British Library Crime Classics marathon - Part 1

Very recently, Poisoned Pen Press granted me access to 6 upcoming British Library crime classics on NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews. Rather than having 6 separate reviews for these books, I decided to join them together into 2 or 3 easily manageable chunks. Behold part 1!

Murder in the Museum by John Rowland

Well, it looks like I started with a cracker! Murder in the Museum is a fast-paced, thrill ride from start to finish and, although I did manage to guess the murderer well before the big reveal, I really found it hard to put this book down for a second!

It's obvious from the title that the book begins with a murder in the British Museum's reading room (coincidentally owned by the British Library). The cause of death - cyanide. It quickly becomes clear that the murderer must know the victims habits, as well as his family. But with so many possible motives and suspects, it's up to the magnificently written Inspector Shelley to solve the case.

It truly is a high-octane book, one which wouldn't be too far fetched in modern literature. Given that this book was written in the 1930's shows an endurance to this mystery that many modern books lack.

Star rating: 5 from 5

Murder at the Museum is available now!

The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton

I must admit that I am in two minds about this book. It does have an intriguing and certainly very tense plot, but there was something about the beginning, where the detective's ideas leapt about like a fish out of water, that stopped me from loving it. However, as the book progressed, the story came alive and it was heart-stopping in places.

High Eldersham, a small village in the East Anglian coast, is the sight of the murder of a pub landlord. As the investigation opens, the lead investigator, Young, decides that there is something much bigger going on than just a simple murder. The villagers hold a secret that is dark and sinister that ensures no stranger to their village will stay for long. But what could it be? Together with his friend, Merrion (an amateur sleuth of sorts), Young must not only track the murderer, but also the solve the deadly mystery.

The excitement in the second half makes up for the bizarreness of the beginning and, all in all, I did enjoy this book.

Star rating: 4 from 5

The Secret of High Eldersham will be published on 7th June 2016