Another British Library Crime Classics double feature!

Many thanks go to Net Galley and to Poisoned Pen Press, the publisher, for allowing me to read the advance readers copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews.

In what will be the final part of this springs British Library Crime Classics marathon, things are a bit different to normal. Why? Well, the books reviewed are very different in that only one of them is fictional.

The Incredible Crime by Lois Austen-Leigh

Based both in Suffolk and in Cambridge, this book tries to marry two normally separate types of crime fiction, city crimes and countryside crimes. It begins in Cambridge when Prudence Pinsent is told that someone is smuggling and her cousin is the main suspect. In fact, as she quickly discovers, the whole family is in on it. With the police hot on the trail, will Prudence be able to persuade her cousin to give up the game before it is too late?

With the occasional reference to her famous ancestor, Lois Austen-Leigh tells this tale in a very engaging way. A couple of negatives were to do with the views on fox hunting, but the book is from an era when this was considered to be perfectly acceptable behaviour for the upper classes. The writing is reasonable, but I don't think it is anything special, however the conclusion of the book is excellent in its execution. It is a nice read, and not at all heavy.

Star rating: 3/5
The Incredible Crime
This book is due for release on 4th July 2017

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

This is a non-fiction history, if you like, of the classic crime genre, starting with Sherlock Holmes. The book is nicely separated into 24 chapters, each looking at a different aspect of the genre before giving a few spoiler-free examples of books in that aspect. I read this quite quickly and managed to find a few of the books for free on Amazon, and added the rest that I could find to my wishlist.

The book is engagingly written, allowing for the reader to maybe not have much knowledge of the classic crime stories, especially the older ones, but it is quite inspiring and you can see Martin Edwards' passion shining through in the text. This is definitely a great addition to the collection and would make a great starting point for any of you who don't know the best place to start.

Star rating: 5/5
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
This book is due for release on 1st August 2017

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