However, once taken, the story turned out to be quite convoluted and fun. Gosh, those tiny vil The last ever instalment by Colin Watson of his Flaxborough Chronicles… The last one there is but the first one ever for me. Gosh, those tiny villages in English country-side are dangerous places to be.
Too many secrets per person, if you ask me. There were adultery and blackmail, dodgy lawyer and hush-hush long-term affairs. A funeral of local lawyer pulls a thread on a lot of dangerous secrets. All in all, this book was a fun read however prolonged with noisiness of the text itself. Colin Watson and his Flaxborough Chronicles is a new find for me. Would I read the rest? I am not sure. Sadly, this is the last of the Flaxborough Chronicles. In this final appearance, Inspector Purbright attends a funeral service as Chief Constable Chubb's representative only to find that the widow has been locked in her house.
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Going to the rescue leads to a mess of unanswered questions that stretch back several years. Why did the deceased have valuable antiques that he had not purchased, items that had previously been owned by others in the village? As Sgt. Love and the Inspector begin to speak Sadly, this is the last of the Flaxborough Chronicles.
Love and the Inspector begin to speak to the residents of Mumblesby and those from Flaxborough with long memories, Purbright begins to feel something is going on beyond outraged family members.
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Inconsistencies in interviews from a previous inquest, possible arson, and an attack on a house with large machinery are just some of the oddities that crop up. All the traditions and prejudices of rural English life are present and influence the outcome of the investigation. For those who have followed the career of Inspector Purbright from the beginning of the Flaxborough mysteries, this book will be a fond farewell to beloved characters.
Purbright, Love, Chubb, Malley, Teatime and the others are all part of finding the answer to what's been going on. If you haven't yet tried this series, but enjoy British mysteries that are not too political or inordinately long in length, then you should pick up one of the titles. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Oct 08, Sally rated it it was amazing Shelves: read. Thanks to Prelude Books for discovering and re-issuing these gems. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley; all opinions are my own.
Antiques and adultery feature largely in this comic mystery arising from the death of a local solicitor whose house apparently provides a home for a piece of the True Cross. Why, later, is its gable end knocked down? Some of these questions are answered…Does anyone ever really know what Lucilla Teatime is up to? Most crimes involve sex and money, Cupid and cupidity, and this proves no different.
The solution is, however, very ingenious. Fans of Colin Watson will love the storyline and be downcast that it was the last of the Chronicles. Nov 23, Jenny Reeve rated it really liked it Shelves: drama , murder-mystery , detective , mystery , comedy. This is the first of book I have read by Colin Watson. The way that the he write takes some getting used to.
It took a few chapters to get into the feel of the book, to really get to grips with the writing style. But, once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a good detective story that has a lot of witty sentences to help the story unfold. I like the way that Purbright and Love work there way around issues, they digest them and come up with possible solutions.
The characters are a good mix of This is the first of book I have read by Colin Watson. The characters are a good mix of personalities, this made me study them. Figuring out what is going on at Mumblesby was quite a pleasure. I did re-read some of the chapters. This was annoying.
But having said that, when I finished the book I wanted to read it again because I kind of became the book Would I recommend it?
Would I read another in the Mumblesby chronicles? Aug 12, Niken Widyastuti rated it it was amazing. Oh my… The last one in the Flaxborough Mystery series! A good mystery stories with sharp and wise local policemen. And of course, the side characters that no less than spectacular. I am so in love with these two interactions. Their flirting was so classy and kind of cute, something not easily found in current books. The mystery was intrig Oh my… The last one in the Flaxborough Mystery series! The mystery was intriguing.
Something that started so simple or so it seemed , became something more sinister and complicated. Another nasty mystery, with thoroughly unpleasant people and odd interludes of surrealism. The Flaxborough series is confounding to me; half the time I'm very confused as to the purpose of a particular scene like I totally don't understand the import behind dialogue or what a shrugged shoulder, for example, is supposed to indicate to me as a reader with regard to the character doing the shrugging or being shrugged at and the other half is really trying to understand the 70ss Britishness of Another nasty mystery, with thoroughly unpleasant people and odd interludes of surrealism.
The Flaxborough series is confounding to me; half the time I'm very confused as to the purpose of a particular scene like I totally don't understand the import behind dialogue or what a shrugged shoulder, for example, is supposed to indicate to me as a reader with regard to the character doing the shrugging or being shrugged at and the other half is really trying to understand the 70ss Britishness of it all. I don't not recommend this book, as it definitely goes in on the seriousness of the crime at hand, but I can't get full behind it - it's a real try it yourself and see.
