TRIAL AND ERROR (1937) by Anthony Berkeley

This is another of those occasions when my friend Sergio has been kind enough to allow me a platform to put my thoughts on a piece of classic mystery/crime fiction. Follow the link here to read them in full, and have a good look around Sergio’s ever excellent site while you’re there.

Tipping My Fedora

It’s time for a guest post from my blogging buddy Livius, who writes about movies at his marvellous blog, Riding the High Country. And now it’s over to the man himself:

The inverted crime story is one where the perpetrator is known from the outset, or close enough to it, and the thrust of the story is carried forward by our interest in seeing law or its representatives piece together the clues and evidence that will bring the criminal to book. In short, if you’ve ever seen an episode of Columbo, then you know exactly what I mean.

We submit this review for Bev’s Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt; and Friday’s Forgotten Books meme, hosted today by Todd Mason at his Sweet Freedom blog

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7 thoughts on “TRIAL AND ERROR (1937) by Anthony Berkeley

  1. Reading novels is one of life’s great pleasures for me too. I recently read a 1930s crime novel by Freeman Wills Croft, called “12.30 From Croydon”, which is one of an increasing number of reissues of novels from the ‘golden era’ by the British Library. Croft was apparently as well-known in the ’30s as Agatha Christie yet today?…….
    I mention the book in question because it too is seen through the eyes of a murderer and follows his actions, evasion from the questions of the police and eventual…… Well I won’t spoil it. It’s a very well-written book and is the second of Croft’s books in the series that I have read. Very good.
    Not read any Anthony Berkeley but I must try to get this one. Sounds like my ‘thing’.


    • I have a number of those British Library titles, Jerry, but not that one yet – all lovely editions it has to be said.
      The inverted crime story isn’t always my favorite but can be fun R Austin Freeman wrote quite a few and, as I mentioned, Columbo really popularized them on TV.
      This Berkeley book was released a few years ago by Arcturus in a cheap but attractive edition so should be easy to find.


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