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For the most part, the dead man received public sympathy. A decent, hardworking chap, with not an enemy anywhere. People were surprised that anybody should want to kill Jim.

But Jim has been drowned in the Dumb River, near Ely, miles from his Yorkshire home. His body has been discovered before the killer intended – disturbed by a torrential flood. It's up to Superintendent Littlejohn of Scotland Yard to trace the mystery of the murder to its source, leaving waves of scandal and sensation in his wake.

©1961 George Bellairs (P)2020 Soundings

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greed and selfishment

This is a sad story of a man who found himself married into a family that looks down on him. They are greedy, each waiting for the other to die. They are class conscious even in their lack of money. Ruling over all is a self important vicious, corpulent sickly old tyrant who keeps his daughters as slaves to his needs while keeping them nearly penniless.

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  • Richard Irwin
  • 05-22-20

Not one of his best

Obvious from the start, a pot boiler written to meet a publishers deadline. Read better

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