Quick Curtain - British Library Crime Classics (Paperback)
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Quick Curtain - British Library Crime Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 02/07/2015
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Quick Curtain is a witty detective story, originally published in 1934. It is one among many books that enjoyed brief popularity during the "Golden Age of murder" between the two world wars but subsequently fell out of sight. The author, Alan Melville, was a successful playwright and man of the theatre, and he uses his knowledge of backstage life to good effect in this breezy whodunit.The slender plot revolves around the shooting of the leading man, but when the show opens at the Grosvenor Theatre to a packed house, Brandon Baker is killed by a real bullet. When another member of the company is found dead, initial appearances suggest a straightforward case of murder followed by suicide. But there is, of course, more to it than that. The audience includes Inspector Wilson of Scotland Yard and his son, an enthusiastic young reporter, making an amusing variant on the Holmes-Watson pairing of sleuth and sidekick!The British Library's revival of this book, offers a new generation a chance to appreciate the work of a writer with a genuine talent to amuse.

Publisher: British Library Publishing
ISBN: 9780712357890
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 190 x 132 mm

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“A classic for all time”

British Library classics get better and better and this no exception. Theatrical murder mystery, full of good old fashioned detective work, Scotland Yard at its best. Witty, satirical British crime fiction set between... More

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“The curtain is raised on a rediscovered classic”

This is the first of Alan Melville’s novels to be reissued by the British Library (Death of Anton is published in August), it’s subject of a murder committed during a theatrical performance given extra vitality by the... More

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Emma Smith at Bedford

““...Drop the curtain!””

Another top notch addition to the British Library Crime Classics. I loved this book! It's a great set up with the murder happening in front of an audience. The crime busting pairing of Inspector Wilson and his... More

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