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Minute for Murder (Nigel Strangeways #8)

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Wartime Britain: photos are stolen… a secretary is poisoned… a director is stabbed…

Who put the poison in blonde femme fatale Nita Prince’s coffee cup?

A hero returned from a secret mission visits his onetime colleagues (among them, Nigel Strangeways) at the Ministry of Morale. His former fiancée, the beautiful Nita, is now having an affair with the director, his brother-in-
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Harper Perennial (first published 1947)
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Sep 19, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1947, this is the eighth Nigel Strangeways novel; following on from ‘The Case of the Abominable Snowman,” which took place in the opening months of the Second World War. London is now a very different city than it was in previous novels in the series, with a weary and battered population . We also discover, almost as a side note, that Nigel’s wife, Georgia, who featured heavily in some previous books in the series, had been killed during the Blitz. Georgia Cavendish was supposedly b ...more
I think I am going to leave Nigel Strangeways for a bit, because again there's nothing spectacularly original or outstanding about this private detective. Being set in a wartime propaganda office and having a cross dressing Captain were the only things that probably saved it from being a two star.
Oct 20, 2012 M. rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mysteries
Nicholas Blake was a pseudonym used by Cecil Day Lewis, former Poet Laureate for Great Britain. Unsurprisingly, there is poetry infused within the pages of this murder mystery...written by Blake/Lewis and by others (with attribution).

Minute for Murder is set just after the close of World War II in England's Ministry of Morale, a department set up for patriotic propaganda. Now that the tension of hostilities has ended, the staff members at the Ministry now begin to look at each other as people wi
Nov 09, 2015 Dave rated it it was ok
Nice enough wartime mystery--good setting and characters. Plot a bit of letdown for Blake, with the last two chapters put together pretty clumsily.
Jul 19, 2015 Tessa rated it liked it
This was a very complicated murder story extremely well written as you would expect from the poet laureate and very convoluted.
Michele bookloverforever
author didn't like self possessed, non fawning women...but classic plotting.
Jan 01, 2012 Cera rated it really liked it
There were some nice subtle clues in this one, and the setting (a propaganda office during WW2) added a lot, since there was an underlying level of tension that couldn't be defused.
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Nicholas Blake is the pseudonym of poet Cecil Day-Lewis C. Day Lewis who was born in Ireland in 1904. He was the son of the Reverend Frank Cecil Day-Lewis and his wife Kathleen (nee Squires). His mother died in 1906 and he and his father moved to London where he was brought up by his father with the help of an aunt.

He spent his holidays in Wrexford and regarded himself very much as anglo-irish, al
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  • The Beast Must Die (Nigel Strangeways, #4)
  • The Smiler With the Knife (Nigel Strangeways, #5)
  • Murder with Malice (Nigel Strangeways, #6)
  • The Corpse in the Snowman (Nigel Strangeways, #7)
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  • The Whisper in the Gloom (Nigel Strangeways, #11)

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