The Arsenal Stadium Mystery


Part of the popular Crime Classics series, featuring the same distinctive style, this novel features the actual Arsenal football team of 1939 as characters, and includes their reprinted signatures in the front. It fuses the worlds of football and murder mystery seamlessly.

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The 1939 Arsenal side is flying high after a string of wins. They appear unstoppable, but the Trojans–a side of amateurs who are also unbeaten in their league–may be about to topple the Gunners.

At the start of the second half the whistle blows, but not for a goal or a penalty. One of the Trojans has collapsed on the pitch. By the end of the day, he is dead.

The mystery is set, and despite a lack of initial clues as to the method or the motive of the footballer’s death, Superintendent Anthony Slade suspects foul play.

A highly popular book on its publication, Gribble’s novel has mostly lived until now in the memory of the classic film. Now it’s time for a replay.

About the Author: Leonard Gribble (1908–1985) was a prolific writer from Devon who wrote under several pseudonyms including Leo Grex and Piers Marlowe. He was one of the founding members of the Crime Writers’ Association in 1953.

Leonard Gribble
British Library Publishing
Publication date
July 2018
256 pages
190 x 130 mm

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