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Calamity in Kent: A British Library Crime Classic    by John Rowland order for
Calamity in Kent
by John Rowland
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In the UK, in the small, peaceful, seaside town of Broadgate, a murdered man is found in the carriage of a cliff railway. The door to the carriage is locked! How could that be? No way to get in or out without a key, which the operator has. He is the one who makes the discovery when he arrives for work in the morning, to find a man stabbed to death with a knife sticking out of his back.

Newspaper reporter Jimmy London is first on the scene and immediately looks for clues. He is soon joined in his search by Inspector Shelley of Scotland Yard who is fortuitously holidaying in Broadgate. Not trusting the local policeman, they decide to instigate their own investigation. A locked-room mystery could put Jimmy's flagging career back on track, but not without endangering his life.

The solution to the crime is simple. Too simple for the two men to accept as the answer. I didn't see what was just in front of my face. Did you?

Calamity in Kent is another of the clever crime stories from a previous era, that Poisoned Pen Press has been resurrecting from the British Library Crime Classics. My hat is off to them for reintroducing readers to some very clever writing.

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