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Rules for Perfect Murders

In this entertaining novel, Peter Swanson has concocted the perfect plot for lovers of classic mysteries. Malcolm Kershaw, the widowed part-owner of Boston’s Old Devils Bookstore wrote a blog post some years ago that described what he considered the best depictions of the perfect murder….
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Rules for Perfect Murders

Written by Peter Swanson — Anthony Horowitz calls this entertaining new puzzle mystery by Peter Swanson ‘fiendish good fun’, and that really hits the nail on the head. It pulls together some of the best plots from past crime novels and combines them in a…
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The Winters

Written by Lisa Gabriele — Lisa Gabriele set herself a high bar in tackling a modern reimagining of Daphne du Maurier’s classic psychological thriller, Rebecca, with its famous first line—“Last night I dreamed I went again to Manderley.” Gabriele’s first line, “Last night Rebekah tried…
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Classics in September 2017 - a recap

The month of September has come to a close, and with it our annual celebration of classic crime fiction of all flavours. We’ve looked at the Golden Age, Sherlock Holmes, cosy, noir, neo-noir, thrillers… you name it. We’ve covered range of crime novels, authors of…
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CIS: James Runcie interviewed

The Grantchester novels by James Runcie are moral fables with a nod to the tradition of classic crime, mixing together mystery, comedy and social history. Set in a Cambridgeshire village between 1953 and 1977, the Grantchester stories are more than that, though – they are about…
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CIS: Nicola Upson interviewed

Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of classy crime novels by Nicola Upson, whose main character is Josephine Tey – one of the leading authors of the Golden Age of crime fiction. Tey’s detective novels were hugely popular…
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