Death of an Airman (British Library Crime Classics)

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9781464204821: Death of an Airman (British Library Crime Classics)

“Bubbles over with zest and vitality ... A most ingenious and exciting plot, full of good puzzles and discoveries and worked out among a varied cast of entertaining characters.”
– Dorothy L. Sayers
George Furnace, flight instructor at Baston Aero Club, dies instantly when his plane crashes into the English countryside. People who knew him are baffled – Furnace was a first-rate pilot, and the plane was in perfect condition – and the inquest records a verdict of death by misadventure.
An Australian visitor to the aero club, Edwin Marriott, Bishop of Cootamundra, suspects that the true story is more complicated. Could this be a dramatic suicide – or even murder? Together with Inspector Bray of Scotland Yard, the intrepid bishop must uncover a cunning criminal scheme.

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About the Author :

CHRISTOPHER ST. JOHN SPRIGG (1907–1937) wrote seven detective novels in the 1930s; first editions are now extremely rare and highly collectable. Sprigg was also a Marxist writer and thinker (his political work was published under the name Christopher Caudwell) and he fought for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. He was killed in action in Spain several months before his thirtieth birthday.

Review :

Part of the ongoing effort by the British Library to reissue forgotten but deserving mysteries from the Golden Age of crime fiction, the publication of this novel brings back a crime story first published in 1935. According to the introduction, Dorothy L. Sayers, then the crime reviewer for the Times of London, said that this novel “bubbles over with zest and vitality in describing the exceedingly odd goings-on at a rather oddly managed Aero Club.” Much of that vitality comes from Sprigg’s descriptions of the daredevil flying tactics, complete with gasp-inducing climbs, spins, dives, and last-second pull-outs, of the dashing amateurs who practice and perform in the English countryside surrounding the Baston Aero Club. The unlikely detective here is a bishop from the region of Cootamundra in Australia, who signs up to take flying lessons so he can minister to far-flung believers. His view from the cockpit during lessons is both humorous and hair-raising. The bishop also witnesses the crash of a plane helmed by a top-flight pilot. The bishop’s conviction that the pilot’s death came after the crash, the result of murder by someone who got to the downed pilot before help could arrive, triggers an investigation into the intricate workings of the Aero Club. First-rate mystery and an engrossing view into a vanished world. (Booklist starred review)

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