Items related to Calamity in Kent (British Library Crime Classics)

Calamity in Kent (British Library Crime Classics) - Softcover

3.23 avg rating
( 497 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781464205774: Calamity in Kent (British Library Crime Classics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 
The "locked room mystery" is a staple of traditional detective fiction, but in Calamity in Kent, John Rowland offers an unusual variation on the theme. The body of John Tilsley, who has been stabbed to death, is found in a locked carriage of a seaside cliff railway.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:
John Rowland's 1950 novel Calamity in Kent is an interesting entry in the British Library Crime Classics. With many of the books in this series, following the investigation with a main character brings the reader in as a sideline detective....In Calamity in Kent, the emphasis is on the murder victim's business dealings in Broadgate, and while the number of murder suspects are limited, these aspects, along with the fact that the body is found inside a locked lift, are both subsumed and sidelined by the victim's possible black market connections. So the emphasis is not so much who-dunnit as why, with Inspector Shelley obviously rationalising that if he can solve the puzzle of the victim's criminal life, all other parts of the puzzle will fall into place. If you are the sort of reader who wants to solve the puzzle-in this case, how was the victim inside a locked cliff lift, then you may feel a little disappointed that you can't run with this aspect of the tale. If, however, you are content to be inside Jimmy's head, then you will sit back, relax and enjoy his story.--NetGalley

I like the insight into a journalist's life, even if one had to suspend disbelief as to the extent to which he was allowed to be involved in the case. Some nice detail in the Kent seaside setting as well.--GoodReads

It was a good story, and Jimmy was a charming and engaging narrator. I enjoyed the period setting, the seaside location, and some very interesting characters that Jimmy met in the course of his investigations.--NetGalley

Entertaining mystery set in the seaside, vacation town of Broadgate with an amateur newspaper-man/investigator who, while not completely believable, gets the job done. Burdened with the ever-present and insipid couple that always wiggles their way into an otherwise perfectly good British mystery of a certain vintage; here, at least, the lady in love is a smart woman who gets her due in the narrative. Will definitely continue with the Inspector Shelley series if they run along these same lines.--NetGalley

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy "just along for the ride" mysteries.--GenreReviews

First published in 1950, this reissue of a detective story set in a British seaside resort is an exhilarating example of the "impossible crime," or locked-room, mystery. Rowland shows how a journalist might see what a cop doesn't see, and vice versa, in intriguing ways, as the murder spans out into a black-market petrol conspiracy worthy of Foyle's War. This riveting reissue is part of the British Library Crime Classics series. (Starred review)--Booklist
From the Back Cover:
In the peaceful seaside town of Broadgate, an impossible crime occurs. The operator of the cliff railway locks the empty carriage one evening; when he returns to work next morning, a dead body is locked inside a man who has been stabbed in the back. Jimmy London, a newspaper reporter, is first on the scene. He is quick on the trail for clues and agrees to pool his knowledge with Inspector Shelley of Scotland Yard, who is holidaying in the area. Mistrustful of the plodding local policeman, Inspector Beech, the two men launch their own investigation into the most baffling locked-room mystery a case that could reignite Jimmy s flagging career, but one that exposes him to great danger. JOHN ROWLAND (1907 1984) was a publisher, journalist, civil servant and Unitarian minister whose detective novels have long been neglected. This is the first republication of Calamity in Kent since its original appearance in 1950."

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

  • PublisherPoisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date2016
  • ISBN 10 1464205779
  • ISBN 13 9781464205774
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages276
  • Rating
    3.23 avg rating
    ( 497 ratings by Goodreads )

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780712357838: Calamity in Kent (British Library Crime Classics)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  ISBN 13:  9780712357838
Publisher: The British Library Publishing D..., 2016
Softcover

9781444838695: Calamity In Kent

Ulvers..., 2019
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

British Library
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Softcover Quantity: 17
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New! Not Overstocks or Low Quality Book Club Editions! Direct From the Publisher! We're not a giant, faceless warehouse organization! We're a small town bookstore that loves books and loves it's customers! Buy from Lakeside Books!. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9781464205774

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
7
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.18
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
Byrd Books
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. In Never used condition. Seller Inventory # Nbynew1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
18.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.59
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GF Books, Inc.
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 1464205779-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
19.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New! This book is in the same immaculate condition as when it was published. Seller Inventory # 353-1464205779-new

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
19.83
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Campbell Bookstore
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # NewCamp1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
19.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.39
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
LibraryMercantile
(Humble, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # newMercantile_1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
19.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.39
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldenWavesOfBooks
(Fayetteville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. New. Fast Shipping and good customer service. Seller Inventory # Holz_New_1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
19.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.19
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Books of the Smoky Mountains
(Pflugerville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # newport1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
20.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.39
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
Wizard Books
(Long Beach, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. New. Seller Inventory # Wizard1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
24.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.79
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Rowland, John
Published by Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 1464205779 ISBN 13: 9781464205774
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldBooks
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. New Copy. Customer Service Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # think1464205779

More information about this seller | Contact seller

Buy New
42.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.39
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds