A Traditional British Detective Mystery
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Discover the captivating treasures buried in the British Library's archives. Largely inaccessible to the public until now, these enduring classic books were written in the golden age of detective fiction.
"A first-rate job"—New York Times
"A classic of the genre"—Guardian
Horniman, Birley and Craine is a highly respected legal firm with clients drawn from the highest in the land. When a deed box in the office is opened to reveal a corpse, the threat of scandal promises to wreak havoc on the firm's reputation—especially as the murder looks like an inside job. The partners and staff of the firm keep a watchful and suspicious eye on their colleagues, as Inspector Hazlerigg sets out to solve the mystery of who Mr. Smallbone was—and why he had to die.
Since its initial publication in 1950, Smallbone Deceased has been lauded as a perfect British mystery as well as a historical fiction bestseller. Written with style, pace, and wit, this is a masterpiece by one of the finest writers of traditional British crime books since the Second World War.
Other books in the British Library Crime Classics:
Death in Fancy Dress
The Body in the Dumb River
It Walks by Night
Measure of Malice
Surfeit of Suspects
Death Has Deep Roots
The Notting Hill Mystery
- Size: 5.25 in x 8 in
- Pages: 280
- Case Count: 48
- Series: British Library Crime Classics
"Ingenious reissue...Gilbert expertly combines fairly planted clues and self-referential humor. Well-drawn personalities and plausible twists are additional pluses. This high-quality whodunit deserves a wide readership." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED review