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Murder Underground (paperback)

Published Date:
March 2014
British Library
Bibliographic Details:
Paperback, 288 pages, 190 x 132mm
Mavis Doriel Hay
Introduction by Stephen Booth
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British Library Crime Classics

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‘This detective novel is much more than interesting. The numerous characters are well differentiated, and include one of the most feckless, exasperating and lifelike literary men that ever confused a trail.’ Dorothy L. Sayers, Sunday Times, 1934.

When Miss Pongleton is found murdered on the stairs of Belsize Park station, her fellow-boarders in the Frampton Hotel are not overwhelmed with grief at the death of a tiresome old woman. But they all have their theories about the identity of the murderer, and help to unravel the mystery of who killed the wealthy ‘Pongle’. Several of her fellow residents – even Tuppy the terrier – have a part to play in the events that lead to a dramatic arrest.

This classic mystery novel is set in and around the Northern Line of the London Underground. It is now republished for the first time since the 1930s. Includes an introduction by Stephen Booth, award-winning crime writer.

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Murder Underground is the ninth book in our British Library Crime Classics series.

About the author
Mavis Doriel Hay (1894–1979) was a novelist of the golden age of British crime fiction. Her three novels, of which Murder Underground was the first, were published in the 1930s and are now very rare. The British Library republished another of her books The Santa Klaus Murder in 2013.

`The style of both these novels [Murder Underground and Death on the Cherwell] is deliciously dry and dated, but that brings with it a certain charm. There is certainly no gore, but there is plenty of vintage good stuff to enjoy.` The Lady
'One grisly murder and a curious gaggle of investigators characterise this intriguing Golden-Age mystery novel.' Good Book Guide

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