March Musings: Murder in March

Mad hares, the downfall of Julius Caesar and St Patrick’s Day are some of the well-known associations with this month. Apart from a few unseasonable days, it is too cold to venture far, so settle down by the fire and enjoy some vintage crime stories. As well as handy paperback reissues we also have a number of classic hardbacks in stock. Do contact the second-hand department if you would like more information on specific titles.

DEATH IN CAPTIVITY
Michael Gilbert
The unusual setting for this crime story is an Italian prisoner-of-war camp, the body that of an unpopular prisoner, discovered in an escape tunnel. Captain Golyes attempts to solve the crime whilst his co-tunnellers race against the clock to complete their escape route. It is 1943 and the Allies are approaching but the POWs fear that they will be handed over to the Germans before they can escape. Classic crime combines with wartime suspense and drama. Largely based on Michael Gilbert’s personal experience this is a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Paperback £8.99

After his exploits in Italy, Michael Gilbert joined a law firm in Lincoln’s Inn, where he remained till his retirement in 1983. Between 1947 and 1999 he wrote over thirty novels and a dozen collections of short stories. His fiction includes classic mysteries, thrillers and courtroom dramas. We have recently acquired a number of fine hardback copies including Flash Point and Fear to Tread.  These are obviously available on a first-come, first-served basis; if you are interested please email secondhand@hatchards.co.uk.

THE CRIME AT BLACK DUDLEY
Margery Allingham
It is here, in 1929, that we first meet gentleman detective and adventurer Albert Campion. Aristocratic, charming and mysterious, he is equally at home in an ancient country mansion or the shadowy underworld of crime. As the story opens a group of guests assemble at Black Dudley for a jolly time in the country: murder, robbery, imprisonment and arson were definitely not on the agenda for most of them. A classic murder mystery with an enigmatic sleuth at its centre.
Paperback £8.99

 

THE TIGER IN THE SMOKE
Margery Allingham
The setting for this story is the smog-filled London of 1952. Jack Havoc, a killer and ingenious jail breaker, is on the loose and it is up to Albert Campion to stop the trail of death and destruction he is leaving in his wake. The atmospheric descriptions of the city give a particularly sinister edge to this tale of mistaken identities, kidnap and hidden treasure.
Paperback £8.99

To order any of these books please email (books@hatchards.co.uk or secondhand@hatchards.co.uk), telephone (020 7493 9921) or, better still, visit the shop. We are open from 9.30-8 Mondays to Saturdays and 12.30-6.30 on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you.

Tweet This Share on Facebook Stumble Share on Google+ Send to a Friend