Death of An Airman

Death of An Airman

Paperback - 2015
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"George Furnace, flight instructor at Baston Aero Club, dies instantly when his plane crashes into the English countryside. People who knew him are baffled - Furnace was a first-rate pilot, and the plane was in perfect condition - and the inquest records a verdict of death by misadventure. An Australian visitor to the aero club, Edwin Marriott, Bishop of Cootamundra, suspects that the true story is more complicated. Could this be a dramatic suicide - or even murder? Together with Inspector Bray of Scotland Yard, the intrepid bishop must uncover a cunning criminal scheme."--provided from Amazon.com.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, [2015]
Edition: First US Trade paperback edition, First edition
ISBN: 9781464204821
1464204829
Branch Call Number: SPRIGG C
Characteristics: 253 pages ; 21 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 21, 2017

Highly regarded mystery writer Dorothy L. Sayers said this "Bubbles over with zest and vitality" and she was correct. This is a highly enjoyable romp with crackling dialogue (at least among the non-police characters, who remain more businesslike in their conversations.) The solution to the almost impossible murder of a pilot who might have been shot before crashing his areoplane, despite being alone in the aircraft, is clever. It's too bad Sprigg didn't live long enough to write more witty mysteries. He died in 1937 during the Spanish civil war, two years after this was published.

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wyenotgo
Aug 29, 2017

A rattling good whodunit, where the perpetrator of the crime and how it was carried out remain a mystery until the end. The story was written way back in 1934, when private and commercial aviation was in its infancy and was regarded almost as a sport. And yet the writing style is not as dated as one would expect. There's no iconic, eccentric master detective a la Poirot here, just some persistent, methodical police work, providing a note of realism to what is otherwise a fanciful story.

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