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Summary

When the San Angelo drifts into port in the Thames Estuary, telephones begin to ring across the capital and an intricate series of events is set in motion. Beset by dreadful storms in the Bay of Biscay, the ship, along with the 'mixed cargo' it carries, is late. Unaware of the machinations of avaricious importers, wayward captains and unscrupulous traders, Harry Reed and June Harvey are thrust together by a riverside accident, before being swept into the current of a dark plot developing on the dockside. 

A moody classic set around London's historic docks published in 1938, Josephine Bell's unique and atmospheric writing shines in a mystery weaving together blackmail, bootleg lingerie and, of course, murder.

©1938 The Estate of Josephine Bell (P)2021 Soundings

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Great read

I am a great fan of 30's 40's crime books but this is a class above. Fantastic detail about working class life in the Pool. Quite a modern plot and actually quite tough for its time. Well recomended.

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Very enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this 1938 murder mystery set in the heart of the Port of London. The descriptions brought that pre war scene to life. The characters were well drawn and the narration excellent.

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  • 15-06-21

Lost classic

This is an unique, outstandingly fine, lost mystery. The setting in the dock areas of London among poor bargemen and their families is extraordinarily vivid. The author seems to have been a doctor in the neighborhood and so knows it in fine detail. The performance is wonderful. Best mystery I never heard of that I've read in years. Should be much better known.

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  • Mary B. Wheeler
  • 16-08-21

Not your typical investigation

Really liked this mystery with a unusual writing style. Well worth the read and top notch narration. Enjoy!

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  • 31-07-22

Great listen

Hope Amazon posts more Josephine Bell books. The story was well written, entertaining, and exciting.