A Knife for Harry Dodd - George Bellairs

A Knife for Harry Dodd by George Bellairs

This time I was given number 21 in the Chief Inspector Littlejohn mysteries from the George Bellairs Literary Estate for a review.

It was a fine reunion with Littlejohn and Cromwell.
The story takes place in rural England in the 1950s. Harry Dodd is stabbed on his way home from the pub. He is an unobtrusive man, who now lives with his mistress and her mother. The family forced a divorce after his digression and apart from his former wife there is no love lost between them. In the beginning Littlejohn and Cromwell have very little to go by, but gradually Harry's whereabouts unfolds and also who his enemies and friends are. More murders take place before they succeed in solving the crime.
It is a very well told story with a good plot, which was difficult to guess. And as always a lot of fun characters. The teamwork between Littlejohn and Cromwell delightful - so jet another well written mystery by George Bellairs.

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The Return of Mr Campion - Margery Allingham.

The Return of Mr Campion by Margery Allingham.

I really like to read books by Margery Allingham and have all her novels featuring detective
Albert Campion, so it was quite a treat to receive this collection of short stories from Crime Classics
Review Club. It is a collection of essays, detective stories featuring Campion, ghost stories and love stories. The essays are charming and interesting stories where Allingham writes about her work as a writer,
how she became one and the art of mystery writing. We also learn about Albert Campions first
appearance in a novel and his insistence on participating in following mysteries. In this collection Campion features in about half of the stories - in two of them only as a listener to
Inspector Charlie Lukes narrations.
It was a lovely reunion with Allingham and I especially enjoyed the short stories in which Campion
took part.

Corpse at the Carnival - George Bellairs

This is number 29 in the Chief Inspector Littlejohn series.
The story takes place on the Isle of Man. It is carnival  time in Douglas and during the parade an old man is stabbed to death . He is known as Uncle Fred. At the same time Littlejohn arrives on the island to visit his old friend Archdeacon Kinrade and Detective Inspector Knell asks him for help. It turns out that Uncle Fred has used different names throughout his life, but gradually his life, before he moved to the Bella Vista boarding house, unfolds. During the investigation of the crime, we get to know quite a lot of the island, and there are many lovely descriptions of places, nature, locals and their faith about "the little people". Bellairs really must have liked staying  there. You even want to go there yourself after reading the novel. It is a well-written story, enjoyable to read about the Isle of Man and the ever so sympathetic Chief Inspector Littlejohn . The plot is fine as well.

Bones in the Wilderness - George Bellairs

This is number31 in the  Littlejohn series.

Samuel Cheever a broker and secondhand dealer with a bad reputation goes to France to buy antiques.
He stays away for a long time and people begin to wonder what has become of him.  His wife doesn't seem to care much, bur when the local MP continually asks: What's Happened to Cheever, Littlejohn and Cromwell are sent to Francaster to investigate. Here Cromwell buys a miniature from Mrs. Cheever and it shows to be important in the investigation. When a set of false teeth found in an unidentified body at Etang de Vaccarés, Littlejohn and Cromwell travel to France. In order to solve  the case they go to different places in France - The Camargue with bulls, horses and gardians - Bresse with poultry - Dombes with it's many lakes - Provence. There are wonderful descriptions of the life, the food, the wine and the different regions.
 It was a lovely revisit to France, Littlejohn and Cromwell as well as a well told murder mystery

Campion at Christmas - Margery Allingham

Thanks to Crime Classics, Net Galley and Agora Books I was able to read 4 short stories from one of my favorite  writers of classical crime stories.
The novels feature Albert Campion in three of the stories. Two are  crime stories and one is Christmas with his wife Amanda  and the dog, Poins.
The last novel, Happy Christmas , is about a couple celebrating Christmas like Victorians and with the help of an old lady living at the top of the house.
Margery Allingham is always delightful to read, so this was a real Christmas treat!

Last post

This will be the last post in English - at least for a while. It is rather time consuming to write the posts in both English and Danish, and as the Danish have the most viewings I will continue there.
It has been great practice writing in English. I read a lot of English books, but my active vocabulary needed to improve.
Should you be interested in my Danish blog, and if Google translate doesn't make sense you are welcome to comment on the Danish blog and I will try to be of help.

Dish Cloth 71

Cast on 60 stitches and knit 6 rows and then pattern. Remember to start and end all rows with 3 k. When the cloth has the desired length you knit 6 rows and bind off.


1.row: 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k 2.row: 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p 3.row: 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k 4.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p 5.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 6.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 7.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k 8.row: 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p 9.row: 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k 10.row: 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p