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Death Walks in Eastrepps

(Mystery League #14)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Death Walks in Eastrepps begins quietly--almost too quietly. Robert Eldridge is returning to Eastrepps on the London train for his customary Wednesday night tryst with Margaret Withers. At the same time Miss Mary Hewitt is sitting down to dinner with her brother James. Later that night she will make her usual visit to Mrs. Dampier at Tamarisk House. As she leaves to go hom ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Dover Publications (first published 1931)
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Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Classical mysteries are the best. it has the thrill, the twists, the mystery. If it weren't for the ending, I would give it 5. I mean, it wasn't the best ending, it was the second best to be precise.
Set in a small town, where a serious of hideous crimes starts to occur, and Scotland yard is summoned to solve it. However, the murderer is not an easy one to catch and you won't guess who is it till the end.
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This stylish thriller has everything, multiple murders, extortion, illicit love, a double identity, a dramatice courtroom scene and, best of all, an absolute twist in its tail.

Set in an archetypal English seaside resort the tale is gripping from first page to last and deserves the accolade that was once handed to it by Vincent Starret as one of the 10 greatest detective novels of all time.

I wouldn't like to add much else or the tale will be given away, which the reader most certainly does not wa
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fiction
An absolute classic from the golden age of mysteries, this is a real gem of murder mysteries. Set in a remote English village on the northern coast, it has a large cast of characters and several stories within stories. At the height of tourist season, a series of spectacular murders take place that the local police are unable to solve and, after a wrongful arrest, the help of Scotland Yard is called in. Eventually, suspicion falls on a local resident who has an unknown but criminal past and he i ...more
Jun 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corresponding to the regular clandestine visits of a man to a married woman, a serial killer appears to target the victims who lost money in a venture. The whole town becomes fearful with regular patrols of the street. On the night of one such venture, an up-and-coming Scotland Yard sergeant makes an arrest. The evidence, while circumstantial, appears solid to those reviewing the rest. While the man admits to other crimes, he denies the murders. I spotted the solution pretty early in the novel, ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My edition of this book is part of a series of classic mysteries, but this is a thriller not a mystery. This was billed, on the cover at least, as an Inspector Wilkins mystery but he is largely an nonentity and doesn't solve the crime, others do. I guessed who the murderer was fairly early on, based purely on opportunity. We only learn his motive during his confession. There are no clues given before that, which I can't help but feel was cheating.

The evocation of time and place was well done and
Rick Mills
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-league
This story of murders in a peaceful English seaside town is a page-turner. The main character Robert Eldridge- do we love him or hate him? - is an admitted crook and left many people penniless. Here he is having an illicit affair with a married woman, yet our sympathies are with them both. The deaths start to pile up (there are six), and Eldridge is arrested and brought into court entirely on circumstantial evidence.

The last quarter of the book is devoted to an accounting of the trial, in great
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
A really suspenseful mystery that deserves the "Classic " moniker .There is twists,turns,high bodycount , great characterization(as much is needed for a book of this genre) and a particularly ruthless murderer prowling in a seaside town in the year of 1930 .This was that kind of book which once started ,it is very difficult to put down . Not being a true detective novel ,I think most people would guess the identity of the murderer at about the 140 page mark but that does not reduce the interest ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun summer read that starts as a police procedural-lite, then moves to trial, and ends with a twist and a confession. Francis Beeding was a pseudonym for John Leslie Palmer, biographer and co-author of the book that was the basis for Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound.’ Not nearly as taut as that book, ‘Death Walks in Eastrepps’ still moves along.
J Grimsey
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book is very good and novel. It's sense of place is a little generic and I did not fell attracted to the characters. My copy says "This thrilling page-turner was once pronounced one of the ten greatest detective novels of all time. It was a thriller but not one of the top ten. It even broke one of Father Knox's ten commandments. ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 Stars.
This was rather good and held my interest with a fair amount of creepiness. I couldn't rate higher for the simple fact that I guessed the murderer about halfway through. But maybe I just read too much. Still, a well executed plot. (pardon the pun)
Plot was similar to Murder Gone Mad by Philip MacDonald. Too much of a police procedural, which made it rather boring. Having read MacDonald's, the culprit stands out easily. ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as I’d expected of a book from the golden age of crime fiction in that the murderer was rather easy to guess!
Susannah Brister
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
An engaging summer holiday read for Agatha Christie fans who want something a little outside the AC whodunnit formula.
Aug 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5. Classic old English village mystery. Well done and kept my interest.
Anton Mifsud
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, muder
WOW, this book is one of the best murder/mystery books I have ever read. I think that this book beats some, if not all of the Agatha Christie novels.

