Murder in Piccadilly: A British Library Crime Classic
Poisoned Pen, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
oisoned Pen Press was contacted by British Library Crime Classics to consider reprinting out-of-print mysteries. These classics were from '
the golden age of crime writing
' and had not been available except as collectors' items. Charles Kingston's
Murder in Piccadilly
is one such delightful read.
obbie Cheldon is a young layabout, content to live in his mother's home and allow his wealthy uncle Massy to hand him a small stipend each month. His goal is to outlive his uncle and thus fall heir to the family estate along with a healthy income of ten thousand pounds a year.
hen Uncle Massy is stabbed to death, of course, Bobbie is first on a list of suspects. Bobbie, however, is not bothered by that little problem. He is more concerned that his fiancée wants to marry only a man of stature and wealth; someone who is an important figure in London's upper class community. Bobbie is certainly not what she is looking for. She is a dancer in one of the lower end night clubs but dreams of being a lady of title and leisure. He lives with his mother and won't even consider holding a job.
here is a period where the separation between the police and the murder made me feel that I had started to read another book. However, it all came back together, but not before meeting some very different, very disreputable characters – all of them trying to make their way in their world but having a hard time doing it. Thinking nothing of breaking the law over and over again. This is interesting reading of another place and time.
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