Monthly Archives: December 2013

REVIEW: The Tiger in the Smoke – Margery Allingham

(Penguin 1975, originally published 1952) Meg Elginbrodde, recently engaged to Geoffrey Levett, has been a war widow for five years after her husband Martin was killed in France. Recently, however, photographs have been turning up, both in illustrated papers and … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Deep Secret – Diana Wynne Jones

(published by Victor Gollancz, 1997) Rupert Venables is the youngest of Earth’s Magids when he’s faced with two problems: his sponsor, Stan, dies, and thus Rupert has to find a replacement; and secondly, events in the Koryfonic Empire – not … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: Impersonation stories

The theme of an heir returning from the dead (or long-missing) is one which is occasionally used by writers – particularly thriller or crime writers – often to enable a bit of chicanery and double bluffing – is he or … Continue reading

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