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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review:: Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,fro Poisoned Pen Press ,,via Edelweiss,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it all opinions are my own.

Not to leave the kids out,  but this one is for Mom to read while the kids are busy
(pun intended, LOL)!

death of a busybody cover


Miss Tither, the village busybody, is not the best-loved resident of Hilary Magna. She has made many enemies: bombarding the villagers with religious tracts, berating drunkards, and informing the spouses of cheating partners. Her murder, however, is still a huge shock to the Reverend Ethelred Claplady and his parish.
Inspector Littlejohn's understanding of country ways makes him Scotland Yard's first choice for the job. Basing himself at the village inn, Littlejohn works with the local police to investigate what lay behind the murder.

A second death does little to settle the collective nerves of the village, and as events escalate, a strange tale of hidden identities, repressed resentment, religious fervour and financial scams is uncovered. Life in the picturesque village of Hilary Magna proves to be very far from idyllic.


This novel is part of the British Library Crime Classics series, and the first I had read from Bellairs. It's a delightful Summer read- the perfect blend of vintage British mystery, classic characters and police procedural. With lots of red herrings, this is a page turner, that is perfect for relaxing with and immersing yourself into a different time and place! And it just might make you want to read more Littlejohn books too! Highly recommend it for Summer reading.

About the Author:

GEORGE BELLAIRS was the pseudonym of Harold Blundell (1902-1985), a prominent banker and philanthropist from Manchester who became the author of a popular series of detective stories, featuring Thomas Littlejohn, which were published for nearly forty years.

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