Continuing with my reviews of books picked (pretty much) at random from the book shelf we have Laurence Meynell’s ‘One Step From Murder’ originally published in 1958 (although I had the 1961 Fontana Books version). The cover is what attracted me to this book in the first place as it has a very dated look with a frightened looking lady – what more do i need? They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but when you are in a junk shop full to the rafters of books it’s pretty much all you’ve got to go on!
Set in the (fictional?) town of Brightham it’s the story of a man trying to stay on the straight and narrow after leaving jail. He’s got a good job and things are looking up before a chance encounter with an someone he went to prison with leads him on a downward spiral. I enjoyed this book but felt a little let down at the end as it’s all tied up within a page or two and leaves a load of unanswered questions that still annoy me now. I would definitely have given it a better score if he’d come up with a more fully satisfying ending.