I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. After the death of Richard Daspard Loughbury, a rather well-off solicitor, some incidents call the attention of DI Purbright. What Purbright will discover as the story unfolds, that's something I never saw coming! The characters are so well-depicted that I almost felt I was seeing them. The absence of the technology we are so used to the story takes place in the early 80s was somehow refreshing.
The prose, although not fast-paced, is witty and elegant, I just loved reading this book! It's not my favourite - but it's still pretty good. An interesting mystery, a good cast of suspects and appearances from all my favourites of the regulars. Perfect old-fashioned cozy crime police procedural in rural ish England. Ideal for fans of George Gently and similar. This is the final story in the Flaxborough series however you could easily read this as a standalone.
It is a cosy, quintessentially British murder mystery. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Laugh Fun and funny. Quaint and cute. Murder in Mumblesby causes delighted readers.
It's a quick read made for a fireplace and a rainy afternoon. Loved this series and read them all!
Aug 01, Patricia Ann rated it it was amazing. Clever plot of tying antiques and an holy relic to a church killing. Colin Watson, once again, introduced us readers to a new sets of unusual characters and his unique descriptions of them. He never disappointed me in his out of the ordinary plots, characters and whit. I will truly miss reading more of his books. Dutton, Colin Watson gives us a new Flaxborough novel, but this time he's one town over in Mumblesby. A leading solicitor has died, and Inspector Purbright is all set to attend the funeral.
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However, when he gets there, he finds the deceased's new wife is nowhere to be found. He finds her at home, locked in a bathroom, and no sooner is she released and on her way to the funeral when Purbright notices smoldering; a heap of clothes thrown o Colin Watson, Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby?
He finds her at home, locked in a bathroom, and no sooner is she released and on her way to the funeral when Purbright notices smoldering; a heap of clothes thrown over a space heater. Things seem just a tad odd in Mumblesby As usual, Colin Watson gives a decent mystery with a jaundiced eye towards the upstairs-downstairs aspect of drawing room comedy. There are a few unpredictable turns, and the pace is good enough to keep the pages turning.
This is my fourth Flaxborough novel, and it finally occurred to me while reading this one what the failing of Watson's novels is; his characters are eminently forgettable. Still, if you're looking for a fast, easy read and a cozy mystery, Watson can be just the ticket. Jun 18, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-england , mystery-humor. The death of lawyer Richard Rich Dick Loughbury is clearly natural--but some of the events around his funeral seem more questionable. Who locked his widow in the bathroom and then set fire to the house?
And did this have anything to do with the piece of the True Cross that Loughbury had cemented into the wall? Inspector Purbright's questions lead him to the recent suicide of a local farmer's wife, who killed herself in the church in a fit of religious mania. But even the Flaxborough police kno The death of lawyer Richard Rich Dick Loughbury is clearly natural--but some of the events around his funeral seem more questionable.
But even the Flaxborough police know that Bernadette Croll was more interested in men than in religion. Aug 22, Phil Howard rated it liked it. This is the last one of the 'Flaxborough Chronicles', and the last one that I read. I readmy first one - 'Just what the Doctor ordered' back in my 20's -- close to when it was written in Watson never explicitely explains what happens in the plot.
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He leaves the reader to figure it out afterward. What he does spend time on is a lot of charming description of the characters and their behavior. I regret this being the end. Apr 27, bookczuk rated it liked it Shelves: cozy-type-mystery , read-on-recommendation. Colin Watson was recommended by a friend whose reading opinions I greatly value.
This was the first of 3 books of his she gave me to try. Very Peter Wimsey in style, with a touch of Woodhouse. I kept forgetting it was in the latter part of the 20th century, expecting it to be set in the early 's or Pre WWII. On to others in the series.
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Sep 21, Michael Nixon rated it liked it. A droll whodunit set in author's bucolic country town Flaxborough. A three because, while it's a pleasure to read, it left me feeling a bit empty. A stoty, yes. Amusing, a bit like an 80s' Ealing comedy in novel form. Mar 18, Lisa Kucharski rated it liked it. Nicely crafted story, that take an opened can of worms and discovers all sorts of nasty secrets.
Quick read too! Quirky characters, but certainly grounded in reality. Oct 18, Jean rated it it was ok. I wasn't too thrilled with Watson's cozy mystery, part of a series featuring Inspector Purbright. The characters were very quirky and the story wasn't appealing to me. This book is going to the library book sale. Mumblesby is Flaxborough's neighbour and has been mentioned in passing a few times in some of the other older books.
The story in this book has more twists than any other book in this series. A fitting ending in some ways.
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