This book kept my attention throughout the final word. Good but brief and direct writing, serving up one interesting tidbit after another that kept pulling me along to the satisfying end. Good work, Mr. Steed.
Peter Marklin, owner of a Toy Emporium, finds his quiet life harshly interrupted when a collection of antique toys, worth over £20,000, is stolen. Faced with threats from their owner, he sets out to recover them but finds himself up against far more than the greed of unscrupulous collectors.
He’s in way over his head but at least the prospect of a countryside dig to excavate the remains of a crashed Spitfire can provide a little solace. Yet even this isn’t easy, and a growing resistance to the dig is being led by a local, indignant landlord.
When rather more than the plane and its pilot are unearthed, Marklin finds himself up to his neck in skeletons from the past — skeletons that lead to attempts on his life …
Tinplate is a classic mystery story from as master of the genre.
Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasy Memorial Award, 1987.
Neville Steed is the pseudonym of Norman Keith Sharam. He worked in advertising before setting up his own advertising agency. After six years he sold the business to become a novelist. He lives in Devon. Tin Plate is the first book in the Peter Marklin mystery series.
I found this to be such an enjoyable book.
Has all the elements needed. Mystery, plots layered one on another, heroes, heroines and love.
What more could you ask.
best marklin of all.
Who knew collecting old toys could be so dangerous and exciting? The story was well written, had good characters, some humor and flowed very well. The author also threw in some info in an offhand way about collectors items. A nice, fun read. Recommended.
Wrong spelling in the first sentence made me not want to go any farther! Careered but the correct word was careened!
Normally I don’t like the works of British Authors; but this one snuck up on me. Typically the slang, and pace put me off; but I gave this one a chance, because of the plot. It intrigued me, and the characters themselves were well developed. There wasn’t time spent on scene settings, but enough to keep the story going. I will consider the other works by this author.