Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Many thanks go to Net Galley and to the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, for accepting my request to read an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've noticed a lot of George Bellairs books on Net Galley recently, and it's not surprising. He was a very prolific writer of detective stories, primarily featuring his series detective Inspector Thomas Littlejohn.

Death of a Busybody is the third book in the Littlejohn series. After the local busybody is found dead in a vicar's cesspool, Inspector Littlejohn is called in to try and solve the case with the aid of the local police force. The case is made more difficult by a lot of motives and a lot of seemingly unbreakable alibis. Littlejohn sets out to find out just who killed her and bring them to justice.

Full of a plethora of country characters, this book is really brought to life by the writing. Bellairs writes with a fast paced, slightly comical style which really helps the story to flow. I read this book in one day, thoroughly enjoying it. The main characters are described clearly and believably and the plot is well-paced and difficult to solve.

There were a few moments when I lost interest, just because of some patchy prose, but overall this book was, and is, well worth reading. I would also recommend it to newcomers to the golden age crime fiction as well as those who enjoy it.

Star rating: 4/5
This book will be published on 5th September 2017