"Murder by Plane" by T.E. Avery is a detective story in the glamorous setting of the Hollywood of the 1930s. Aviator Reginald loses his wife in a plane crash, an event that is initially investigated as sabotage. Together with the help of his late wife's twin he begins to investigate the possibilities of a murder and its suspects.
Avery has set a great scene for his murder mystery with excellent attention to detail, the 1930s feel is extremely authentic and the descriptions of the flying scenes and the aviation knowledge are superb and make for some very captivating reading. The characters are very good as well, the aspiring starlets and the rivalry are all as one would imagine them to be, but written with a realistic and credible touch rather than resorting to cliquee.
Once the scene is set up the plot moves fast towards a grand finale. Very well done.