It’s about time that the British Library Crime Classics had a challenger from across the pond. American Mystery Classics is republishing Dread Journey from 1945. It is an excellent example of an American golden-age mystery. It begins with a murder on a luxurious train speeding across the US with a large cast of suspects. Sounds familiar, right? But this ride is more a character-driven psychological study than the plot with the shocking twist at the end familiar to Christie readers.
If you like golden-age classic mysteries, you will enjoy Dread Journey. It feels like stepping into the past in atmosphere and setting. Yet it’s topical underlying plot of starlets doing anything for fame still seems relevant in today’s post-Weinstein world. 4 stars!
Thanks to American Mystery Classics and NetGalley for granting my wish for a copy in exchange for my honest review.