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- Publisher: Endeavour Press (February 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T6QKUH2
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Detective-Inspector Hazard is assigned by the Chief to help Littlejohn with the inquiry for which Littlejohn is thankful as he finds the Chief rather unsavoury. Very soon there is another murder and the manner of this one is very inventive, although rather horrible. Inspector Littlejohn has a knack for seeming to be a harmless, nice kind of man, not at all the usual type of Scotland Yard officer the suspects feared he would be, but perceptions can be faulty.
The author has a delicious sense of irony and a dry humour that delights. The characterisation is superb. One can see fat Canon Wallop, who is described as a gourmand, noisily slurping and chomping his lobster and asparagus like a pig in a trough. Bellairs has a wonderful turn of phrase and articulate descriptive prose. The description of the Gala Day Masked Ball is an absolute “must-read” if you want to have a good laugh at the frenzied activity on the dance floor and on the band’s stage.
This is a well-written murder-mystery with a very good plot and more character-driven than police procedural. A very good read with an unusual insight into the killer’s mind at the end of the book. This is one I can recommend.
The Chief Constable is afraid to offend the town big wigs by treating them like the suspects they are. So he calls in Scotland Yard. Inspector Littlejohn of the Yard sees at once that he's expected to do the dirty work, and that the Chief Constable is a somewhat slippery character himself.
As always, George Bellairs' character sketches are brilliant and amusing. The murders are unusual and even creative. And the atmosphere of the town with its frenetic amusements and frenzied band music makes a quirky setting for crime.
The focus in this book is more on the psychology of the killer than in other Littlejohn novels I've read. This lends a modern air to the book, though it was first published in 1945. At the same time, references to black outs, food shortages and evacuations reinforce a war years ambience.
The plot is well done, and the inspector is always endearing. I will eventually read every book in the series, because Bellairs invariably offers a good read.
Well-written. A good read.