A Friday Post: Inspector French’s Greatest Case, by Freeman Wills Croft

Hello friends!

I’ve picked up on a couple of memes for Friday thanks to Margaret at BooksPlease.


Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My current read is Inspector French’s Greatest Case, by Freeman Wills Crofts.


The back streets surrounding Hatton Garden, in the City of London, do not form at the best of times a cheerful or inspiring prospect. Narrow and mean, and flanked with ugly, sordid-looking buildings grimy from exposure to the smoke and fogs of the town and drab from the want of fresh paint, they can hardy fail to strike discouragement into the heart of anyone eager for the uplift of our twentieth century civilisation.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  • Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.
  • Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

A snippet from page 56:

French obtained some samples of his handwriting, but no photograph of him was available.

About the book:

From the Collins Crime Club archive, the first Inspector French novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed ‘The King of Detective Story Writers’.
At the offices of the Hatton Garden diamond merchant Duke and Peabody, the body of old Mr Gething is discovered beside a now-empty safe. With multiple suspects, the robbery and murder is clearly the work of a master criminal, and requires a master detective to solve it. Meticulous as ever, Inspector Joseph French of Scotland Yard embarks on an investigation that takes him from the streets of London to Holland, France and Spain, and finally to a ship bound for South America . . .

Would you keep reading?!

7 thoughts on “A Friday Post: Inspector French’s Greatest Case, by Freeman Wills Croft

  1. This sounds great! I love vintage mysteries and haven’t come across this series before. I’m definitely going to look it up. Thanks for joining us on Book Beginnings!

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  2. I really like the opening. It sets the mood well and drew me in. Now I want to continue reading! I haven’t heard of this author before, I’m afraid. I am definitely interested in giving his work a try. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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