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Want to develop into a criminal offense novel buff, or extend your interpreting on your favourite style? it is a reliable position to begin! From the publishers of the preferred Good Reading, this publication features a wealthy number of the superior crime novels ever published.

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Richard Cadogan is a poet holidaying amid the dreaming spires who wanders idly into a toyshop in the Iffley Road and finds a dead body. No sooner has he made the discovery than he is KO’d by a blow from a blunt instrument. When he comes round, not only has the body disappeared but the toyshop has been mysteriously transformed into a grocery store. Unsurprisingly, no one believes his bizarre story of a vanishing toyshop apart from Gervase Fen, the waspishly witty Professor of English Literature at the university, who sets about proving that the whole, extraordinary saga has its own logic.

Read on Black Cherry Blues; Heaven’s Prisoners; In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead; A Stained White Radiance (all Dave Robicheaux novels); Cimarron Rose » Robert Crais, Voodoo River; Tony Dunbar, The Crooked Man; » Dennis Lehane, Mystic River JAMES M. CAIN (1892–1977) DOUBLE INDEMNITY USA (1936) Memorably, if prudishly, described as ‘a Proust in greasy overalls, a dirty little boy with a piece of chalk and a board fence and nobody watching’, by fellow crime novelist » Raymond Chandler, Cain had already written his first hardboiled classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1933) and was ensconced as a scriptwriter in Hollywood when his second book, Double Indemnity, became a bestseller in 1936.

26 02 100 MR CRIME F 9/8/06 1:54 pm Page 27 AGATHA CHRISTIE Read on Death on the Nile; Murder in Mesopotamia; Murder on the Orient Express Christianna Brand, Green for Danger; Georgette Heyer, Envious Casca; » Ngaio Marsh, A Grave Mistake A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED (1950) In the village of Chipping Cleghorn, a bizarre entry is found amid the ‘For Sale’ notices and job advertisements in the personal column of the local paper. ’ Curious villagers are baffled. Is this a practical joke or an invitation to a murder game?

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