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Flaxborough Mystery: Coffin Scarcely Used (Book 1), Paperback / softback Book

Flaxborough Mystery: Coffin Scarcely Used (Book 1) Paperback / softback


What strange passions seethe beneath the prosperous surface of Flaxborough town?

Affable but diligent Detective Inspector Purbright is tasked with uncovering the darker underbelly of greed, corruption and crime.

A classic British series of police mysteries, laced with wry humour. "Watson has an unforgivably sharp eye for the ridiculous." - New York Times "Flaxborough is Colin Watson's quiet English town whose outward respectability masks a seething pottage of greed, crime and vice ...

Mr Watson wields a delightfully witty pen dripped in acid." - Daily Telegraph In the respectable seaside town of Flaxborough, the equally respectable councillor Harold Carobleat is laid to rest.

Cause of death: pneumonia. But he is scarcely cold in his coffin before Detective Inspector Purbright, affable and annoyingly polite, must turn out again to examine the death of Carobleat's neighbour, Marcus Gwill, former prop. of the local rag, the Citizen. This time it looks like foul play, unless a surfeit of marshmallows had led the late and rather unlamented Mr Gwill to commit suicide by electrocution. ('Power without responsibility', murmurs Purbright.) How were the dead men connected, both to each other and to a small but select band of other town worthies?

Purbright becomes intrigued by a stream of advertisements Gwill was putting in the Citizen, for some very oddly named antique items ... Witty and a little wicked, Colin Watson's tales offer a mordantly entertaining cast of characters and laugh-out-loud wordplay. AUTHOR: Colin Watson was born in 1920 in Croydon in south London.

At age 17 he was appointed cub reporter on the Boston Guardian, a regional newspaper.

His years as a journalist in the Lincolnshire market town proved formative, and he collected there much of the material that provided the basis for the Flaxborough novels.

He won two CWA Silver Dagger awards, and the Flaxborough series was adapted for television by the BBC under the title Murder Most English.

Watson died in 1983.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publisher: Prelude Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9781788420150



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