Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg

One of the selections of the British Library Crime Classics series, Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg, was originally published in 1935. 

In this mystery, Edwin Marriott, Bishop of Cootamundra in Australia, is in on vacation in England and interested in flying lessons. While he's at Baston Aero Club, the plane of George Furnace crashes. It's hard for everyone at the aerodrome to imagine that a flyer as accomplished as Furnace would crash his plane. Did he crash, or did he commit suicide over a lost love? 

The Bishop, it turns out, knows a thing or two about murder investigations and has his own observations and questions. When it's learned that Furnace actually died from a gunshot wound to the head right before the plane went down (when no other airplanes were in the sky), this revelation sets in motion a plot which goes from London to France and then to Glasgow.  

The characters are amusing and some of them a bit quirky. It's hard to go wrong with names like Lady Crumbles, Lord Entourage, Sally Sackbut, Bernard Bray, and there are others.

I like mysteries that take place during the 1930s, and I enjoyed this one. Death of an Airman is a quick read, and the plot took interesting twists and turns. There were surprises that kept me reading to see how it would all work out in the end.

I recommend Death of an Airman and look forward to reading more from the British Library Crime Classics series.

I was provided an electronic copy of this book from Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Love the covers of these classics. I've got two waiting patiently in my reading queue.