Death on the Riviera: A British Library Crime Classic
by John Bude
Poisoned Pen Press
Pub Date: March 1, 2016
The British Library Crime Classics are true treasures for the mystery lover. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to read such wonderful stories knowing that most have been unavailable to the public for over five decades.
Death on the Riviera is an excellent procedural containing two separate but interrelated cases. One is a counterfeit currency racket, the other an exceedingly clever murder. Detective Inspector Meredith and his Sergeant Freddy Strang have been sent from London to aid the French police in the counterfeiting case. A chance meeting between Sergeant Strang and Nesta Hedderwick’s neice draws attention to Villa Paloma. Here at the residence of the rich and eccentric Englishwoman Nesta Hedderwick, an unusual group is brought together, amongst them her neice, an artist who is not an artist, a ne’er do well playboy and his paramour, and a young Englishm...