. Quite an accolade, and you might think that, especially given Symons' stat...
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Celebrating Sergeant Cluff
Yesterday saw a very enjoyable launch event at the Grove Bookshop in Ilkley of the latest British Library Crime Classic. The book we were celebrating was Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm , by Gil North, the first novel in North's Yorkshire-based series. September...
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Forgotten Book - The Necessary Corpse
R.C. Woodthorpe is a writer I find intriguing. He burst on to the scene in the Thirties with successful books such as The Public School Murder , and his work demonstrates an ability to characterise well, and to amuse. He had a great interest in politics and...
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Spooks: The Greater Good - film review
I've managed somehow never to be drawn into the long-running hit TV spy show Spooks . I say 'somehow', but in fact what happened is that I missed the first couple of series, and then felt disinclined to try to catch up. So when the film released last year b...
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A Game of Murder - DVD Review
I've mentioned Francis Durbridge's mystery thriller A Game of Murder previously on this blog. In fact, the book was one of a trio of novels brought together in an omnibus by Bello to which I wrote the introduction a few years back. And now I've caught up wi...
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The Secret Agent - BBC 1 TV review
The Secret Agent , starring Toby Jones and based on Joseph  Conrad's novel, got off to a fine start on BBC 1 tonight. The book is my favourite work by Conrad (I first encountered him through his short stories, which were a set book for O-Level, but thankful...
The Secret Agent, starring Toby Jones and based on Joseph Conrad's novel, got off to a fine start on BBC 1 tonight. The book is my favourite work by Conrad (I first encountered him through his short stories, which were a set...
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Fear Island - film review
Fear Island is a 2009 thriller film which mixes some familiar plot elements with a structure slightly suggestive of The Usual Suspects . It really isn't in the same league as the more famous film, and some of the reviews I've read on the internet are very n...
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The Writing Life - and Taking a Break From It
When I was working full-time as a partner in a law firm, holidays were limited, and even when I was away, it was very difficult to escape the burdens of business. Life is different now I'm a part-time writer, and I'm very glad about that, but the question o...
When I was working full-time as a partner in a law firm, holidays were limited, and even when I was away, it was very difficult to escape the burdens of business. Life is different now I'm a part-time writer, and I'm very gla...
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Secret Beyond the Door -film review
Secret Beyond the Door is a 1948 film, directed by the estimable Fritz Lang. It's based on a book published a couple of years earlier called Museum Piece No. 13 , written by Rufus King, an American detective novelist. I haven't read the book, but King was a...
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I am a British crime writer, and the author of eighteen crime novels, including series set in Liverpool and the Lake District, as well as winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger and CWA Margery Allingham Prize'. My latest book is The Golden Age of Murder,  a ground-breaking study of the genre between the wars, and I am consultant for the British Library's Classic Crime series, as well as archivist to both the CWA and the Detection Club. I have edited twenty-four anthologies, published about sixty short stories, and written seven other non-fiction books..
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