In the start of the book, there is a murder within the first 30-50 pages. I thought that only one murder was going to occur in the story but I was wrong.... In fact there are 6 murders all happening in Eastrepps.

I thought the middle was really well written with lots of language to keep me (or the reader) engaded. I thought there were enough charac
Sam Reaves
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book when I was a kid and it knocked my socks off; when I saw it on the shelf at my local library I had to grab it. Things we loved when we were young don't often stand up too well, but this classic mystery from 1931 is still a pretty good read.
A serial killer stalks the streets of Eastrepps, a fictional seaside town in England, dispatching a random selection of residents, men and women. The local plods give it a shot but quickly call in the Yard; an arrest is made but the killings c
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eastrepps, a lovely seaside resort, is stunned by the murder of a local woman. The police are, of course, baffled. Even bringing Inspector Wilkins from Scotland Yard doesn't help as the killer strikes again, and again.

Very atmospheric, slightly dry but this book feels contemporary. This is partly due to the emphasis on the media coverage of the killings and the impact this has on the case. Inspector Wilkins seems a little bland, he's very much the token Inspector, rather than a lead character. A
Jill Hutchinson
You will find this book on every list of classic mystery/thriller books from the golden age....or for that matter, any age. It seems like another of those tidy little books that you will like but not necessarily remember......wrong. It starts off with an unexpected murder and doesn't let up until the end. The setting is a small East Anglia village where nothing ever happens but oh my, there is a lot going on behind closed doors. Soon one murder turns into multiple murders and the chase is on. Yo ...more
Wilde Sky
The precautions that Robert Eldridge takes to conceal his affair with a married woman lead to unforeseen issues as this murder mystery unfolds.

This reprint of a 1930s thriller contains all the classic ingredients – quaint seaside village, a series of gruesome murders and Scotland Yard taking over from the local force. But this goes further than most thrillers – describing the trial and its aftermath.

Worth reading if you like murder mysteries.
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book surprised me as I did not have high expectations but found it quite engaging. This takes place in the early 1930's and includes a bit of everything of the british mystery novel. The detectives/police searching for the killer, the courtroom drama, the mis-leads and an unexpected twist at the end. It also touches on the effect a serial killer has on a tourist town and the media frenzy that catches the nation.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An English murder mystery from the early 1930's, this one has rightly become a classic of its genre. Set in a seaside town in Norfolk, it is a real page-turner as dead bodies are discovered. Meanwhile there is a secret love affair going on between someone with a past and a married woman estranged from her husband. And her cousin is blackmailing her. Inspector Wilkins from Scotland Yard is called in to head up the investigations. As I said, a real page-turner. ...more
Gabi Coatsworth
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this 1931 mystery novel, set in East Anglia. It's a period piece, but well written and full of interesting details of the time. In those days hanging was the punishment for murder, and this fact creates an unusual dynamic in the plot. If you like British mysteries and can get hold of a copy, give it a try. ...more
Emmett Hoops
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written, satisfying, old-fashioned just plain good crime mystery. This was one of those books that made me smile just to think of coming home, sitting in my favorite chair, and reading it. I spaced it out, because it's only some 240 pages, over a few days just to enjoy it longer.

Siobhan Burns
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
An old school British mystery, I believe out of print (took it off Mom's shelf). The fact that I fairly easily guessed the murderer probably indicates this is not the cleverest of yarns, but still quite entertaining, if you like that sort of thing, which I do, very very much. ...more
Ann Repetto
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Chris Phillips
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting, but written in the 1930's , A good read, gets the mood of the period well ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was not at all taken with this book. Weak plot, transparent solution, unexceptional writing.
Jul 18, 2011 marked it as to-read
According to the Haycraft-Queen list, (Vincent Starrett considers this book "one of the ten greatest detective novels")
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Francis Beeding is the pseudonym used by two British male writers, John Leslie Palmer (1885-1944) and Hilary St George Saunders (1898-1951). The pseudonym was a joint effort and was apparently chosen because Palmer always wanted to be called Francis and Saunders had once owned a house in the Sussex village of Beeding.

The pair met when undergraduates at Oxford and remained friends when they both wo

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