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

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

Captain Eric Macrae is down on his luck, living in a cheap London boarding house and on his wits. When chance puts a string of valuable pearls his way, he can’t resist stealing them. But the pursuit of easy money is derailed first by Peggy, a neighbourhood girl who begins to suspect Macrae is up to no good. And then a well-known fence winds up dead … enter Chief Inspector Thompson of Scotland Yard.

Tune to a Corpse was first published in 1938, and has remained out of print until this new edition. It includes an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

Praise

‘London underworld life is described with colour and realism. The steps in the weakling killer’s descent to Avernus are thrillingly traced.”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 61 8 (paperback)/978 1 911579 62 5 (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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‘One brown mouse. Victim of foul play.’

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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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