The Spoilt Kill: A Staffordshire Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)

December 2, 2020
The Spoilt Kill: A Staffordshire Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)

Discover the captivating treasures buried in the BritishLibrary's archives. Largely inaccessible to the public until now,these enduring crime classics were written in the golden age ofdetective fiction.'The grey eyes, so apt for tragedy, looked steadily upat me."You can't trust me, can you?" she said.'Shentall's, a long-established institution of the StaffordshirePotteries industry is under attack. With its designs leaked tointernational competition and its prices undercut, privateinvestigator Hedley Nicholson has been tasked with finding theculprit of the suspected sabotage.But industrial espionage may just be the beginning. Delvingfurther into the churning heart of Shentall's Pottery, Nicholson'sprying is soon to unearth rumours of bonds cruelly smashed topieces, grievances irrevocably baked in stone and a very real body,turning and turning in the liquid clay.First published in 1961, The Spoilt Kill received widespreadcritical acclaim and praise from contemporary crime writers such asJulian Symons. Widely heralded as a perfect golden age mystery,this piece of British crime fiction marked a shift in the genretowards mysteries characterized by psychological elements. It wasawarded the CWA Gold Dagger and remains a finely craftedmasterpiece of the crime genre.