Flaxborough Mystery: Bump in the Night (Book 2) 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 Tuesday nights have suddenly turned quite ridiculously noisy in the country town of Chalmsbury, where the good folk are outraged at having their rest disturbed. It begins with a drinking fountain being blown to smithereens next the statue of a local worthy loses his head, and the following week a giant glass eye is exploded.
Despite the soft-soled sleuthing of cub reporter Len Leaper, the crime spate grows alarming. Sheer vandalism is bad enough, but when a life is lost the amiable Inspector Purbright, called in from nearby Flaxborough to assist in enquiries, finds he must delve deep into the seamier side of this quiet town's goings on. 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: 07/03/2019
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9781788420167