Summary

Miss Ethel Tither has made herself deeply unpopular in the quintessentially English village of Hilary Magna, since she goes out of her way to snoop on people, and interfere with their lives. She is found floating in a cesspool, having been bludgeoned prior to drowning in the drainage water. This is, in every way, a murky business; realising that they are out of their depth, the local police quickly call in the Yard. Inspector Thomas Littlejohn arrives on the train, and in casting around for suspects, he finds that he is spoiled for choice. But he must piece together the clues to discover who was responsible for the death of the busybody.
©2016 Estate of George Bellairs (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms GM on 26-02-17

great way to spend an afternoon!

What did you like most about Death of a Busybody?

Easy listening. No overworked violence. Just a good old detective story with some pleasing characters.

Any additional comments?

I hope more George Bellairs titles will be available soon & hopefully read by Ric Jerrom

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kl Love on 01-08-17

A wonderful evocation of a time and place

Like the other George Bellairs book, this is quite a decent murder mystery of the classic English-village genre, with many of the expected characters (eccentric vicar, village busybody, interesting stranger). The plotline is sufficiently ingenious to hold interest, and the denouement is satisfying, both in the sense of feeling 'morally right' and because Bellairs has played fair and laid out the clues throughout the book. Indeed, the outcome is quite obvious well before the end.
But for me, the Bellairs books are a real delight because of the care taken to describe the details of daily life that bring a vanished time and place vividly before you. Minor characters are sketched in considerable detail; minor things like what people are eating, how they are dressed, how their houses are furnished, are worked in lightly and deftly, but they go to making up the texture of life; and descriptions of locations (landscapes, gardens) are just precise enough that you can really visualise them. It was this, more than just the plot, that I enjoyed.
The narrator initially struck me as too dramatic, emphasising every adverb and adjective, but I grew to like him very much. His deliberate pace gives time to appreciate the details in the text, and he has the right faintly upper-class sound of voice that seems appropriate for a book like this.
I hope there may be more Bellairs lurking in the Audible shelves!

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