A Bundle of Reviews #11 Or He’d Rather Be A Lepidopterist

He’d Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs (1945) Over the course of many years, The Mayor of Westcombe, Sir Gideon Ware, has systematically turned what was a quaint little harbor town into a popular resort. His means, which included bribes and intimidation, haven’t always met with enthusiastic approval, and have many people harboring ill-feeling towards …

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A Bundle of Reviews #3 – My Aunt in Room Five

Death of My Aunt by C. H. B. Kitchin (1929) Summoned by his wealthy Aunt Catherine to her home for a consultation on her finances, young stockbroker Malcolm Warren anticipates a benefit for his business. But during their interview he delivers a fatal dose of poison to her, unintentionally of course, and becomes a suspect …

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Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs (1943)

During the anniversary tea party of the Zion Chapel in Swarebridge the Alderman Harbuttle begins behaving in an unusually good-humored manner. He leads the assembly in his annual game of crocodile, through the chapel’s winding halls until the revels are brought to an abrupt end when Harbuttle suddenly drops into the darkness of a trapdoor …

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Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs (1942)

Miss Tither, resident busybody of Hilary Magna, knew everyone’s secrets and had no problem bring them to light whenever she saw fit. So maybe it was fate that she was killed by drowning in the vicar’s cesspool? The local police force, being stretched for manpower and inundated with local crimes, needs help and Scotland Yard …

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A Surfeit of Suspects by George Bellairs (1964)

Excelsior Joinery is a company in decline in a decaying section of Evingden, Surry. When an explosion destroys the offices of the company, and kills three of it’s five directors, Scotland Yard Superintendent Littlejohn and Inspector Cromwell are brought in to investigate.  Every line of enquiry seems to turns up a new motive. With one …

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The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs (1961)

“James Teasdale had been knocked from pillar to post by his wife and her family; dogged by ill-luck in business. A no-good bum, his father-in-law called him. Then, he found a bit of peace with Martha Gomm and some respite from his creditors and his extravagant family in a job with the Scott-Harris clan couldn’t …

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