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CIS: Crime classics on the box

Classic crime novels have been a source of rich pickings for TV writers and producers since the days of good old black and white. They can provide a solid foundation for a beloved, long-running and essentially faithful set of programmes (think Poirot), or a stepping stone for…
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NTN: Mrs Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

Written by Mark Reutlinger — Not all crime books have to be gory, graphic or downright dangerous. For example, Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries tend to tax the brain without unsettling the stomach, while Alexander McCall Smith’s No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books feature a traditionally built…
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Never Laugh As A Hearse Goes By

Written by Elizabeth J Duncan –- Mum, gran or great aunt, most families are blessed with a member who has a saying for every occasion, guaranteed to come up with such gems as ‘Look before you leap’, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’…
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Mr Bazalgette's Agent

Written by Leonard Merrick — The British Library’s dedication to publishing new editions of lost and forgotten crime fiction is an affirmation of the genre’s importance to the UK’s literary heritage. Mr Bazalgette’s Agent, originally published in 1888, is a concise, captivating novel written in…
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CIS: The first female detectives

We’ve just been celebrating the 123rd birthday of Agatha Christie, who created spinster sleuth Miss Marple in 1926. But if you thought Marple was the first female literary detective – albeit, an amateur – you might be surprised to learn you were out by several…
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Are crime novels killing short stories?

While the crime novel is in rude health with huge sales for contemporary genre authors, what about the short story? It’s true that labyrinthine crime plots have always suited the novel – although Golden Age writers penned shorter novels than today’s chunky bestsellers – but…
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CIS: The Agatha Christie birthday quiz!

Win a fantastic prize! On 15 September 1890, arguably Britain’s favourite crime fiction writer of all time was born in Torquay, Devon. So, today we’re celebrating the birthday of Agatha Christie. And with it we’ve got a quiz to win a superb illustrated edition of…
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CIS: A Pocket Full of Rye

Written by Agatha Christie — Last year, we began Classics in September and it’s fair to say we included plenty of hardboiled and noir material from the 1940s and 50s. Chandler, Jim Thompson, Ross Macdonald and James M Cain all featured alongside the Top Five…
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