Corpses in Enderby

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Corpses in Enderby Ned Bunn wasn t a popular member of the community of Enderby and there were people who had wished him dead But when he was murdered on the doorstep of his own shop there was a terrible outcry When In

  • Title: Corpses in Enderby
  • Author: George Bellairs
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ned Bunn wasn t a popular member of the community of Enderby, and there were people who had wished him dead But when he was murdered on the doorstep of his own shop there was a terrible outcry When Inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard investigates the case, there are some startling revelations of Bunn and his family, before the final tracking down of the murderer.

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    1. Mike on said:

      This is the third Inspector Littlejohn story I've read in the past month and it's very different from the others. The plot is denser and the characters are all decidedly unlikeable. In some ways, Bellairs excelled himself with this one. The scenes of quietly desperate, domestic squalor, the massively-tentacled clan at the centre of the story, the monstrous matriarchs just about holding things together, the names it's almost Dickensian.However, the author committed the cardinal sin of mystery wri [...]

    2. Ivonne Rovira on said:

      Having read three books by George Bellairs — Death of a Busybody, The Dead Shall Be Raised and Murder of a Quack — I jumped at the chance to buy the twenty-second book in the series featuring Scotland Yard detective Thomas Littlejohn for free on Kindle Unlimited. Although not as good as the latter two, I still was glad to have read Corpses in Enderby. Ned Bunn, a bitter. bullying shopkeeper, isn’t lamented at his death — least of all by his family, which suffered from his stubbornness an [...]

    3. Jillian on said:

      In style this borders on farce. There is a tongue-in-cheek quality that brings a smile and reminds the reader that this is an artificial world and not to be taken too seriously. The plot is suitably convoluted and the murderer ultimately suitably predictable. The downside is the proliferation of stereotyped characters- the extended Bunn family in particular, insufficiently distinguished from each other and difficult to keep track of. A bit of fun.

    4. Dave Wheeler on said:

      Another great book from George Bellairs, Littlejohn and Cromwell joins forces again for another investigation. The characters they encounter are so strange and different from every book he writes and very funny with action and humour from page one till the end. Very well worth reading a true page turner yet again.

    5. Eric on said:

      Ned Bunn, born Wood, is, so it seems. a somewhat obnoxious member of a generally unlikeable family. When he is shot one rainy night, suspicion falls on his assistant, Flounder, who had been thwarted in his wooing of the boss’ daughter.Littlejohn and Cromwell are called in, although the local Inspector, Myers is deeply resentful, since he considers local knowledge to be important in solving the crime: this proves to be largely correct.A further murder is committed right under Littlejohn’s nos [...]

    6. Bill on said:

      I always find it interesting to read mysteries written in the past, especially those from England in the so-called Golden Age. So I approached this one with high expectations. I probably shouldn't have, since I had not read much about Bellairs and his detective, CI Littlejohn. I have always enjoyed mysteries on two levels, the mystery (especially if it adheres to the play fair rules and allows me to play along) and the detective. One is drawn to books by Christie, Sayers, Conan Doyle, Rex Stout, [...]

    7. JJ on said:

      This is a strange little book but I did enjoy it. I have never read any George Bellairs before but have gone out and bought another.Ned Bunn, a rather nasty Enderby villager, is shot dead in the middle of storm one evening. Needless to say there are many suspects as he was not well liked even by his daughter.His large extended family descend on Enderby, for the funeral but more importantly, for the will reading.Inspector Littlejohn and Sergeant Cromwell come up from Scotland Yard to investigate. [...]

    8. Callie on said:

      I discovered George Bellairs through Hoopla, and am so excited to dig in! A British author writing contemporary (to him) work in the 1940's and onward. The 'Corpses of Enderby' is a post-WW2 novel set in England, and was given to me through the estate of George Bellairs in exchange for an honest review. Here it goes! Mr. Bellairs writes in a speedy style, and this cozy mystery is somewhat akin to the work of Christianna Brand and my beloved Patricia Wentworth. Mr. Bellairs writes tongue-in-cheek [...]

    9. Judy on said:

      This is described as one of the series from the "golden age" of English mysteries, but just based on this one, it doesn't appeal to me as much as some of the others. The mystery itself isn't bad, but it's full of unpleasant characters, and the detective, Chief Inspector Littlejohn, isn't a very interesting character. The solution unwinds appropriately, but isn't very exciting. I read in another review that this is not a typical example of this series, so I may give it one more try at some point. [...]

    10. Joanna on said:

      This was OK, not brilliant, but a well-written tale with realistic characters - it seems odd to call it a police procedural but is is a pretty decent one. What put me off was an anti-Semitic comment, not out-of-place given when it was set, but it rather jarred now, especially as it was the narrator's voice. One of the problems of republishing novels that were written decades ago; they can provide fascinating insights into social history but attitudes do change. However, I enjoyed it enough that [...]

    11. Sheryl Byars on said:

      Don't waste your time. I frequently enjoy reading mysteries from the past but this one I had to sludge through. The characters were all thoroughly unlikeable and the story was, in my opinion, very trite. I think the author intended to be humorous but I found most of the so-called humor annoying.

    12. michael frye on said:

      Corpses in EnderbyI enjoyed reading this book although it took a while to finish. There are a number of characters in the story but each one is fully developed. I will try another book by this author.

    13. Alisha Henri on said:

      An Interesting MysteryWhile I enjoyed this mystery, it's forward motion seemed slow for my preference. I've read some of the author's later written mysteries and have enjoyed them more.

    14. Richard Wirth on said:

      I enjoy all of Bellairs novels. Like the non-violent style.

    15. Ginney Etherton on said:

      A nice old-fashioned Scotland Yard mystery. An enjoyable read.

    16. Angela Moslin on said:

      My thoughtsToo many people. Very confusing unless read all in one go. Guessed well before end. Not my favourite book to read

    17. Lesley on said:

      Rather like a British Maigret. Pulp detective fiction, but definitely enjoyable.

    18. John on said:

      Another typical English small town murder. Bellairs, I think, is very good at these. Excellent descriptions of the characters with a trace of wit. Ned Bunn is wealthy and unpopular business man and one of a large clan. When he is found murdered Littlejohn and Cromwell have to look deep into the past to uncover the many motives for wanting him dead. More murders occur during the investigation. Plenty of clues and red herrings. I've given it 4 stars but then I like these plodding police procedural [...]

    19. Steven Heywood on said:

      It is unashamedly a nostalgia trip on my part and the world that's painted is cosier than it really was but that doesn't detract from solid storytelling, some good descriptive passages and a crime writer who plays fair by the reader.

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