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by The British Library, July 2018. ISBN
978 0 7123 5226 0 (PB)
It’s 1939 and the mighty Arsenal FC
are playing a top (fictional) amateur team, the Trojans.The Trojans’ new player, Doyce, is proving a
good selection but he collapses on the pitch and dies in the dressing room –
the death looks suspicious and police involvement shows that it is the result
of poison.Inspector Slade and Sergeant
Clinton investigate -they work
diligently to find out how the poison was administered, by whom and why.The
layout of the Arsenal Stadium (at Highbury at this time) limits the number of
suspects, but the police do not lack motives and clues.
book started life as a serial in the Daily Express (Martin Edwards, as usual,
provides an interesting and informative introduction) and was quickly turned
into a film.It is well plotted and moves
along smoothly, providing an interesting view of the period in which it was
written.There is, of course,
information about the procedures, forensics and approach to solving crime used
at the time, though the tension and excitement may seem a bit mild when
compared to what is currently on offer. The
descriptions of the football clubs and the use of real characters in the plot
contribute to the atmosphere.And, importantly
for some readers, an interest in football is not necessary for the enjoyment of
books by this author:Inspector Slade
mysteries include:The Secret of the Red
Mill, Alias the Victim.He also wrote
under a number of pseudonyms.
Reviewer: Jo Hesslewood
Leonard Gribble (1908-1985)was a prolific writer from Devon He
also wrote under several pseudonyms: Leo Grex, Louis Grey, Piers Marlow, Sterry
Browning, Dexter Muir and Bruce Sanders.He also wrote
some Westerns, under the name of Landon Grant. His books often focused on the
particulars of policing and the judicial system. He was one of the founding
members of the Crime Writers' Association in 1953.
Jo Hesslewood. Crime
fiction has been my favourite reading material since as a teenager I first
spotted Agatha Christie on the library bookshelves.For twenty-five years the commute to and from
London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my local crime fiction book
club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop.I enjoy attending crime fiction events and currently organise events for
the Margery Allingham Society.