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The Port of London Murders

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Wapping. Tugs and barges on the river. A west-end shop that deals apparently in nothing but lingerie. Women who sell their souls for something in a little screw of paper. A doctor in the slums who has mysterious visitors ...

In a mean street of dockland a woman is dead, with every sign of suicide ...

A derelict barge casts part of a cargo ashore, boxes which have double ends
Paperback, Pandora Women Crime Writers, 220 pages
Published 1987 by Thorsons (first published 1938)
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Apr 21, 2010 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josephine Bell's book captures the ambience of the river and the slummish housing surrounding it in pre-World War II London admirably.

An ingenious tale unfolds with everything looking rosy to begin with, until some barges break their moorings on the river and cargo is spilled into the river. Discovered by an unsuspecting boatman, there follows amazing developments.

Then begins an intriguing round of incidents which eventually lead to murder. Investigations are difficult to conduct because every s
Jun 12, 2013 B.V. rated it liked it
Josephine Bell was also a physician, so not surprisingly, her novels often feature a strong medical component, not the least of which were two of her doctor-protagonists. She also featured poison and other unusual methods of murder prominently in her plots. Bell and her family were experienced sailors, and the author drew upon this knowledge, too, using many vivid passages in her books that relate to the water and to various nautical details.

Water is certainly at THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS from
Nov 25, 2016 Rich rated it liked it
Not so much a murder mystery as an examination of the police trying to break down a drug ring operating out of a London port.

Atmospheric and feels real, you can almost smell the stench of the river. There are many characters all involved, either directly or indirectly, a debutante with a far too helpful boyfriend, a young shop assistant whose younger brother wants to help the police, a sick old woman who refuses to leave her home, but is worried by the strange noises from the empty house next do
Dec 31, 2015 Lanea rated it it was ok
slightly interesting as a historical document of London, can hardly be described as detective story
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Shelves: mysteries
A little gritty for my taste but good plot
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Jospehine Bell (the pseudonym of Doris Bell Collier Ball) was born into a medical family, the daughter of a surgeon, in Manchester in 1897.

She attended Godolphin School from 1910 to 1916 and then she trained at Newnham College, Cambridge until 1919. On completing her studies she was assigned to University College Hospital in London where she became M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1922 and M.B. B.S. in 19
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