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THE GUILLOTINE: No 47: JOHN OSBORNE

Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last

Interview: Frank Dobson - He laughs! He cries! He's really quite Frank!

Frank Dobson, what's he like? He enjoys a crude joke like the next man, but he's sensitive, too, and prone to tears. He's the face of New Labour in the London mayoral race, but it's a face that sports an Old Labour beard. And as for his policies for the capital: well, the only thing I'm sure he's sure about is that he's not going to abolish south London

Letter: Criminal neglect

MARK TIMLIN is unduly harsh on British crime writers ("Whodunnit? One of the ciphers", Culture, 29 August). While it is certainly kind of him to express such admiration for Yank mystery writers, American readers greatly appreciate British mystery writers, often with an obsessive ingenuity. Americans will routinely order Lindsey Davis's latest Marcus Didius Falco novel from London's Crime in Store because the British edition is published a full year ahead of the American edition.

Books: Whodunnit? One of the ciphers

Mark Timlin deplores the dismal state of British crime fiction and asks why Americans do it best

Miss Scarletts held for questioning

EVERY SECOND of every day somewhere in the world a man is brutally murdered. The method of killing may vary from a lead pipe to a candlestick, and the body is sometimes found in the library, other times in the billiard room. But the victim is always Dr Black.

Short Breaks: Murder most extravagant

They're making a killing on the Orient Express - just watch out for men in very heavy make-up

Brilliant from tubb to bottom

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Love, death and a chandelier

DEBUSSY'S PELLEAS ET MELISANDE GLYNDEBOURNE

Daggers drawn as Black Leather Jackets take on the Blue Rinses

Stay away from the crime-writers' AGM tonight. It'll be absolute murder. By Jane Jakeman

Whodunit wife denies murder

THE WEEKEND was meant as a Valentine's Day getaway for couples with a taste for murder mysteries. The highlight was an Agatha Christie- style whodunit performed by amateur actors, with the audience participating to identify the killer. The play was a hit. However, within hours a guest was found dead.

Strange case of the exploding town

BAWTRY IS a most unlikely location for a series of unexplained bomb blasts. It is a genteel little commuter town in Yorkshire where the most interesting thing that happens is the afternoon gossip between the ladies at the Town House Tea Rooms. But last Monday, a bomb blew up a white van parked outside the White Hart pub. Exactly one week earlier, another bomb destroyed a telephone booth in the town. Police say the devices were powerful enough to have killed a passer-by and that it was "pure luck" that there were no casualties.

Obituary: Peter Cotes

TO BE remembered solely as the director of The Mousetrap might seem a humiliating destiny for a man of Peter Cotes's wide-ranging and often courageous talent. He gave theatre-goers some of the most remarkable nights of their life, especially when his wife the actress Joan Miller played the lead or one of his favourite actors, Wilfrid Lawson, played Strindberg's The Father.

Death at the Grand: a tale straight out of Agatha Christie

SEASIDE RESORTS can be melancholy places out of season, and Torquay on the "English Riviera" is no exception.

Joan `Miss Marple' Hickson dies

Joan `Miss Marple' Hickson dies

Obituary: Joan Hickson

THE OLDEST actress ever to take the lead in a major television series, Joan Hickson was a sprightly 78 when she was chosen to play the role for which she will be best remembered, Agatha Christie's spinster detective Miss Marple. It was the first of 12 murder mysteries in a television series that was to run for eight years, ending only when Hickson insisted on retiring at the age of 86.
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