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Death of an Airman
by Christopher St. John Sprigg
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Poisoned Pen, 2015 (1934)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg first saw the light of day in 1934 during what has been called the Golden Age of Crime Writing before there was what became known as a genre. The story is just as viable today as it was back two years after I was born.

George Furnace, an Australian, had been a flight instructor at Baston Aero Club. That is until his premature death in a crash, witnessed by members and employees of the club. Hard to believe that this World War I flying ace would crash his plane on a day perfect for flying.

Edwin Marriot, Bishop of Cootamundra, had decided that his parish in Australia was so widely flung, that he would learn to fly so he could more ably tend to his flock. His flying lessons are put on hold by the crash, which seemed a suspicious one to the Bishop. Determined to be of help, he insists on an autopsy - it proves the doomed pilot was shot. How could that be? Can you see how this was accomplished? Must have been suicide! Or was it?

Death of an Airman had me guessing. I never came up with the solution until the end of the book. And even then was wrong. Good reading, and a tribute to the writers of the 30s who introduced mysteries to the reading public, as well as a good plot and characters.

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