Death of an Airman (British Library Crime Classics)

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Christopher St John Sprigg was born in Putney in 1907, but left school at 15 after his father lost his job as literary editor of the Daily Express. Christopher started working for a local newspaper. Interested in aviation and writing, he catered for both passions by becoming involved with an aeronautics publishing business, and in 1930 he published The Airship: its Design, History, Operation and Future. This was followed two years later by a book titled Fly with Me: an elementary textbook on the art of piloting, and later by Let's Learn to Fly.

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Part of the ongoing effort by the British Library to reissue forgotten but deserving mysteries from the Golden Age of crime fiction, the publication of this novel brings back a crime story first published in 1935. According to the introduction, Dorothy L. Sayers, then the crime reviewer for the Times of London, said that this novel “bubbles over with zest and vitality in describing the exceedingly odd goings-on at a rather oddly managed Aero Club.” Much of that vitality comes from Sprigg’s descriptions of the daredevil flying tactics, complete with gasp-inducing climbs, spins, dives, and last-second pull-outs, of the dashing amateurs who practice and perform in the English countryside surrounding the Baston Aero Club. The unlikely detective here is a bishop from the region of Cootamundra in Australia, who signs up to take flying lessons so he can minister to far-flung believers. His view from the cockpit during lessons is both humorous and hair-raising. The bishop also witnesses the crash of a plane helmed by a top-flight pilot. The bishop’s conviction that the pilot’s death came after the crash, the result of murder by someone who got to the downed pilot before help could arrive, triggers an investigation into the intricate workings of the Aero Club. First-rate mystery and an engrossing view into a vanished world. (Booklist starred review)

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