Whodunit, British Library, Crime Classic, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers
secrets can't be kept e.r. punshon
Deep in bucolic Wychshire something dreadful is stirring …
The disappearance of a club-footed and inquisitive youth leads to a tangle involving two instances of stolen jewels, a water-colour which may be the most remarkable picture ever painted … and eventually to the discovery of a body in a forest with ‘a smell of rotting, a smell of things decaying’. The scene abounds with the intense, the afflicted, and the darkly humorous in classic Punshon style. But the murderer himself is on a collision cause with fate – aided of course by Inspector Bobby Owen.
Secrets Can’t be Kept was first published in 1944, the twentieth of the Bobby Owen mysteries, a series eventually including thirty-five novels. This edition features a new introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.
“What is distinction? … in the works of Mr. E.R. Punshon we salute it every time.” DOROTHY L. SAYERS
“Nineteen forty-six starts off well with this specimen of the leisurely detailed school at its soundest, with an ending which … may yet chill your blood” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“A fine example of sound detective work” NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Category: Crime Fiction
Publication Date: August 2016
ISBN: 978 1 911413 40 0 (ebook)/978 1 911413 39 4 (paperback)