A Scream in Soho, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'For a scream in the early hours of the morning in Soho, even from a female throat, to stop dead in his tracks a hard-boiled constable, it had to be something entirely out of the ordinary.' Soho during the blackouts of the Second World War.

When a piercing scream rends the air and a bloodied knife is found, Detective Inspector MacCarthy is soon on the scene.

He must move through the dark, seedy Soho underworld - peopled by Italian gangsters, cross-dressing German spies and glamorous Austrian aristocrats - as he attempts to unravel the connection between the mysterious Madame Rohner and the theft of secret anti-aircraft defence plans.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
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  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780712357456



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Scotland Yard Inspector Patrick Aloysius McCarthy has a murder on his hands. Then he has two. Then he has three – all in one night. McCarthy has a few hunches, but no evidence. And nothing, it seems, is what it appears to be. With an already full plate, McCarthy’s boss piles on one more case: stolen defense secrets – a packet of material that is surely going to Germany.A Scream in Soho is peopled with a seedy cast of characters – some on McCarthy’s side – and a few aristocratic Europeans of dubious citizenship. McCarthy is supremely confident that he can solve all the crimes – and he’s the first British mystery in my recollection to NOT have an incompetent boss getting in the way. That’s not to say that things go smoothly. My main complaint about A Scream in Soho is that it’s TOO British. Too many unfamiliar idioms, words and dialects often made it difficult to slog through. Once I begin skipping over whole paragraphs, soon I’m speed reading, and then it becomes a chore, not a pleasure and I lose interest. I stuck it out until the end, but there was little satisfaction in it. I’m not certain re-publishing “golden age” mysteries is a great idea, especially for American readers.

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