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Mystery in the Channel
by Freeman Wills Crofts
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (1931)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The steamer Chichester is in the process of making its usual run to France across the English Channel when what appears to be a derelict vessel is sighted, floating in the water with no sign of life. Boarding the yacht, crewmen from the Chichester find two dead men, apparently shot but with no gun to be found!

In conjunction with British Library Crime Classics, Poisoned Pen Press is resurrecting another mystery from the 1930s, which has been called the Golden Age of Crime Writing. Mystery in the Channel is one of these intriguing tales.

Inspector French of Scotland Yard is handed the case, which involves not only the dead men but also luxurious yachts. He finds that there a good many suspects. International high-powered banking plays a role as well as British and French coastal towns. And we mustn't forget the English Channel and some very shady players.

The English have a way with their mysteries they do know how to write them well. Mystery in the Channel is no exception. It holds up with the passage of years and provides hours of reading pleasure. I picture past readers sitting in a comfortable chair by a smoldering fire with a snifter of brandy at hand while trying to decide who is a killer and why. Can't get any better than that.

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