Murder in Piccadilly Book Review

Murder in Piccadilly Book Review

Title: Murder in Piccadilly
Author: Charles Kingston
Published: May 22, 2016, Lume Books
No. of Pages: 247
Cover Price: $13.53 Paperback, $.99

Anyone who likes old timey classics, will want to pick up a popular novel in the British Library Crime Classics series, Murder in Piccadilly, which was actually written by Charles Kingston in 1936.

The book is set in London, and Bobbie Cheldon, who is 23, spoiled, and lazy, is waiting to inherit a fortune from his uncle. Bobbie’s mother, Ruby, has invited her brother-in-law, the cantankerous Massy Cheldon over to try to convince him to give him his inheritance now instead of when he dies. It is even more important now, since Bobby has met “the girl of his dreams,” a dancer below Bobbie’s societal station and will marry him if he has the $10,000 per year (a huge amount in those days) to support her. Since Uncle Massy won’t turn over the money, Bobbie’s future depends on his uncle’s death, or he may lose his girl.

Fans of “classic” novels will love this one. It takes place in London during the golden era and is written in such a way that readers will find themselves enjoying a writing style that is reminiscent of writing at the beginning of the 20th century. While the writing is a bit wordy, it is an enjoyable read. The story flows, and follows along with the manners and customs of the day.

All told, those who like to read old novels with a bit of nostalgic style will enjoy this one.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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