Quick Curtain

Quick Curtain

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'Don't talk bunk!' said Mr Douglas. 'You can't carry on with the show with a man dying on stage. Drop the curtain!'

When Douglas B. Douglas—leading light of the London theatre—premieres his new musical extravaganza, Blue Music, he is sure the packed house will be dazzled by the performance. What he couldn't predict is the death of his star, Brandon Baker, on stage in the middle of Act 2. Soon another member of the cast is found dead, and it seems to be a straightforward case of murder followed by suicide.

Inspector Wilson of Scotland Yard—who happens to be among the audience—soon discovers otherwise. Together with Derek, his journalist son, Wilson takes charge of proceedings in his own inimitable way.

This is a witty, satirical novel from the golden age of British crime fiction between the world wars. It is long overdue for rediscovery and this new edition includes an informative introduction by Martin Edwards, author of The Golden Age of Murder.

Title:Quick Curtain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780712357890
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    Quick Curtain Reviews

  • Fran

    Publicist Douglas B. Douglas was a master at convincing theatergoers that his next show would be a sensation. "Blue Music", a musical comedy operetta, played to audiences in Manchester. The public was...

  • Judy Lesley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a digital galley of this novel.I have read many short stories written to satirize the detective story but never a full length novel attempting that fe...

  • Bev

    Thanks to the British Library Crime Classics series mysteries from the Golden Age that have been forgotten are finding a new readership. Mysteries like Quick Curtain (1934) by Alan Melville. As Martin...

  • BrokenTune

    While the satire of the theatre society, mystery genre and adoring public was interesting, I didn't find this to be an enjoyable read at all. Seriously, Tey picked up a similar approach in A Shilling ...

  • Elisabeth

    While the mystery plot itself has next to no substance, Quick Curtain is very funny. I actually laughed out loud several times. The mystery actually just seems like an excuse for the author to have fu...

  • Leah

    Define “witty”...It's the opening night of the new show at the Grosvenor Theatre – Blue Music, produced by the great theatre impresario Douglas B Douglas and starring perennial juvenile lead and...

  • Maine Colonial

    Humor is so dependent on personal taste. I understand why others would see this as witty and clever, but most of the time the humor irritated me. I didn't think it succeeded as humor or as a detective...

  • Susan

    When the hero of a new musical is shot dead during opening night, Inspector Wilson and his journalist son take over the case, since the police are sure that they have their murderer. There's a lot of ...

  • Eva Mller

    The issues I had with this book were very similar to those I had with Weekend at Thrackley by the same author. It’s not funny enough to be a good parody – of either crime fiction or the theatre wo...

  • Greg

    DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE AND HER PEERSBOOK 50 - 1934 - Alan Melville "was a well-known television broadcaster...a playwright, producer, and scriptwriter" reads the back cover. But can he write a crime nov...