The Spoilt Kill: A Staffordshire Mystery


The Spoilt Kill: A Staffordshire Mystery


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Staffordshire in the 1950s. Within the clay tanks at the pottery company Shentall’s, a body has been found. Amid cries of industrial espionage and sabotage of this leader of the pottery industry, there is a case of bitter murder to solve for Inspector Hedley Nicholson.
Kelly’s mystery won the CWA Gold Dagger Award in 1961 for its impeccable sense of place and detail, and for the emotional weight of its central crime. The novel is part of a shift from the cosiness of crime novels before to mysteries characterised by their psychological interest and affecting realism. An influential classic.

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Dimensions 130 × 190 mm

Mary Kelly

Author Bio

Mary Kelly (1927-2017) was an English crime writer best known for the Inspector Brett Nightingale series and her Gold Dagger Award-winning novel The Spoilt Kill. The Christmas Egg, first published in 1958 and republished by the British Library in 2019, is another fine example of her unique and unconventional mystery writing.



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