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Mystery in the Channel

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Crofts, Freeman Wills - Mystery in the Channel (1931) aka Mystery in the English Channel


Review by Nick Fuller


This early French concerns the murders of the chairman and vice-chairman of General Securities on their yacht in the middle of the Channel shortly before the crash of their company. French, as always, does an excellent job of reconstructing the crime from blood-stains and bullets, and spends much of his time travelling between England and France on numerous false trails. Although slow-paced, there is enough going on to keep the reader’s interest until the end, and although the story has to do with motor-boats and speeds, Crofts does not drown the story in algebra. The alibi is simple but satisfying, and the climax on a petrol-soaked boat is excellent, although too similar to the climax of The Sea Mystery.

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