Tag Archives: Fair Play Mysteries

Read Means Run [2012]

I held a little party recently and in attendance was a Raymond Chandler fan other than me – an automatic win, I’d say. We got talking about The Simple Art of Murder, and W.H. Auden’s Guilty Vicarage, with a little detour through … Continue reading

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22 Jump Street [2014]

I had the ideal entry into this film. I hadn’t seen 21 Jump Street, hadn’t seen any trailers, and it’d been released long enough previously that I couldn’t remember any details from reviews other than it was fun and had a great … Continue reading

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The Case of the Late Pig [1937]

There’s always a danger in returning to the things you liked as a child. I can’t remember whether I’ve read this specific Marjory Allingham before, but I have been rereading a selection of Golden Age mysteries to assist with paytesting … Continue reading

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The Mousetrap

Unusually, let me begin by promising that there will be no spoilers in this post. While I can theoretically agree with Fraser’s argument that spoilers are about permanent consideration for the emotions of others, in practical terms I do tend … Continue reading

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Whose Body? [1923]

As a break from my diet of Spy fiction while I get to grips with the genre for running Night’s Black Agents, I decided to try a Dorothy Sayers novel. She is one of the so-called Queens of Crime, along … Continue reading

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The Big Four [1927]

I’d hazard that most of the major writers of Spy Thrillers owe a lot of their story mechanics to the Detective genre. Jason Bourne pieces together the puzzle of his life by fitting together fragmentary memories and following information trails. … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Blue Train [1928]

This was Agatha Christie’s 8th novel, and the 5th for Hercule Poirot. It came after the work widely regarded as Christie’s best, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and my favourite Poirot story, The ABC Murders. In a lot of ways, this … Continue reading

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