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on 10 August 2012
Eastrepps, a lovely seaside resort, is stunned by the murder of a local woman. The police are, of course, baffled. Even bringing Inspector Wilkins from Scotland Yard doesn't help as the killer strikes again, and again.

Very atmospheric, slightly dry but this book feels contemporary. This is partly due to the emphasis on the media coverage of the killings and the impact this has on the case. Inspector Wilkins seems a little bland, he's very much the token Inspector, rather than a lead character. As for whodunnit, well you'll see. The authors whip up a fair bit of suspense towards the end, partly due to the high body count - no one is safe in Eastrepps. A great read in a welcome series of re-issues.
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on 9 March 2012
I read this book from cover to cover - could not put it down! I am so pleased to see some of these good old whodunits coming back into print - makes up for all the trash that is currently being published, especially in this genre.
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on 8 February 2014
Death Walks in Eastrepps was first published in 1931, but is surprisingly contemporary in its concerns - a serial killer, the power of the press to influence the course of a murder investigation, a crooked financier - I did guess the plot twist, but no matter. It was an interesting and unusual motive for murder. The blurb claims that 'this thrilling page-turner was once pronounced one of the ten greatest detective stories of all time.' That is pitching it a bit high, but it's very readable and hadn't dated too much.
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on 19 April 2012
I really enjoy crime novels written in the golden age of crime writing and this is one of the best. I live in Norfolk and there are villages named Southrepps and Northrepps near the coast but of course no Eastrepps. About 5 pages in though I realised it was a jokey name for Cromer as the church is exactly as described as is the tennis club where it is put. All the other names of places are genuine with the exception of Banton which I think should be Gunton which was a small place with a big house with a station on the Norwich to Cromer line. One error was made as there is a description of the sun sinking over the sea. Cromer faces North East the sun would rise over the sea. This book has everything as other reviewers have said and I recommend it to all crime readers.
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on 9 June 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had everything that one could want in a classic murder mystery and more. It has the unexpected initial murder in a small English tourist town, the local reaction, police politics, another murder, media attention and its influence, the impact the murders have on the lives of locals and tourists, a riveting trial, the thoughts of the jury, consequences and a great ending.

Although it was written in 1931 it had a very modern feel to it and in no way felt dated – apart from hanging!

Why is this not better known? It deserves to stand proudly with other classics from the “golden era of crime”.
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VINE VOICEon 10 August 2011
Most good crime fiction makes one almost want to read too fast sometimes. 'Death Walks In Eastrepps', however, is rare in being a page turner to be savoured. Halfway through, I found myself hoping it wouldn't end too quickly, so well is the story told.

Although it is headlined 'An Inspector Wilkins Mystery', Wilkins tends to be on the periphery, the viewpoints of the villagers being central to the tale. The setting is a small, but busy Norfolk seaside resort and the various plots are very teasing. There is, for example, the local police chief, a jealous halfwit; a journalist who, though on a family holiday, can't resist the lure of a scoop; Eldridge, a man with something to hide; and the local squire-type, who sees himself as a patriarch.

The attentive and thoughtful reader, however, does have a more sporting chance of working out who the killer is than with most whodunnits. The authors' (for Francis Beeding was a pseudonym for two collaborative writers) ability to deceive the reader is not as great as those of Christie, Sayers or Allingham. Written in 1931, this is one of a handful of crime novels resurrected by Arcturus. I have also read the Francis Durbridge and Victor Canning releases and enjoyed all three, but this one the most. Hopefully, there will be more to come.
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on 16 October 2012
I gave up on this one after a while -- a rare experience. I just didn't feel like reading further. I didn't feel any empathy with *any* of the characters. They all seemed thoroughly unpleasant people. Try a Dorothy Sayers instead.
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