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Minute for Murder

(1947)
(A book in the Nigel Strangeways series)
A novel by

 
The eighth Nigel Strangeways mystery.

The Second World War has just finished and amateur detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is working at the Ministry of Morale in London, in the Visual Propaganda Division. With war over, life seems to be calm again, that is until the Director's beautiful secretary is poisoned in full view of seven members of the division, including Nigel himself. Who could have killed her? And how?

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write a further 19 crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations.

During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

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Hardback Editions

June 1980 : USA Hardback

Title: Minute for Murder
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-89966-246-3 / 978-0-89966-246-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
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April 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Minute for Murder
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-00-231597-1 / 978-0-00-231597-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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May 1976 : USA Hardback
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Title: MINUTE FOR MURDER (Fifty classics of crime fiction, 1900-1950)
Author(s): Blake
ISBN: 0-8240-2354-4 / 978-0-8240-2354-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dissertations-G
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Paperback Editions

May 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Minute for Murder
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-09-956557-9 / 978-0-09-956557-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 1985 : USA Paperback

Title: Minute for Murder
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-06-080782-2 / 978-0-06-080782-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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September 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: Minute for Murder: A Nigel Strangeways Mystery
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-06-080419-X / 978-0-06-080419-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins (paper)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Minute for Murder
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 1-5318-4223-2 / 978-1-5318-4223-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Minute for Murder: Nigel Strangeways, Book 8
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Minute for Murder: Nigel Strangeways, Book 8
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Minute for Murder
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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