Review – Capital Crimes

Posted July 16, 2023 by Nicky in Reviews / 0 Comments

Cover of Capital Crimes ed. Martin EdwardsCapital Crimes, ed. Martin Edwards

This is an interesting bunch of stories, loosely connected by location, but somehow mostly hitting the same notes — I guess people felt a certain kind of way about London, and that comes through in this collection with a serious sense of unease about the way you can meet just about anyone in London.

The inclusion of Berkeley’s original short story on which he based The Poisoned Chocolates Case was an interesting one; the details seemed very much the same, and I can’t really remember how the novel turns out differently and which characters exactly get suspected there. It makes me a little tempted to reread it!

The truncation of the story set on the Underground feels a little odd — I guess it was long/rambling, but still, it feels like a key bit gets missed out here, the whole solution of the thing.

Overall, an interesting collection as usual.

Rating: 4/5

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