The Crimson Circle – Edgar Wallace

I’ve only just realised i haven’t done a book review for a while and that wasn’t because i wasn’t reading any, it was because the books I’d read were hiding under a massive pile of paper trying to hide from me. Luckily for me I won this game of hide and seek after a little tidy up of my desk this morning.

The Crimson Circle is about a Detective at Scotland Yard and a private investigator who try to track down The Crimson Circle, a secret society of blackmailers. Although this plot might seem a little worn out nowadays this book has its little nuisances which keep it bubbling along till the very end. Now i have to say i am quite partial to a detective novel and even your daytime TV detective show and i think this could be made in to a good one. It involves all the necessary factors including the police, criminals, the dupe and of course the beautiful bombshell, Miss Thalia Drummond. When James Beardmore receives a letter demanding £100,000 he refuses to pay – even though it is his last warning. It is his son Jack who finds him dead. Can the amazing powers of Derrick Yale the private investigator, combined with the methodical patience of Inspector Parr the police detective, discover the secret of the Crimson Circle?

After i finished the book I decided to have a search of Edgar Wallace as I had never heard of him and this is what it says on Wikipedia:

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875 – February 10, 1932) was an English crime writer, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and numerous articles in newspapers and journals.

Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author. In the 1920s, one of Wallace’s publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.[1] He is most famous today as the co-creator of King Kong, writing the early screenplay and story for the movie, as well as a short story “King Kong” (1933) credited to him and Draycott Dell. He was known for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, The Four Just Men, The Ringer, and for creating the Green Archer character during his lifetime.

Now that’s a pretty impressive list of achievements if you ask me. For more on Edgar Wallace check his wiki page here.

All in all a great little read 7/10


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