Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast
Ed McBain’s Romance - Book 47: A Pudding That Can Change Colour

Ed McBain’s Romance - Book 47: A Pudding That Can Change Colour

April 27, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast.

We've reached 1995. McBain has reached the 47th book in his long running series and he's decided that it's theatre-land's turn for a mystery. There's a lot more autobiographical and bibliographical referencing in this book than you might know and we lay out the author's own history with the stage as well as trying to get to grips with this play-within-a-book murder mystery.

Join us soon for our bonus episode and then onwards, to 1997, and book 48, Nocturne.

Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s Mischief - Book 45, Bonus: Mr Soft Bendy Strange Thing

Ed McBain’s Mischief - Book 45, Bonus: Mr Soft Bendy Strange Thing

April 1, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode.

This is the bonus episode to accompany our look at 1993's Mischief. We take a look at the covers of the US and UK releases and also investigate an Italian and Japanese edition. Please smell along at home.

Then it's into our round up of 1993 in music, film and television and our personal picks from the year. Keep listening to hear Paul tell you all about two more Evan Hunter/McBain books he's read as well.

See you soon for book 47 (46 was the Christmas story!) - Romance.

Fare Thee Well.

Ed McBain’s Mischief - Book 45: Worse Than Dutch Ghosts?

Ed McBain’s Mischief - Book 45: Worse Than Dutch Ghosts?

March 23, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast!

The year is 1993 and after last year's pretty straightforward offering (Kiss), Mr McBain brings us the exact opposite! Lots of story threads! Loads of cops! Hardly any Steve Carella! And.... THE DEAF MAN IS BACK.

Join us as we try and untangle this dense mix of torment, abandoment, murder, riots and music. Keep listening to hear extracts from contemporary reviews of the book and McBain's answers to a questionnaire from the period.

We'll be back soon with the bonus episode then we skip the christmas book (see our December episode!) and jump straight to book 47 - Romance.

Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s Kiss - Book 44, Bonus: Old Wardrobe Odour

Ed McBain’s Kiss - Book 44, Bonus: Old Wardrobe Odour

March 2, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode.

Of course, we begin as usual with our look at the original US and UK book covers - and an international edition! Then we get stuck into a pretty self-indulgent look at 1992. We reach a watershed moment in the podcast, which Paul almost misses and then we talk about 'Gamesmaster' for too long.

Join us again soon for Ed McBain's Mischief (book 45) and more of this daftness for 1993.

Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s Kiss - Book 44: No Disrespect To Walter Matthau

Ed McBain’s Kiss - Book 44: No Disrespect To Walter Matthau

February 22, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast.

We've reached book 44 and the year 1992 and McBain's offering for the year is KISS. Courtroom drama, a triangle of distrust and betrayal and a few digs at the real world. Is McBain back to his best with Kiss? Find out what we think in this episode!

We also look at a whole bunch of other Hunter/McBain/Pseudonymous projects that emerge in 1992 and make fun of Dan Quayle along the way.

Join us soon for our bonus episode and then after that we'll be back with MISCHIEF. Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s Widows - Book 43, Bonus: As Real As A Cooked Dinner

Ed McBain’s Widows - Book 43, Bonus: As Real As A Cooked Dinner

February 2, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode.

Following on from our look at 1991's Widows, we explore 1991 in general. Eyes on music, cinema and TV as usual. We also spoil the ending of 'The Brittas Empire', so you've been warned. Of course we have our usual look at the original designs of the book covers and check out the editions we're reading from too.

Thanks for listening and see you soon for book 44 - Kiss.

Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s Widows - Book 43: What An Awful Day

Ed McBain’s Widows - Book 43: What An Awful Day

January 26, 2021

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast.

Happy new year everyone. Join us on our January adventure through the 43rd book in McBain's series - the multi-crimed Widows. Bodies are piling up all over the city and Carella's family life is changed forever.

We take our usual look through some significant events of 1991 and then pick apart this somewhat schizophrenic novel. Spoilers ahoy, as always.

Thanks for listening and we'll see you again for the bonus episode and 'Kiss' soon.

Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s And All Through The House - Xmas episode: Cast Your Backs

Ed McBain’s And All Through The House - Xmas episode: Cast Your Backs

December 25, 2020

Ho Ho Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Christmas party episode!

Whilst we're counting it as an official entry in the 87th Precinct books canon (book number 46), the Christmas miniature story And All Through The House is offered here out of sequence as our Christmas treat to you. We take a moment away from stuffing our faces with Turkey, Pigs in Blankets, Potatoes and Pudding to tell you all about the publication history of the book and also answer some listener questions and reflect on Christmasses past.

See you in the New Year for the rest of the season! Thanks for listening, getting involved and being part of the McBain fun over this bizarre year. Fare thee well!

Ed McBain’s Vespers - Book 42, Bonus: Two Up And One Across

Ed McBain’s Vespers - Book 42, Bonus: Two Up And One Across

December 16, 2020

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode.

Following on from our main episode's examination of the satantic tale, Vespers, we explore the covers of the editions as they were originally issued in the US and UK - worthy of note now editions on both sides of the pond are coming from new publishers.

Then, of course, we dig into 1990. A new decade and a year we remember all too clearly. Music, Films, TV and our personal picks for the year. Thanks for joining and we'll see you again soon for book 43 - Widows.

Fare thee well.

Ed McBain’s Vespers - Book 42, Treeriness

Ed McBain’s Vespers - Book 42, Treeriness

December 8, 2020

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast.

We enter a new decade and McBain begins it in dark, despairing mode, with the story of a murdered priest, drugs, hitmen and recollections of confessions. We learn all about the folk to whom the book is dedicated, explore what was going on in McBain/Hunter's life in 1990 and look at some contemporary reviews of the book as well.

Keep your eyes open for our bonus episode soon, before we bring you a Christmas treat and then it's on to Book 43 - Widows.

Fare thee well.

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