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Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston

Murder in Piccadilly (1936)

by Charles Kingston

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A naïve and poor 23 yr old society man, Bobby Cheldon is has fallen in love with Nancy, a young woman who wants a career on the stage. Nancy won’t leave the theater unless she can marry a wealthy man and Bobby won’t inherit his uncle’s estate until he dies but he’s only 53. Nancy’s “manager” sees an opportunity for blackmail and starts manipulating the situation to his advantage. I really enjoyed the couple surprise twists at the end. ( )
  Kathy89 | Jun 11, 2016 |
23-year-old Bobbie Cheldon has been raised in impoverished gentility in a poor part of London, but he will inherit a Sussex manor house and 10,000 pounds a year when his rich Uncle Massy Cheldon dies. Bobbie falls desperately in love with Nancy Curzon, a 19-year-old dancer he meets in a seedy nightclub wonderfully called the Frozen Fang. Nancy is a smart Cockney girl, and lets it be known that the only man she'll marry is a rich one. Through Nancy, Bobbie also meets the sinister but affable Nosey Ruslin, a former prizefighter and theatrical manager. Nosey slyly plants the idea in Bobbie's mind to secure his fortune, and Nancy, by getting rid of nasty Uncle Massy. Bobbie is at first horrified, but quickly embraces the idea as his only solution.

Not a whodunnit, but a "will they get away with it?" as ponderous Chief Inspector Wake of Scotland Yard methodically investigates the case. There is a surprising twist at the end that delighted me as much as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. A good-natured old-fashioned thriller, as the Introduction says. ( )
  booksandscones | Oct 1, 2015 |
I just love that Poisoned Pen Press is reprinting British mysteries from the golden age of that genre (1930's to 1950's). The first choice is a good one. The book is about a man who will inherit great wealth if his uncle passes away. To complicate things the love of his life will not marry him until he becomes a man of means. When his uncle is stabbed to death at Piccadilly Square he becomes the obvious suspect. The last half of the novel is full of unsuspected twists and turns that caught me off guard. Kudos to P. P. P. and posthumously the author Charles Kingston. ( )
  muddyboy | Aug 1, 2015 |
I was disappointed in this. It was slightly treacle like to read and there is no real mystery. You know all along who the killer is - it's the getting to the point and whether the policeman will get there that the story follows. None of the characters are at all likeable.
And I didn't get the end at all - is there someone else - did I miss something?
But if the surprise wife is involved it still doesn't make sense, as the Fagin like character still makes nothing out of it as far as we are aware Wouldn't recommend this as a read. ( )
  infjsarah | Mar 8, 2015 |
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"My dear Ruby," said Massy Cheldon with a vinous good humour derived from a delectable lunch for which he had not paid, "falling in love is like falling downstairs -- you don't mean to do either."
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'Scores of men and women died daily in London, but on this day of days one of them had died in the very midst of a crowd and the cause of his death was a dagger piercing his heart. Death had become something very real.' When Bobbie Cheldon falls in love with a pretty young dancer at the Frozen Fang night club in Soho, he has every hope of an idyllic marriage. But Nancy has more worldly ideas about her future: she is attracted not so much to Bobbie as to the fortune he expects to inherit. Bobbie's miserly uncle Massy stands between him and happiness: he will not relinquish the ten thousand a year on which Nancy's hopes rest. When Bobbie falls under the sway of the roguish Nosey Ruslin, the stage is set for murder in the heart of Piccadilly - and for Nancy's dreams to be realised. When Chief Inspector Wake of Scotland Yard enters the scene, he uncovers a tangled web of love affairs, a cynical Soho underworld, and a motive for murder.

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