The 12.30 from Croydon

The from Croydon We begin with a body Andrew Crowther a wealthy retired manufacturer is found dead in his seat on the flight from Croydon to Paris Rather less orthodox is the ensuing flashback in which we live

  • Title: The 12.30 from Croydon
  • Author: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • ISBN: 9781464206733
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • We begin with a body Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris Rather less orthodox is the ensuing flashback in which we live with the killer at every stage, from the first thoughts of murder to the strains and stresses of living with its execution Seen from the criminal s perspective, a mild manWe begin with a body Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris Rather less orthodox is the ensuing flashback in which we live with the killer at every stage, from the first thoughts of murder to the strains and stresses of living with its execution Seen from the criminal s perspective, a mild mannered Inspector by the name of French is simply another character who needs to be dealt with This is an unconventional yet gripping story of intrigue, betrayal, obsession, justification and self delusion And will the killer get away with it

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    1. Freeman Wills Crofts

      Born in Dublin of English stock, Freeman Wills Crofts was educated at Methodist and Campbell Colleges in Belfast and at age 17 he became a civil engineering pupil, apprenticed to his uncle, Berkeley D Wise who was the chief engineer of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway BNCR In 1899 he became a fully fledged railway engineer before becoming a district engineer and then chief assistant engineer for the BNCR.He married in 1912, Mary Bellas Canning, a bank manager s daughter His writing career began when he was recovering from a serious illness and his efforts were rewarded when his first novel The Cask was accepted for publication by a London publishing house Within two decades the book had sold 100,000 copies Thereafter he continued to write in his spare time and produced a book a year through to 1929 when he was obliged to stop working through poor health.When he and his wife moved to Guildford, England, he took up writing full time and not surprisingly many of his plots revolved around travel and transport, particularly transport timetables and many of them had a Guildford setting.In retirement from engineering, as well as writing, he also pursued his other interests, music, in which he was an organist and conductor, gardening, carpentry and travel.He wrote a mystery novel almost every year until his death and in addition he produced about 50 short stories, 30 radio plays for the BBC, a number of true crime works, a play, Sudden Death , a juvenile mystery, Young Robin Brand, Detective , and a religious work, The Four Gospels in One Story.His best known character is Inspector Joseph French, who featured in 30 detective novels between 1924 and 1957 And Raymond Chandler praised his plots, calling him the soundest builder of them all.Gerry WolstenholmeMay 2010

    387 thoughts on “The 12.30 from Croydon”

    1. I have not read any of Freeman Wills Crofts works before, although I am a devotee of the "Golden Age" detectives. What a pleasure!In The 12.30 from Croydon (which incidentally is a flight, not a train), the author takes a totally different slant on both the crime and investigation.We begin with a body. Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris. Rather less orthodox is the ensuing flashback in which we live with the killer [...]

    2. Through the eyes of a killerIt's 10-year-old Rose Morley's first trip on an aeroplane so she's excited, despite the fact that the reason for the trip is to go to Paris where her mother has had an accident and is in hospital. With her are her father, Peter, and her elderly and rather ill grandfather, Andrew Crowther, whose manservant and general carer Weatherup is with him too. Before they take off, they get a telegram to say Rose's mother will be fine after all, so they can enjoy the journey wit [...]

    3. It’s terribly relentlessly horrifying. Crofts has created a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense, horror, and helplessness. By the end, you will be completely torn. You will rather like the villain, but you will also thoroughly detest him.Somehow, he used the very familiarity of his villain’s day to day routine to make it all the more suspenseful. Each small detail becomes so vital. You’ll find yourself searching for clues, but not in the normal fashion. You’ [...]

    4. I have to admit I bought this largely for the cover. I've been attracted to these British Library Crime Classics because they have such appealing covers. I've been able to resist buying them because I'm not really a mystery reader. But this one not only appealed to me because of the transportation allusion and the fact that the title reminds me of one of my favorite books Victoria 4:30 by Cecil Roberts.I wasn't disappointed. The murder happens right off the bat, then we see how it was planned an [...]

    5. As the novel opens, a retired, wealthy manufacturer Andrew Crowther, his son-in-law Peter Morley and Peter’s young daughter Rose are on their way to catch the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris. Peter’s wife Elsie has been involved in an accident in Paris – and although not too badly hurt her family are naturally anxious to be at her side. Young Rose’s worry about her mother is over-ridden by her excitement at flying for the first time. It is also her grandfather’s first time flying [...]

