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Death of a Busybody
by George Bellairs
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Poisoned Pen, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Miss Tither is a busybody. Nobody likes a busybody, but Miss Tither took seriously what she considered her God-given right, to keep an eye on her small English village and keep everyone in it on the straight and narrow. She was not always successful but persisted to the extent that someone has taken exception to her preaching and done her in.

Now it is up to the local constabulary to investigate the crime and they have asked Scotland Yard to lend a hand. Inspector Littlejohn enters the scene. I liked him right away. He doesn't throw his weight around and quietly becomes a part of the village of Hilary Magna.

To my mind, the crime is only a part of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the names used back then in England. These are names that sound so different to us today. Ethelred Claplady comes to mind as one example.

The village itself could be thought of as one of the characters. I felt comfortable there. I would have liked to have had a pub meal and a pint of bitters with the other customers who considered their local almost an extension of their home.

Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs is a delightful step back into the past (despite the fact that World War I had started). This novel is one of a series re-published by Poisoned Pen Press in conjunction with the British Library Crime Classics. Good partnership.

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