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Introducing Inspector Purbright
5 March 2016
Heard the dramatisation of a later Inspector Purbright story "Charity Ends at Home" on Radio 4 extra and enjoyed it so thought I'd check out this, the first of the Flaxborough novels. It's great at establishing time and place, small town English shires sometime in the 1960s and follows the plodding investigation of the amiable Inspector Purbright, whilst satirising the foibles of the suburban establishment, one of which is the predilection for schemes of dubious legality and the urge to stoop to murder when their plans are upset. As a whodunnit, this first novel of the series isn't very ingenious and why the protagonists do the things they do stretches the suspension of disbelief a bit far, but sticking with it makes for a very satisfying detective story, establishes the regular characters and makes me intend to work my way through the Flaxborough Chronicles.