Wobble to Death (Sergeant Cribb #1)
In 1879, race walking competitions, known as “wobbles,” were all the rage. The death of a contender, followed by a second murder, introduces Sergeant Cribb, who goes on to investigate sports-related deaths in a series of eight books.
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Short, sweet, and fun. Almost too many red herrings to be brilliant. But a great, quick, historically interesting, and light mystery read.
The story is set in London, 1879 and is centered around a pedestrian race at the Agricultural Hall. From the foreword, these races took place fairly regularly, where groups or walkers would participate in a 6 day race, with the winner being the one who was able to walk the longest distance ...more
Phew, I never noticed what the women were like in this when I read these decades ago! Mrs. Darrell was one hot number! I suppose it's playing against the Victorian stereotype.
Pedestrian races were apparently very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The one in this story is a six-day walk/run with a substantial prize for the winner - not to mention all the side-bets. Captain Chadwick is only persuaded to take part if he and ...more
It is a cold November morning in 1879 and a dozen ‘pedestrians’ in silk drawers and white tights gather at the Agricultural Hall in Islington, a structure so vast that it contains its own fog. The occasion is a ‘wobble’—a grueling six-day marathon race. This is the setting of Peter Lovesey’s first Victorian mystery, now reissued.
The competitors are rough working-class types except for Captain Chadwick, ex Guards officer and the favo ...more
Sgt. Cribb is a smart fellow who is paired up with PC Thackery to investigate the death of a "pedestrian". But in the days when this story is set (1879 England) a "pedestrian" was a marathon walker who participated in 6 day long events for prize money. These were si ...more
Oh, by the way, the winner walks over 500 miles. But I won't tell you who that is.