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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs

The Bishop of Greyle was an unassuming, quiet man. Hardly anyone knew his surname even. Then why would someone obviously hate him so much that they would push him off a cliff. Why was his body so emaciated to the point of being declared starved.

Inspector Littlejohn has a puzzling case in front of him. Embarrassing that no apparent clues in the Bishop's own life could lead to solving the case, the Inspector has to look elsewhere as to why the Bishop was done away with.  The investigation is puzzling but it leads to certain unconnected leads and how to connect these leads to give a coherent picture is not easy.

The story was a bit slow, not a fast paced mystery but the series of deductions and connections was well placed.

Interesting take on a mystery.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Ipso Books.


  1. Mystica, if I didn't know better, I'd have thought this was the title of a Perry Mason novel. The plot is unusual and has pricked my curiosity. Though, frankly, I don't know when I'll get around to the novels I read about on your blog and elsewhere.

  2. I have to be in the right mood for a slow story these days.

  3. Even though a book might be a slow unravelling like this one it can still be fascinating.