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About armchairreviewer

Qualified English teacher, with a passion for literature and crime fiction. On a random note I also own pygmy goats and chickens with afros (it doesn't get any cooler than that).

The Anthill Murders (2017) by Hans Olav Lahlum

Source: Review Copy (Mantle) This is the fifth book in Lahlum’s Kolbjorn Kristiansen (K2) and Patricia Borchmann series. I initially got a bit perplexed by this read, as based on a quote about the series on the dustjacket I assumed … Continue reading

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The Golden Spiders (1953) by Rex Stout

I am not one of Rex Stout’s biggest fans. I don’t actively dislike his work but at the same time I’m not invariably jumping up and down with excitement over his work. However, I decided to give him another go, … Continue reading

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Blood Upon the Snow (1944) by Hilda Lawrence

One technique which I have found quite helpful for finding new reads/authors is to search online for specific book imprints and in the case of Amazon seeing what other titles are suggested. Whilst this does not bode well for my … Continue reading

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Death in the Clouds (1935) by Agatha Christie

Another Christie re-read today on the blog. As the title suggests the book opens with a flight between Paris to Croydon. Our favourite Belgian sleuth is on board, which is a good thing, considering that by the time the plane … Continue reading

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Your Favourite British Library Crime Classics: The Final Results

A few weeks ago I set in motion two rounds of voting to uncover which novels and short story c0llections from the British Library Crime Classics series are your favourites. If you’ve missed which titles were shortlisted after the first round … Continue reading

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Death at the Dog (1940) by Joanna Cannan

Cannan is a writer I have been meaning to return to for quite some time, since I read Murder Included (1950) early last year, but unfortunately I have not found it easy to procure reasonably priced copies of her work. … Continue reading

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The Spectrum of English Murder: The Detective Fiction of Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher and G. D. H. and Margaret Cole (2015) by Curtis Evans

Although I am a keen reader of Curtis Evans’ excellent blog, The Passing Tramp, this is the first time I have read one of his publications. An oversight indeed! The book I am reading by Evans’ today, was based on … Continue reading

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Ngaio Marsh Awards Blog Tour: The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand (2015) by David Hastings

Source: Review Copy (Auckland University Press) Today, the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards blog tour has reached its next pit stop. A month or so ago Craig Sisterson (a judge for the Awards and also writer of the New Zealand crime … Continue reading

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Dumb Witness (1937) by Agatha Christie

Today finds me doing another re-read, though ironically because I had the ITV TV adaptation of the book stuck in my head, the ending turned out slightly differently than I was expecting. Not a bad thing. Always had a slight … Continue reading

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Your Favourite British Library Crime Classics: Round 1

Last week I launched off a series of polls to find out which novels or story collections were the most popular from the British Library Crime Classics series. I decided to do split the books from the series into 5 … Continue reading

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