The Victoria Street Ghost

If you were out taking an evening stroll along the streets of north central Christchurch in March 1894 then there is a good chance that you may have seen a ghost. For that is what a young man named Cunningham initially thought that he had encountered on the night of March 9. At 11pm Constable…
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The Northern Frights

It's wintertime and darkness is falling Crime is thriving and the body count's high. Your neighbour's dead and your boss is in prison So hush your mouth or you might die. This pretty much covers it if you read or watch Scandi Noir (Dark Scandinavian fiction) which, unlike those early raiders from Northern Europe, has quietly snuck into our consciousness. The translators have been busy and…
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Nancy Drew…85 years young

It seems hard to believe, but Nancy Drew, girl detective, turned 85 last week. She was the creation of 24 year-old Mildred A. Wirt. Wirt wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew books, the very first of which was The secret of the old clock, published on 28 April, 1930. Wirt is described in Girl…
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