CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: Margalit Fox talks to Crime Time

CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: Margalit Fox talks to Crime Time

IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS MURDERS OF ITS age. Galvanizing early twentieth-century Britain and before long the world, it involved a patrician victim, stolen diamonds, a transatlantic manhunt, and a cunning maidservant who knew far more than she could ever be persuaded to tell. It was, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in 1912, “as brutal and callous a crime as has ever been recorded in those black annals in which the criminologist finds the materials for his study.”

New from PS: Walking with Ghosts by Brian James Freeman

New from PS: Walking with Ghosts by Brian James Freeman
Barry Forshaw

Brian James Freeman’s first full-length collection features twenty-nine stories that deal with both real and supernatural terrors. These tales are populated by characters searching for answers to deeply troubling questions. They are haunted by horrors they think are out of their control, but sometimes the source of their greatest fears is closer to home than they ever imagined possible. In these days of almost gleeful excess there’s a surprising gentleness to Freeman’s work, though, of course, that often leaves you unprepared for a heavy gut-punch when you least expect it.

The Films of William Castle  Murray Leeder, editor

The Films of William Castle Murray Leeder, editor
Barry Forshaw

In some ways, it is easy to talk about the work of 1950s/1960s filmmaker and huckster William Castle, as the memorable gimmicks he came up with for most of his films (such as the skeleton above the audience’s heads in House on Haunted Hill and the mildly electrified audience chairs for The Tingler) lend themselves to any lively prose discussion of Castle’s very successful career. But it might also be said that in another way they are self-defeating

Ruth Morse on Historical, American & Brit Noir

Ruth Morse on Historical, American & Brit Noir

For those looking for particular areas of crime fiction, either geographical or generic, Barry provides a choice of about half-a-dozen paperbacks (Pocket Essentials, Oldcastle Books). What makes these urgently recommendable is their engagement with a long list of authors one may or may not have come across, mainly contemporary. The entries are scrupulous about recommendations and reservations, and never commit the cardinal sin of spoiling the plot.

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