Wednesday, the 29th of April–time for Shelf Control, the last one this month! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, and such. If you participate, link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks!
Today, my pick is a mystery again, and one by an author I’ve never read but have been hearing a lot about, A Knife for Harry Dodd by George Bellairs. First published in 1953, this is part of the Inspector Littlejohn series by the author, and is book 21 in the series according to the Goodreads listing.
On his way back from the pub, Harry Dobbs is stabbed. Bur rather than calling the police, he calls his mistress and her mother to pick him up. Inspector Littlejohn and Sergeant Cromwell are called in to investigate. What they find on their hands when they come in is a complicated state of affairs, layers of intrigue, and a family riven with conflicts. Later, the victim’s lawyer and father, both meet their deaths much too similarly to be a coincidence. The investigation takes Littlejohn and Cromwell from an asylum to a gentleman’s club, and at every turn they are given false alibis. Who really did stab Dobbs and was responsible for the other two deaths?
I have been reading of this series and its elements of silly humour and crazy characters from Rekha at the bookdecoder (find her review of Harry Dobbs here), and have been wanting to try one. These sound like a great deal of fun, and its being an older series (from the ’50s) makes me all the more interested in picking it up.
The author: Harold Blundell who wrote as George Bellairs was a bank manager and writer born in Lancashire. He began working at Martins Bank at the age of 15 and continued rising in seniority there till he retired. Between 1941 and 1982, he wrote over 50 books, most of which featured Inspector Littlejohn. Besides George Bellairs, he also wrote a few books under the pseudonym Harry Landon.
Have you read this book or any others by Bellairs before? Which one/s and how did you like them? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!