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Lonelyheart 4122 Paperback – June, 1983

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 4 of 12 in the Flaxborough Series

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About the Author

Colin Watson was born in 1920. He worked as a journalist but was most famous for his twelve 'Flaxborough' novels, set in a small fictional town in England. Four of the 'Flaxborough' novels were adapted for television by the BBC under the series title Murder Most English and Watson's Detective Inspector Purbright remains one of the most intellectual detectives in the crime genre. Colin Watson died in 1983. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Academy Chicago Pub; Open market ed edition (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897330765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897330763
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,187,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two women have disappeared from Flaxborough. Neither seems to have been much in contact with friends and family immediately before their disappearance. Inspector Purbright is beginning to think something sinister is going on.

When the police go into the house belonging to Lillian Bannister - the latest disappearance - they are still baffled as there doesn't seem to be anything out of place. They half expect to find a body - but there's no trace of one. The only strange things are two letters from someone called Rex who appears to have been planning a future with the missing woman and a cheque stub which shows a payment made to a marriage bureau.

While Purbright and Sergeant Love are casting around trying to find any sort of lead into the case Lucilla Teatime arrives in Flaxborough and joins the marriage bureau. Is she exactly what she seems or does she have secrets to hide? This is not a conventional murder mystery but it is still an entertaining read with many amusing incidents and some marvellous characters - especially Lucilla.

Small town life is portrayed with all its faults and foibles and police work is hampered by suspects who are more intelligent than the average criminal. Purbright and Love make an excellent team and I find it refreshing to read about series characters who do not have overwhelming person problems to solve.

If you like your crime novels in the classic mould then give this series a try. It starts with Coffin Scarcely Used
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Best of the Colin Watson series on Flaxborough, but all twelve of the books should be read in order of publish date to get the full enjoyment of this mystery series. I highly recommend them for a clean, entertaining read.
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