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The Monogram Murders

Written by Sophie Hannah — Have you ever had to step into someone else’s shoes? It’s tough trying to equal, or better, what came before, isn’t it? And when that someone else is the undisputed queen of crime, the legendary Dame Agatha Christie, then you…
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CIS: The perfect Poirot primer

Name three famous Belgians… A tough ask, I know, and one that may tax your little grey cells. Wait! There’s a clue! And as a lover of crime fiction, you’ll surely have used it to come up with the world’s number one Belgian. That’s right…
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Val's back - and so is Poirot

On the Radar — It’s a case of, ‘Please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the ladies,’ this week, as we look at a new Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah’s recreation of Poirot, and another nail-biting psychological drama from Ann Cleeves. And in addition to…
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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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