    6. I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley for review.3.5 starsTen Second Synopsis:A tale of murder told from the point of view of the murderer, this book is an in-depth study of the carrying out of a "perfect" crime.I thoroughly enjoyed getting into this one, even if the “mystery” element of the murder-mystery equation was thoroughly absent. It was fascinating to follow the protagonist’s – Charles Swinburne’s – train of thought as a convenient solution presents [...]

    7. The 12:30 from Croydon is the second mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts I have read. Interestingly, they both feature Inspector French and yet could not be more different. Mystery in the Channel is a traditional whodunnit in which French breaks alibis to figure out the culprit. In The 12:30 from Croydon we not only know whodunnit, we are following the murderer from before he even conceived the crime.Crofts was a founding member of The Detection Club, the venerable gathering of the best mystery writ [...]

    8. "The 12.30 from Croydon" is a suspense novel that was originally published in 1934 and is set in England. While Inspector French is on the case, we don't hear the case from his perspective until the very end. Most of the novel was from the murderer's point of view.We know exactly how the murder was committed because we see it happen from the first thoughts to how he carefully planned and committed every step. Like the criminal, we don't know where any mistakes were made or what clues the Inspect [...]

    9. A very good read; it should remind readers of crime novels set in the 1930s that Agatha Christie wasn't the only writer with a great plot to hand. This builds to a surprising denouementover cigars & whiskye villain having been dispatched by pains-taking detective work and the tiny lacuna in the almost perfectly-executed murder of Uncle Andrew! It read very well indeed & sustained me through long days of restlessness over Christmas! Thanks to Maria & Lucy, my favourite librarians, for [...]

    10. True,the pace is somewhat slower, but the story, told from the murderer's perspective, is solid " golden age "

    11. An enjoyable book and, as Dorothy L Sayers notes in her endorsement, and interesting experiment: a book which follows the investigation from the eyes of the criminal, not the detective.

    12. The British Library Crime Classics series has only just popped onto my radar; there seemed to be several people reading the Christmas themed ones at of course, Christmas. Having never read any crime novel that was set later than probably the 1980’s except some Sherlock Holmes short stories, this series appealed to me and despite its uninspiring title, I decided to give this one a go.The initial crime occurs in the very first chapter and don’t let that first chapter put you off as the child w [...]

    13. Interesting tection with a sense of doom. How to plan a murder (or not!). An enjoyable mystery told from the perspective of the murderer not the victim. He plots a perfect murder and then it all spirals out of control. Even at the end you read with interest wondering if his legal team can get him offA worthwhile reprint

    14. What first attracted me to "THE 12.30 FROM CROYDON" was the cover art. On the cover is a teasingly attractive image of a 1930s fixed-gear airliner entering into the landing pattern a few feet above the Isle of Wight. Down below one can see the trappings of a port, docking area, and a ship in the distance. Eagerly, I picked up the novel and began to thumb through it. As advertised, this detective novel (which was originally published in 1934) "is an unconventional yet gripping story of intrigue, [...]

    15. Princess Fuzzypants here:Since I am a young cat, I am so glad that we can read the British Crime Classics, of which this is one. Because they were written at the time they are set, they reek with atmosphere of time and place. It is fun to be transported back and to take part in a mystery. There is little mystery in whodunit. We know early in the piece both the whom, the why and the how. What we do not know is whether he will get away with his crime. We get to experience his ups and downs as his [...]

    16. This is the second book by Freeman Wills Crofts that I’ve read. The first was Mystery in the Channel, which is a complicated murder mystery with plenty of red herrings and I had no idea about the identity of the killer. The 12.30 from Croydon couldn’t be more different – it begins with a murder but the identity of the murderer is known before he even thought of committing the crime.The result is there is little mystery, as Charles Swinburne sets about murdering his uncle, Andrew Crowther, [...]

    17. A super 'golden age of murder' novel. The title doesn't refer to a train, but an aeroplane journey form the Croydon airfield. The first chapter gives us the impressions of a little girl, Rose Morley, as she is woken one night, and told to get ready to fly to France where her mother has been hurt in a motor accident. The other members of her family are introduced and described, but it is Rose's eyes that we see through as they travel through London and out to Croydon where the thrilling 'plane is [...]

