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Death Walks in Eastrepps (1931)

by Francis Beeding

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Published in 1931, "Death Walks in Eastrepps" by Francis Beeding is a classic British murder mystery that remains entertaining more than 80 years later. Francis Beeding, like contemporary mystery author Charles Todd, was actually two people - John Leslie and Hilary Aidan St. George Saunders. Together they penned a number of popular mystery and spy novels.

Eastrepps is a quiet English village until a serial killer goes to work, striking dead six of the town's finest citizens late at night over a period of weeks. The story actually has two mysteries. Other than the question of the killer, there is the question of who the hero might be. Who will be the person who actually discovers the killer's identity? There are several possibilities, including both local and Scotland Yard detectives. Some of these become temporarily prominent before fading into the background. Most mystery novels have heroes, but this one doesn't, at least not until the very end.

The answer to both mysteries comes as a surprise to the reader, making this novel doubly satisfying. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Sep 19, 2012 |
Eastrepps is a small English seaside town which is the scene of a series of brutal and totally unexplained murders. The victim of the first is a Miss Hewitt,who is killed on her way to church,where she takes flowers on a regular basis. This murder is the beginning of a number of similar slayings,which become known as 'The Eastrepps Evil'. After the local police make a wrongful arrest,Inspector Wilkins of Scotland Yard is sent for.
This was once described as one of the ten best detective novels of all time,and I would certainly concur with that. it is difficult to understand why is is now virtually unknown. ( )
  devenish | Aug 26, 2011 |
A wonder of a mystery with an agreeably high body count and moving courtroom scene. Has something to appeal to all mystery readers.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Jun 13, 2010 |
Mystery, A series of murders in the small town of Eastrepps, According to Vincent Starrett (author of The private life of Sherlock Holmes) Death Walks in Eastrepps is one of the ten greatest detective novels of all times, Beeding pseudonym of Hilary St. George Saunders & John Leslie Palmer.
First edition, London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1931, Hardcover; First USA edition, New York, Mystery League, 1931, Hardcover, 12mo, pp. 284 ( )
  Voglioleggere | Mar 30, 2008 |
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Set in a quaint English seaside resort, the complex plot of Death Walks in Eastrepps incorporates all elements of the classic British crime novel — a double identity, a soaring body count, a case of extortion and a dramatic courtroom scene. This thrilling page-turner was once pronounced one of the ten greatest detective novels of all time.

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Set in a quaint English seaside resort, the complex plot of Death Walks in Eastrepps incorporates all elements of the classic British crime novel: a double identity, a soaring body count, a case of extortion and a dramatic courtroom scene.

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