Tag Archives: Cyril Hare

Tenant for Death (1937) by Cyril Hare

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Shadowy Figure Rich at his blog Past Offences runs a monthly Crimes of the Century Challenge and this month’s chosen year is 1937, so I decided to review Cyril Hare’s first Inspector Mallett novel, Tenant … Continue reading

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With a Bare Bodkin (1946) by Cyril Hare

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Telephone With a Bare Bodkin (1946) is a wartime set mystery, with Francis Pettigrew leaving his chambers to work as a legal advisor for Pin Control in Marsett Bay. Whilst at Marsett Bay, Pettigrew is … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: First Encounters

To kick the year off the Tuesday Night Bloggers are looking at crime fiction firsts this month. Already we have had posts looking at the origins of detective fiction, John Dickson Carr’s Dr Fell series and J. J. Connington’s first … Continue reading

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My Year in Christmas Reads

Now most normal people save their Christmas themed mystery novels until December, or November at very earliest. Not me it seems. Looking back at this year from about March I have been inadvertently reading mystery novels set at Christmas. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Deadly Dinner Parties

Spoiler warning: For readers who haven’t read Christie’s 4:50 from Paddington and Lord Edgware Dies I would avoid section one of this post. Not everyone is a fan of dinner parties. They can be incredibly stressful for the host and/or … Continue reading

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Book of the Month: May 2016

It has been a busy month on the blog with 14 reviews, a post looking at Agatha Christie in translation with contributors from all over the world and a series of spoof posts looking at what Christie has to say … Continue reading

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An English Murder (1951) by Cyril Hare

It has been a while since I have read a novel by Cyril Hare (the last being When the Wind Blows (1949)). Hare was the pen name for Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark and the crimes in Hare’s stories often have … Continue reading

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Cyril Hare’s When the Wind Blows (1949)

  Writers using their past careers and experiences to influence their work is sufficiently common to almost be classed as an author’s cliché. Crime fiction is no different. Ngaio Marsh drew upon her time in the theatre, Juanita Sheridan her … Continue reading

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