Crofts tries to combine the inverted detective story with Christian evangelism. Let there be carnage.
Something of a departure for Crofts: an intimate, domestic story, seen from a woman’s perspective.
Inspector French investigates when old Mr. Radlett is blown up on a Cornish beach.
The Southern Railway Company is widening the Redchurch-Whitness railway line in Dorset. One of the engineers, young Ronnie Ackerley, is found dead on the tracks, ostensibly the victim of an accident; another engineer apparently hangs himself a few months later. But Inspector French thinks otherwise.
To call it Author Overboard would be too harsh, but Crofts is definitely treading water.
This was first published in my Master's thesis on the detective story, University of Sydney, 2011/12. The reader should check out: Mike Grost's article on Crofts Curtis Evans' Masters of the “Humdrum Mystery”: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-1961 (2012). REVISED: I have incorporated the … Continue reading Freeman Wills Crofts