Fatal Venture (1939) by Freeman Wills Crofts

Fatal Venture by Freeman Wills Crofts

6 stars (6/10 stars)

Well, we’ve got a bit of a puzzle now, no mistake.”

When a chance meeting with a stranger on a train offers Harry Morrison the opportunity of a lifetime, he grabs it. Charles Bristow has a brilliant new business idea: refurbish outdated ocean liners for inexpensive cruises that move continuously around the British Isles. Rather than a fixed cruise, passengers can hop on or off as they like, more like a floating hotel. Harry’s expertise as a travel agent will be key to making this plan work. Once they’ve added a third partner, bored millionaire John Stott, the enterprise seems foolproof.

Disagreements start cropping up between the partners almost immediately, however, and a competitor is trying to beat them to the market. Tensions rumble beneath the surface, until murder finally strikes during a cruise. Inspector French must plumb these murky depths in search of the truth. Continue reading “Fatal Venture (1939) by Freeman Wills Crofts”

The Cask (1920) by Freeman Wills Crofts

The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts book cover

6 stars (6/10 stars)

“A cask containing money and a human hand—probably a body,” he mused. “It’s a queer business and something has got to be done about it.”

The Insular and Continental Steam Navigation Company handles countless shipments every day. Accidents are rare, but they do happen. When some wooden casks are damaged, a clerk is sent to examine the cargo. To his shock, the crack in one of the casks reveals gold sovereigns…and a woman’s hand. Inspector Burnley of Scotland Yard must pursue the mysterious cask all over London and Paris before he can discover the dark secrets it contains. Continue reading “The Cask (1920) by Freeman Wills Crofts”