Books: The Best off British Crime

A cut-rate summer ticket to mystery, mayhem and murder

With deference to Freddie Laker's no-frills transatlantic fares, an all-thrills package tour of England can be had for only $49.70 this summer. The round-trip price includes visits to uncharted villages from Devonshire to Derbyshire, scenes of London rarely glimpsed by the natives, a vintage assemblage of odds and sods and intellects, and carte blanche to the last remaining pubs that purvey strong ale, stalwart beef and susceptible barmaids. Best of all, you don't have to leave an American beach to get there; the no-wait, wingless...

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