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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) (Original 1939; 2018. Auflage)

von Leonard Gribble (Autor), Martin Edwards (Herausgeber), Martin Edwards (Einführung)

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"Gribble's unique mystery, featuring the actual Arsenal squad of 1939, sends inspector Anthony Slade into the world of professional football to investigate a case of deadly foul play on and off the pitch."-- Provided by publisher.
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Titel:The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)
Autoren:Leonard Gribble (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:Martin Edwards (Herausgeber), Martin Edwards (Einführung)
Info:Poisoned Pen Press (2018), 256 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
Tags:English literature, modern literature, mystery, soccer

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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery von Leonard Gribble (1939)

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This is a capable mystery with a unique setting --the actual real-life stadium at the time of the real Arsenal professional soccer club, at the time (1939) one of the top British professional soccer teams. The real manager and players are characters, though after the opening they play only minor roles. The opening is a soccer match between Arsenal and an imaginary top amateur soccer club, the Trojans, quite vividly and (as far as I can judge, not being a serious soccer fan), realistically described, and quite competitive until one of the best Trojan players, Doyce, suddenly collapses on the field and dies. His death turns out to be murder and is investigated by Gribble's usual series detective Inspector Slade. Investigation finds that Doyce (like many later athletic stars) , used his playing skills to seduce female admirers, often in a quite unscrupulous predatory way, which provides the motive for the murder. Doyce is such a nasty piece of work that the reader ends up quite sympathetic to the murderer, who certainly had serious provocation. ( )
  antiquary | Mar 18, 2020 |
When a soccer player collapses and dies at a London stadium, it is up to Inspector Slade to catch the killer. He always gets his man. With little cooperation from those most likely to know anything useful, it is challenging. The man was not popular, and motives or potential motives abound. Slade suspects the murder is connected to the death of a girl a few years ago. He just needs to make the puzzle pieces fit . . . and he finally does. I enjoyed this Golden Age mystery and would love to read more books with Inspector Slade. I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 23, 2018 |
An up-and-coming star soccer player collapses in front of several thousand fans during a match at the Arsenal Stadium in London. Scotland Yard is summoned when he later dies and Inspector Slade comes to the scene. Slade and his assistant Sergeant Clinton investigate the murder amidst the local colour of the soccer stadium, the teams and their routines. At the beginning of the story there's some running commentary about the on-field action, but intimate knowledge of the soccer game is not necessary to follow the story. Of course there's plenty of non-sports activity involving the players' personal lives and careers which leads to the introduction of several interesting characters.

As with many Golden Age mysteries, the murder victim here is not well liked by others, leaving the inspector a full slate of potential killers, both in the soccer world and the victim's personal life. The investigation narrative flows smoothly at a good pace to a dramatic reveal scene in which the killer is unmasked by Inspector Slade.
It's a solid police procedural murder mystery which I can recommend, particularly to fans of the Golden Age mysteries.
Martin Edwards's Introduction at the beginning of the book provides insight to both the story and the author. It's worth reading.
Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley for providing an advance reading eBook of this novel. The views expressed are my own. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Nov 1, 2018 |
Those who appreciate solid prose, masterful pacing, and authors who play fair with their readers will hope to see more reissues from the undeservedly obscure Gribble (1908–1985) in the British Library Crime Classics series.
hinzugefügt von rretzler | bearbeitenPublishers Weekly (bezahlte Seite) (Oct 1, 2018)
 
A truly arresting first act—murder on the field of play, with 70,000 witnesses!—followed by a slow slide into the humdrum. If you’ve ever wondered why the golden age came to an end, Gribble provides some persuasive evidence.
hinzugefügt von rretzler | bearbeitenKirkus Reviews (bezahlte Seite) (Sep 18, 2018)
 

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