The Incredible Crime

The Incredible Crime

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Prudence Pinsent, the independent single daughter of the master of Cambridge University’s fictional Prince’s College, lives amid academics, including her distant cousin, toxicologist and poisons expert Francis Temple. Just before making a visit to the country, Prudence learns that a destructive new drug is being smuggled into the area and that both Cambridge University and Wellende Old Hall, her destination, are suspected distribution points. Initially skeptical, she becomes sure that something is amiss at the remote coastal home of the unpretentious Lord Wellende. Its fabled ghost has grown suddenly noisy, two senior men from Scotland Yard make ostensibly social visits, and Lord Wellende falls ill immediately after Francis unexpectedly ends their long-standing estrangement.
Publisher: Scottsdale, Arizona :, Poisoned Pen Press,, 2017
Edition: First US trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781464207464
1464207461
Characteristics: viii, 232 pages ;,21 cm

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PETER CALAMAI
May 16, 2018

Kudos again to the British Library for resurrecting this 1931 Golden Age mystery by a neglected writer. The adjective "incredible" in the title is very apt yet Lois Austen-Leigh plays fair with readers. Fascinating insights into life at a Cambridge college and also a multi-generational family estate. Perhaps a little too much about riding to hounds, which could have benefitted from some explanatory notes. How many modern readers will understand the reference to the Prudence Pinset earning the "bush" attached to her horse's saddle?
Short chapters seem to make the reading go faster.

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