In April 2017, at Crimes of the Century We Look Back at 1977.


Every month, at Past Offences, bloggers are invited to bring together their reviews of books and/or films related to a particular year. For this April the chosen year has been 1977. At A Crime is Afoot, I’m quite excited, since this will bring me the chance to dust off some books that have long been on my TBR shelves, namely: The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré; The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse, #3) by Colin Dexter; A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1) by Ellis Peters; Death of an Expert Witness (Adam Dalgliesh, #6) by P.D. James, and A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell.

Consequently, you’ll excuse me if I take a small break on my reading plans, which I’m planning to resume asap.

It’s of interest to note that among this writers we have three of the four British classic authors of detective fiction, Post World War II, that, in my view, stand out among others of their generation: P.D. James (1920 – 2014); Colin Dexter (1930 – 2017); Ruth Rendell (1930 – 2015) and Reginald Hill (1936 – 2012). By Reginald Hill, I’ve not found a book published on that particular year but, weather permitting, I’m looking forward to reading An April Shroud (Dalziel & Pascoe #4), first published in 1975. After all we are in April.

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