Death Walks in Eastrepps
Francis Beeding was really two writers so is a member of a select group of crime-writers that includes Emma Lathen and Ellery Queen. My copy of Death Walks in Eastrepps is published by Arcturus in their Crime Classics series and is an attractive edition. It was first published in 1931, but is surprisingly contemporary in its concerns - a serial killer, the power of the press to influence the course of a murder investigation, a crooked financier - I did guess the plot twist, but no matter. It was an interesting and unusual motive for murder. The blurb claims that 'this thrilling page-turner was once pronounced one of the ten greatest detective stories of all time.' That is pitching it a bit high, but it's very readable and hadn't dated. And it was a particular pleasure to read it from cover to cover in one sitting, something I don't do often enough.