Tag Archives: Espionage

Look Your Last (1943) by John Stephen Strange

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Knife The last time I read Strange’s work I found the plotline of Deadly Beloved (1952) a bit too predictable. However, given the chosen year for this month’s Crime of the Century challenge, a challenge … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: War Mysteries

A couple of weeks ago I did a post for Remembrance Sunday which looked at First World War set mystery novels and a lot of interesting ideas and recommendations were brought up – so thanks for that! For the Tuesday … Continue reading

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Espionage Amateur Hour in Hitchcock’s Secret Agent (1936)

First things first, Hitchcock’s Secret Agent (1936) is not an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent (1907), a misconception I initially had, but is actually based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel Ashenden (1928). I think Hitchcock did go … Continue reading

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Let the Tiger Die (1947) by Manning Coles

Thankfully one can say from the outset that no tiger was harmed in the course of this novel (all animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief). Therefore, this title is a fairly abstract one and the puzzle of who … Continue reading

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The Fifth Man (1946) by Manning Coles

  The blurb on my copy states that: ‘Five British prisoners have escaped from the Nazis – or have they? British Intelligence suspects an elaborate ruse and that one of the five may well be a double agent prepared for … Continue reading

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