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Death Drops the Pilot

(A book in the Thomas Littlejohn series)
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On a twilit autumn night, the Falbright Jenny ferries forty passengers back to Falbright from Elmer’s Creek. Except, before the ferry can make it across the River Hore, she ends up marooned on a sand back. Mysteriously, the skipper is no where to be found.

But when the pilot’s body is later found under the pier, stabbed in the back, local authorities realise this was more than just an accident.

Though Scotland Yard’s best and brightest, Detective-Inspector Littlejohn and Sergeant Cromwell, are called in to investigate the case, they make slow progress solving the small town crime.

From local liars to wartime secrets, the whole case is muddled. The only thing that is clear: someone is trying to cover their tracks and Littlejohn and Cromwell must trace the few clues they have in order to solve the mystery before any one else dies.


‘One of the subtlest and wittiest practitioners of the simon-pure British detective story’ – The New York Times

‘Mr Bellairs always gives good value’ – The Sunday Times

‘Pure British detective story’ – The New York Times

‘Head and shoulders above the average of our day’ – Madison Capital Times

‘Sure-fire, that’s Bellairs’ – New York Herald Tribune

‘The excellent Inspector Littlejohn… is a pleasure to watch’ – Francis Iles of The Sunday Times

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for George Bellairs's Death Drops the Pilot

Hardback Editions

December 1991 : UK Hardback

Title: Death Drops the Pilot (Ulverscroft large print series)
Author(s): George Bellairs
ISBN: 0-7089-2547-2 / 978-0-7089-2547-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Death Drops the Pilot
Author(s): George Bellairs
ISBN: 1-913099-16-4 / 978-1-913099-16-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Agora Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Death Drops the Pilot
Author(s): George Bellairs
Publisher: Agora Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU