By Francis Beeding.
Hodder & Stoughton.
1934. 294 pages.
Harper's. 1935. $2.00
Martin Edwards reviews a "Francis Beeding" thriller at DO YOU WRITE UNDER YOUR OWN NAME? (15 November 2013):
Having read the book before, I knew the ingenious plot twist that makes 'The Norwich Victims' so special, but I found that this did not spoil my enjoyment. Rather, I had the chance to admire the skill with which Beeding (a pen-name for two writing friends) skated over rather thin ice. I also felt that the smooth and highly readable writing style has stood the test of time.Here's the full review from THE SATURDAY REVIEW (October 26, 1935), archived here:
Wealthy spinster and two men perish at hands of Protean killer. The Yard gits him. - No mystery about most of it and it's none too credible but the way it's told is excellent. - Verdict: Thrilstery* (*cf. brillig and slithy).Other reactions:
For the most part, 'The Norwich Victims' is an agreeable "inverted mystery." — Darrell, THE STUDY LAMP (28 February 2012)
. . . along with ['Death Walks in] Eastrepps,' [the joint authors'] closest approach to a formal mystery novel, it appears . . . — Curt Evans, GOLDEN AGE MYSTERIES (February 8, 2007)
Go here for links to some three dozen reviews of other Beeding thrillers.
Category: Detective fiction