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Mystery and Suspense
Author: Francis Beeding
ISBN: 141798810X
Subcategory: Mystery
Pages 284 pages
Publisher Kessinger Publishing (May 2005)
Language English
Category: Mystery and Suspense
Rating: 4.5
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Saunders became known during World War II for his books and pamphlets, The Battle of Britain, Bomber Command, Coastal Command, et. which he. .Death Walks in Eastrepps (1931) with John Palmer as Francis Beeding. The One Sane Man (1934) with John Palmer as Francis Beeding. which he wrote officially and anonymously for the Government, and subsequently for The Red Beret and The Green Beret. So Great A Man (1937) with John Palmer as David Pilgrim. No Common Glory (1941) with John Palmer as David Pilgrim.

Overall they produced 31 mysteries. Perhaps their most famous novel was 'Death Walks in Eastrepps' (1931), a title that the Sherlock Holmes scholar Vincent Starrett once described as the best detective novel that he had ever read. Their novel 'The House of Dr. Edwardes' (1927) was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock as 'Spellbound' in 1945, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman.

This is often called a "classic" of mystery fiction, but like other "classics" in every form of literature, age has a way of rubbing away some of the original glow. I won't use the cliche "dated", but I think Beeding's way of building the plot is, as the British put it, "overegging the pudding", typical of the mystery fiction of the 1920s. There are too many climaxes, too many murders, too much speculation by--and about-- the policemen, and the love story has the tone of magazine fiction,

Another way of saying it: Beeding can't compare with 1930s Christie, Nicholas Blake, Cyril Hare, etc.

The "surprise" ending is curiously flat: I didn't guess "whodunit" but I didn't find the final revelation gripping in the way it should be.

I'd recommend this book only to completists who want to read any and all "classic" mystery fiction, but I doubt many modern readers will find it as much of a page-turner as the books by the writers I mentioned above.
Forty-seven year old Robert Eldridge catches a train from London, just as he's done some twenty times over the past six months. "He hoped it had not been noticed - this anxiety of his to avoid his fellow-men whenever he caught the 7:15 from Fenchurch Street. But that was hardly likely. ... There was no call for anyone to guess that he had a special reason of his own."

His special reason waits for him in the village of Eastrepps. Her name is Margaret, and unfortunately, she's still married to the odious Withers, though they live apart. This is 1931. If she gives Withers cause to file for divorce (there is no such thing as no-fault divorce), she will lose access to her dear young daughter.

But there is another thread to Eldridge's story. That's not his real name. Sixteen years ago, he fleeced hundreds of people when he absconded abroad with an investment fund's cash. He was sure enough, after all this time, that he was safe returning to England with his new identity. But was he?

"Death Walks in Eastrepps" is a good old-fashioned mystery. Red herrings and varied characters, solid and stolid policework, and the first victim is not who you expect it to be.

The plotting is the star, and the author plays fair with the reader, giving you clues to the killer. But there is some fine writing, too: "Sir Jefferson at his desk, symbol of the order, method and style which he had created for himself, was twice Sir Jefferson. He was looking thoughtful, not exactly thinking, but hoping that the thoughts would come, though who would be expected to think at four o'clock in the morning, with the light of dawn indecently suggesting that at such an hour he looked his fifty-seven years, and more, that he was unshaved and wearing a dinner-jacket? The big desk this morning somehow failed to produce that Napoleonic feeling."

Given it's age (originally published in 1931) there is an unfortunate card-boardy feel to the depiction of a young man with mental illness, a stereotype, if you will.

I have a book of Mystery Quotes, that is, quotes from mystery novels. It has given me many ideas of new authors to try, especially authors from decades gone by. "Death Walks in Eastrepps" was one of the entries, and I'm glad I followed up on it.

Happy Reader
I had to go to a great deal of trouble to find this book, and finally found a used copy in a small bookstore on line. I am glad that I took the time to find it though. I did, however determine who the murderer was about half-way through, but that was probably because I knew it was a "least-likely suspect murder". I like the English village setting, and I like the atmosphere that Beeding created when the "Evil" walked the streets in Eastrepps. The book also brings home the tragic consequences of the death penalty. It is blindingly apparent and tragic when an innocent person is executed. Since the book was written in 1931, the death penalty was still very much in effect in England. The writing in this book is superb and it has received the accolade as "one of the ten greatest detective novels of all time" fairly in my opinion. It can't be beat.
Dancing Lion
What a fantastic story right out of the Golden Age of mystery writing! There is something deliciously enjoyable about this book and about Beeding's style. If you're a fan of British crime fiction of the 30s and 40s, this is for you.
I thoroughly enjoyed Beeding and hope to find more of his (or their) books available. There's plenty of misdirection and suspense.
Incredibly, the cover blurb discloses all but the last thirty pages! Who would write such a thing??? It completely spoils the suspense that must have been there for the original readers. Nevertheless, the book itself is well written, and the multiple points-of-view are cleverly interwoven to advance the plot, not distract from it. As you will see when you read the book, you don't really have equal access to the crucial clue, which may or may not be a violation of the unofficial mystery writers' code of ethics, but nevertheless the book is entertaining.
net rider
Great. Just what I expected.