Purbright, on the other hand, has no problem with it but he's the suspicious type. Gwill, and a list of repetitive advertisements that bring his attention. The story is good, Watson was a skiful writer able to conjure the right words to draw readers into the here-and-now of a scene, and able to inject a touch of humour and emotion. He has no truck with social position and deftly and subtly elicits information with a twinkle in the eye and a touch of irony on the tongue. It borders on the cosy, but in a sophisticated, not sappy way.
This is a wickedly funny, very gently written and imagined tale. It is a small, sleepy seaside community, quite dignified, but it is hiding a shocking secret. Purbright and Love are interesting, likable characters, and others, including the Chief Constable and a couple of the uniformed constables, show signs that as the series progresses there are at least two more books , they may become so. Many thanks to Farrago Books for reissuing the first 3 books in the Flaxborough saga in e-book form. It was up to Inspector Purbright to turn the tables on an unsavory killer and make sure a macabre murderer got his just desserts.
And of course the seaside setting is appealing too. The novel opens with the death from a heart attack of Councillor Harold Carobleat and Inspector Purbright nosing around to no avail. It was when I encountered early archaic language in Coffin, Scarcely Used, I did my research. Clever writing and great storytelling for an adult viewer who doesn't want the usual blood and gore. I caught a glimpse of this title and, what do you know, I'd inadvertently discovered one I was unaware of that's been around for donkey's ages. I won't be pursuing more books in the Flaxborough series. So few serious crimes happen in Flaxborough that Inspector Walter Purbright worries that he won't be up to the challenge of finding the murderer but he and Sergeant Love play it by the book and work the case with solid procedure.
Na, ką padarysi, gal tiesiog neatitaikiau knygos prie nuotaikos. Inspector Walter Purbright and 4 Stars for this witty whodunnit. Described as a humorous mystery, and published in the fifties, I was worried it might be too silly, or too dated. Nevertheless, an enjoyable light mystery. Coffin, Scarcely Used is actually a murder mystery. His patience and gently paced investigation swept me along.
The first death was natural, according to his doctor. Harold Carobleat, passed from that small town realm to another unknown one. They are a very engaging pair, with Purbright as a seemingly slightly hapless, polite investigator, and the whole thing is a pleasure to read. There are some lovely period gems like builder Jonas Bradlaw believing that his television set rather than his personality is what has attracted a series of young live-in housekeepers. And savour the whole series. The solution and the amusing final lines bring it all home.
This is an interesting witty mystery that will have you smirking and turning pages. There is a series of deaths among the businessmen in the town, and Purbright is suspicious of foul play. There were a couple places in the book where I, as reader, wondered why in the world the author included something he'd written, only to shake my head later and think 'Well played, Mr. You think you are reading just another simple cozy until you get to know the people of the town — the good and the bad. What's better is having clever humorous remarks here and there to lighten the heaviness of reading death and murders.
This book was originally published in 1958 What a wonderful find!! I like this approach as it makes a change from my more usual fare of character centric crime fiction. Lots to like here, including the fine writing and the distinctive characters. Many thanks to NetGalley and Farrago for releasing Coffin, Scarcely Used in ebook format. I am glad to know that more of this s I enjoyed a trip back in time to a quaint English village of the 1950s with this rerelease of Colin Watson's first Flaxborough Mystery. Don't kid yourself, a slower pace and a lower body count do not a boring book make.
The men are about the same, except for the apparent lack of hygiene sometimes and greater self-destruction. The big surprise is actually given away by the title. I'm definitely going to read the rest of this series! It is a straightforward third person narrative from Purbright's point of view so the reader knows no more or less than he does. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. This first installment is fairly short, and I easily read it in one sitting. What secret were they hiding? This one was too slow for my tastes, yet it gets a lot of praise. Coffin Scarcely Used is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.