When a group from the small English town of Bolchester make an excursion to Cannes, little do they expect it to end so dramatically – with the disastrous murder of one of their party, the domineering Alderman William Dawson.
Suddenly the holidaymakers find themselves murder suspects.
But, with so many grudges borne against Dawson, it becomes impossible to work out who might have been responsible for his death.
Was the fact that he had been a traitor in the maquis - the French resistance - during the war a factor?
And was his death connected to the subsequent killing of the crooked barkeeper Sammy?
When Scotland Yard call in Chief Inspector Littlejohn in to investigate, rudely interrupting his holiday in the Riviera, he comes up against a trying, taxing and peculiar case.
'Death In Room Five' is a classic detective mystery by one of the masters of the genre.
'Bellairs is up there with the greats of English crime fiction. Every fan of the genre should read him.' - Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'The Lunar Code'.
George Bellairs was the nom de plume of Harold Blundell (1902-1985), a crime writer and bank manager born in Heywood, near Rochdale, Lancashire, who settled in the Isle of Man on retirement. He wrote more than 50 books, most featuring the detective Inspector Littlejohn. He also wrote four novels under the alternative pseudonym Hilary Landon.
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A member of an English group on a tour in France is murdered. Coincidentally, Chief Inspector Littlejohn is nearby on a vacation of his own and is called upon to help solve the crime. The story is set in post-World War II France and although the date isn't given, it's close enough to the war that old hatreds surface early in the investigation. If I'm reading the original copyright correctly, the book was written in 1988. The details of the book, including the non-PC language and the marvelous descriptions of the differences between the English and French approaches to crime investigation, provide a total sense of authenticity. The pacing isn't red hot. Nor should it be. It's an intelligent mystery story distinguished by the author's attention to the detail of the period. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was well written, but old fashioned. It was slow paced like an Agatha Christie novel, but fell short of classic status. It was also filled with french phrases and references (expected since it was set in France) that hindered the story line rather than enhancing it, including some un-PC prejudice reflected in both the suspects and the English policeman main character. The solution to the mystery was unexpected but very logical with tiny clues planted throughout. I got this book free before any reviews were written, which is something I almost never do, but I wasn't disappointed and would probably read another book by this author with the same main character.
Chief inspector Littlejohn from Scotland Yard is vacationing with his wife on the French Riviera when called upon to help investigate the murder of an English tourist. At first suspicion is placed on a vengeful Frenchman, but soon it appears that everyone in the man’s tour group has a motive as well. The story takes place a decade after World War Two and the war plays a part in why the man may have been killed.
The writing is good and pitch perfect in descriptions of its European location. But for a sprinkling of very mild profanity, this book is a great cozy mystery. British author George Bellairs wrote more than 50 novels, most featuring Littlejohn.
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