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  • Another gem!

    This is another delightful visit to Flaxborough – or this time the nearby village of Mumblesby – and another meet up with the quirky characters we’ve come to know and love like Inspector Purbright, Miss Teatime, Detective Sergeant Love and those kooky villagers, and to get to know some new folks, just as quirky and just as interesting. As always it’s a good, solid, old-fashioned mystery with clues and suspects aplenty and Colin Watson’s trademark masterful use of language and wordplay. Some phrases will make you laugh out loud, some will have you scratching your head, and some won’t sink in for a while until you have the ah ha moment. Thanks to Prelude Books for discovering and re-issuing these gems. Whatever’s Been Going on at Mumblesby was another very enjoyable read that kept me guessing until the end. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley; all opinions are my own.

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  • Another enjoyable foray into Flaxborough

    I look forward to re-releases of Colin Watson, Flaxborough books and this is as good as any. Everything happens in the local village of Mumblesby, the death of a solicitor brings Inspector Purbright into some strange going-ons in the village and as usual one thing leads to another. His superior Mr Chubb isn't pleased - the good people of Mumblesby are quite 'posh', but Purbright knows how to get round him, having had many years experience. All together an interesting and fun read with the usual gentle, slightly tongue-in-cheek look at country twon and village way of life.

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  • Whatever's been going on in Mumblesby?

    I think he pinched the murder method from a Dorothy L. Sayers novel, Busman's Honeymoon. I like these books, but there's a fair bit of thinly-disguised sexism in them.

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