“Queenie’s Castle,” by Lena Kennedy

Novel, 1994

East End crime novel set around a pub, with a familiar-feeling cast of gang members, coppers and jailbirds and those involved with or affected by them. While this all feels a little old-fashioned, and there are a few issues, maybe, with the technical execution of some of the writing, for the most part, the story chugs along nicely and keeps the pages turning. Nothing high brow or challenging, but for those with room for the occasional potboiler, this holds the interest and keeps its characters mixing pretty well.

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