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Scene of the Crime

May 1, 2019


Classic crime novelists often used vague fictitious settings for their action, perhaps to avoid any notions of libel. For that reason, it is always a delight when the location is real and specific (or easily discerned from the pseudonym), inviting a comparison of ‘then and now’. Here are a few favourites: Somerville College, Oxford Gaudy … Continued

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Murder among Strangers: The Boarding House

May 1, 2019


In the 1930s, a single individual of modest means who moved to a city might well have chosen a boarding house as his or her domicile.  Boarding houses were the up-market descendants of the common lodging house, originally a place of low fees, limited space and no-questions-asked about a tenant’s reputation.  Often a last resort … Continued

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