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The Dead Shall Be Raised & Murder of a Quack    by George Bellairs order for
Dead Shall Be Raised & Murder of a Quack
by George Bellairs
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Poisoned Pen, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Two for one! A bargain at any price. The Dead Shell Be Raised and Murder of a Quack are both written by English author George Bellairs and first published in 1940, on the cusp of the time considered the Golden Age of Crime Writing.

Poisoned Pen Press and the British Library Crime Classics have joined in a business venture to re-publish well-known authors' works that have not been available for the intervening years. It would be a shame not to have access to the above two excellent books. I thoroughly enjoyed both, and can't recommend one above the other.

The Dead Shall Be Raised involves the Home Guard remember, this was a war year unearthing a skeleton on the moor above a small village. It's in the exact spot where the body of a young textile worker was found twenty-three years before. Intriguing? You bet! A young man had disappeared at the same time as the body was found. Could this skeleton be his? And is a murderer still at large?

Then on to Murder of a Quack. The body of a local quack (what unlicensed doctors were called then) is found hanging in his consulting room. The licensed doctor is not too well-used in this small village of Stalden. Suicide? Murder? Again, intrigue. Also ambition, blackmail, false alibis, fraud, and botanical trickery keep the story moving at a brisk pace. And make it well worth a read.

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