Book Review: The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs


The Case of the Famished Parson
George Bellairs
Title: The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs

Rating: 3 stars (🌟🌟🌟)

Publisher: Ipso Books

I read this several days ago and held off writing a review because I couldn't think of what I wanted to say. While that can be a good thing when I finish a book, it wasn't in this case. This was left me decidedly neutral.

This isn't going to be listed as my favourite Inspector Littlejohn story. It was a bit better than just ok and I did like a lot of the story but the solution left me disappointed. It wasn't that the back third wasn't done well it's just that it hinged on the part of the story I was least interested in. I was least interested in that thread because I was bored. On the positive side, we meet Mrs. Littlejohn and there's a good bit of action in the beginning of the Inspector's investigation. I also enjoyed a good many of the possible suspects through most of the story.

If you skip this period in Littlejohn's life, you'll be just fine.

Summary: Dr. James Macintosh, the Bishop of Greyle, was a mysterious man; for a long time, nobody even knew his last name. But things take a turn for the bizarre when his body is found emaciated and battered having being pushed face-first off the edge of a cliff…
Inspector Littlejohn faces an incredibly peculiar case. How to explain the savage murder of a gentle Bishop? Did he know too much about the secretive citizens of Cape Marvin, the seaside resort of his murder? Or did the reason have something to do with the strange family he had left behind in Medhope?

Above all, why was the Bishop’s body so undernourished that death by violence won out by only a few days over death by starvation?

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