Ian Fleming, John Buchan, Patricia Wentworth, British Library, Crime Classics, Whodunit

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‘One brown mouse. Victim of foul play.’

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‘One brown mouse. Victim of foul play.’

Chalk Street, Camden Town, is the busy scene for all kinds of commercial activity – some legal, some a little less so. By day, local crime boss Mr. Rivers works as a market trader, but gladly turns his attention to the potentially lucrative theft of fox-skins in the countryside. However, what should have been a simple robbery leads to a string of murders, and a Scotland Yard investigation, led by Chief-Inspector Thompson. A case in which one of the clues is no fox, but a fat brown mouse …

Death by Two Hands was first published in 1937, and has remained out of print until this new edition. It includes an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

Praise

‘Little people in [the] grip of tragic destiny … brilliantly done’SATURDAY REVIEW OF LITERATURE

‘I have the highest opinion of Peter Drax’s murder stories … The secret of Peter Drax’s success is his ability to make the circumstances as plausible as the characters are real’SUNDAY TIMES

Bibliographic Data

Category: Crime Fiction
Publication Date: May 2016
Territories: World
ISBN: 978 1 911579 59 5 (paperback)/978 1 911579 60 1 (ebook)

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The knife with the carved sheath inlaid with silver, had been driven up to its haft between the shoulders of Captain Geoffrey Hunt.

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His arms were hanging down, but his face was turned upwards. For the first time Johnny saw a dead man.

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He called out, ‘Abie!’ The word was swallowed up in the depths of the hall. It was like a morgue.

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‘There’s been a murder there.’

Tubby stared at him. ‘A murder! Who was it?’

It was the first time in his life that Tubby had been told that he had been murdered.

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‘The man died from wounds on the head. There was no trace of carbon in his lungs, so he must have been dead before he was put on the dump.’

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