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Devious Murder

(Chief Inspector Littlejohn #53)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Whilst taking the dog out for the last walk of the day, Littlejohn of Scotland Yard comes across a body in the rain. Recognising it as Charles Blunt, a thief he crossed paths with and admired many years before, Littlejohn resolves to solve the case. But where did the body come from? What was it doing in front of a deserted house? And why, after all these years, had Charles ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published March 1st 1986 by Walker & Company (first published 1973)
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Stephen Robert Collins
The best thing about these classes is like Agatha Christie they can be read in any order no spoilers which just as well because they are 57 stories some out of print. Bellairs has created wonderful crime mystery that is like sipping malt whisky.
This wet walk with the dog at night leads to dead pickpocket to Littlejohn investageing his murder but this hasn't dated and like his other books is well written. If you looking for enjoyable mystery with no swearing or sexual terms that can easily be rea
Devious Murder (1973) by George Bellairs is the 53rd novel in the Chief Inspector Littlejohn series and the first one I've ever found in my various bookshop and book sale scavenger hunts. This story features the investigation into the murder of Charles Blunt, a discreet and highly successful cat burglar who had eluded the grasp of the police for years though he had been the chief suspect in many in a robbery. Blunt always planned his robberies meticulously, never resorted to violence, and worked ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery lover
While walking his dog, Chief Superintendent Thomas Littlejohn finds the fresh corpse of a gentleman burglar, “the best cracksman in the world,” named Charles Blunt. The forensics team soon determines that Blunt was not killed where he was found. Who would want to kill a mostly harmless jewel thief?

I loved this novel, as it featured Littlejohn’s sidekick, Robert Cromwell, now promoted to superintendent himself. As always, Cromwell does not disappoint, nor did this book. Highly recommended.

Littlejohn stumbles on a dead body outside a house while taking out his dog for a walk one evening. He recognizes the body as Charles Blunt, one known slick gentleman-thief. This leads him on to a flat in Orchard Court and to The Limes next door, a rich man's house with its promiscuous hostess and suspect inhabitants. It was an okay read for me. The start was promising but the resolution felt average. Would pick up more from the author though. ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fiction, mystery
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Bellairs has rapidly become one of my favourite writers since stumbling over him in 2016. His books feature great story telling with quirky characters that make him a joy to read. The stories lightness often belies the dark settings making these more darkly humorous than what is known as traditional "cozy crime". The books are filled with wonderful character asides that have no bearing on the plot but are ofte
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not one of Bellairs's better stories. Pretty obvious whodunit and why despite the authors efforts to mislead. Feeble unsatisfactory ending. Disappointing.

Would have given it two and a half stars if I could as it still had that touch of wit beloved of Bellairs fans like myself.
Steven Heywood
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A neat detective story with Bellairs at his best: not showing off where he'd been on holiday and not interjecting prim little moralising asides (well, just the one). As always, playing fair with the reader all the way. ...more
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AKA Hilary Landon
George Bellairs is the nom de plume of Harold Blundell, 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 series' detective Inspector Littlejohn. He also wrote four novels under the alternative pseudonym Hilary Landon.

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  • The Murder of a Quack (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #5)
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