    18. Lets go with "of it's time" if you have ever read a book where the killer was known in advance then you have already read this book and it was probably written better. If you have not done so then go ahead you will like it.It's not his usual style, it was his 15th book and written as a reaction to critics who said his books had become stale and formulaic, so he decided to go down the same route Berkeley Cox (Francis Iles) did with Malice Afterthought and didn't nail it. It dragged on and on and [...]

    19. I enjoy reading some of these British classics but not so this one. Felt it was too drawn out, or maybe I just don't like it when you are with the murderer right from the start.It's about a wealthy retired businessman who's nephew is struggling to keep the company going in a very hard economy. Not totally his fault you would say. However he is wanting to marry a wealthy women who's not up to marrying anyone who can not keep her in the fashion she is accustomed to, so he needs to do something and [...]

    20. This was a rather revolutionary book when it came out, I think. For most of the plot there is no doubt who the killer is, but only the exact details and whether he'll get away with it or not. All it will take is a cool head and deliberation, just as he showed in the planning and execution of the murder – but can he maintain it? It's well-written, gripping stuff – a fascinating look at the other side of the whodunnit. The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

    21. Another great Freeman Willis Crofts novel!This time we know the murderer from before he commits the crime right up to the final chapter.A shift from FWC's previous novel, but very welcome non the less.Very highly recommended.I was given a digital copy by the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    22. I would like to thank Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a review copy of The 12.30 From Croydon, an early example of the psychological genre where the novel is told almost completely from the perpetrator's point of view.The novel opens with the death of Andrew Crowther on the eponymous 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris. The novel then moves back a few weeks as we watch his killer, his nephew Charles Swinburn, slowly come to the conclusion that Uncle Andrew has to die so that he can inherit e [...]

    23. First published in 1934, the mystery opens with a little girl giving her take on early plane travel, the 12:30 being a plane, not a train. This reminded me of a Law and Order episode where a couple comes out of a restaurant and are arguing. You are just getting interested in them when they trip over a body, and bye bye couple. They have served their purpose. Neither plane or little girl is seen again. From there, this early attempt at psychological fiction, goes to the nephew of the old man who [...]

    24. Well, I guess I am the only morally-compromised person to read this book and hope that the murderer gets away with it. It is an interesting twist of the genre to begin with the murder and then tell the story from the murderer's perspective detailing all his thoughts and careful planning. I think that since there was no one in this novel who was particularly likable (except Sandy, gotta have a soft spot for a Scottish engineer!) and maybe Peter, I wasn't really invested on a personal level with t [...]

    25. The 12:30 From Croydon is told from the viewpoint of the murderer which makes it very different from most of the British Library Crime Classics. It also makes it a bit disturbing. Charles Swinburne decides that the best way to escape from his financial difficulties and thus be able to marry the woman he loves is to murder a relative. He concocts what he believes to be a perfect crime and the reader follows him through every step of the ensuing drama. The reader is pulled into Charles' life and r [...]

    26. Who killed Andrew Crowther on the 12.30 plane from Croydon? Find out at the start of chapter 2, and then follow the story from the murderer's perspective as he plots, schemes, commits and covers his tracks. Crofts gives us a wonderful amount of detail to get lost in, as we try to spot the errors that will lead to the criminal's seemingly inevitable downfall. His writing genius is particularly on display in the extended courtroom scene, as we join the murderer in puzzling over the question of how [...]

    27. I wasn't too thrilled with this one. Without giving anything away about the storyline, this isn't written from the perspective of someone trying to solve the crime, like most crime/mystery stories I've read. I found myself skipping passages on overly described irrelevant stuff and really missed the whole 'discovering clues with the detective' aspect more than I thought I would. I will probably try other titles by the same author because I like british crime and have heard good things about the a [...]

    28. It was a difficult read, way too sordid for my liking. Finished it just because, I guess curiosity kept me reading but in a disappointing and stubborn way. I do not recommend it for a Golden Age of Mystery lover since it is not typical to this genre. The structure is backwards, and yes this was done on purpose, and there is no virtuous or even likable character. In the midst of so many wonderful books written at this time, the author decided to be innovative in a very dark way. Why? To me this i [...]

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