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Murder Makes Mistakes

(1958)
(A book in the Thomas Littlejohn series)
A novel by

 
 
The many admirers of Sergeant Cromwell, faithful assistant and friend of Superintendent Littlejohn, will learn with dismay that, whilst attending the funeral of his uncle Richard, in the pretty Cheshire village of Rushton Inferior, he is shot through the head and his life is despaired of. The fact that Cromwell is quite unknown in Rushton raises the questions of whether or not the crime was an accident or deliberately done.

Littlejohn, casting all other tasks aside, hurries north to the hospital where his sergeant is lying and there the surgeon tells him that the crime was committed by the smallest bullet he has ever seen. A shot from a pop-gun, in fact!

The famous Superintendent settles down in Rushton Inferior, gets to work, and there unravels a series of stories and incidents, some comic, others tragic in the extreme, which finally lead to a solution of the case. In the course of the investigation, the most courteous of all detectives is accused of bad-manners and rudeness, but the convicted criminal in the end writes to him from prison and thanks him for being a true friend!

Reviews

"One of the subtlest and wittiest practitioners of the simon-pure British detective story," New York Times

"Mr Bellairs always gives good value" The Sunday Times

"Bellairs works in a comic tradition that extends from Ben Jonson... Each character has a particular trait exaggerated to the point of obsession or caricature." Susan B. MacDougall

Genre: Mystery    

Used availability for George Bellairs's Murder Makes Mistakes

Paperback Editions

September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Murder Makes Mistakes (An Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)
Author(s): George Bellairs
ISBN: 1-911295-53-5 / 978-1-911295-53-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ipso Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Murder Makes Mistakes (A Littlejohn Mystery)
Author(s): George Bellairs
Publisher: Ipso Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA