mb death tunnel

ARC honest review for British Library Crime Classics published by Poisoned Pen Press Via NetGalley.

I’m really glad that Poisoned Pen Press have been able to republish these vintage classics.

Cecil John Charles Street was a most prolific writer.  Writing under the pen names of John Rhode (Dr Priestley Mysteries) and Miles Burton (Desmond Merrion Mysteries).

I enjoyed this Desmond Merrion mystery.

Did Sir Wilfred Saxonby commit suicide or was he murdered?  Follow Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard and wealthy amateur expert in criminology Desmond Merrion to discover the answers in this puzzle.

4 Stars****


On a dark November evening, Sir Wilfred Saxonby is travelling alone in the 5 o clock train from Cannon Street, in a locked compartment. The train slows and stops inside a tunnel; and by the time it emerges again minutes later, Sir Wilfred has been shot dead, his heart pierced by a single bullet. Suicide seems to be the answer, even though no reason can be found. Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard thinks again when he learns that a mysterious red light in the tunnel caused the train to slow down. Finding himself stumped by the puzzle, Arnold consults his friend Desmond Merrion, a wealthy amateur expert in criminology. To Merrion it seems that the dead man fell victim to a complex conspiracy but the investigators are puzzled about the conspirators motives, as well as their identities. Can there be a connection with Sir Wilfred s seemingly untroubled family life, his highly successful business, or his high-handed and unforgiving personality? And what is the significance of the wallet found on the corpse, and the bank notes that it contained?”



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