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Publication Order of Thomas Littlejohn Books

Littlejohn on Leave (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Four Unfaithful Servants (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Busybody (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Seven Whistlers (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
He'd Rather Be Dead (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calamity at Harwood (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Night Watches (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Scared Rabbits (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crime at Halfpenny Bridge (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Last Train (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outrage on Gallows Hill (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the DeMented Spiv (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Famished Parson (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half-Mast for the Deemster (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Headless Jesuit (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead March for Penelope Blow (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Dark Glasses (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime in Lepers' Hollow (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Knife for Harry Dodd (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corpses in Enderby (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cursing Stones Murder (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Room Five (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Treads Softly (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Drops the Pilot (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in High Provence (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Sends for the Doctor (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corpse at the Carnival (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Makes Mistakes (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones in the Wilderness (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toll the Bell for Murder (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Fearful Night (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Despair (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Tin God (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body in the Dumb River (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Masquerade (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tormentors (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Before Breakfast (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Wasteland (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Shadow (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfeit of Suspects (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Spins the Wheel (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers Among the Dead (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Intruder in the Dark (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Desolation (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Single ticket to Death (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fatal Alibi (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Gone Mad (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tycoon's Death-Bed (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pomeroy Deceased (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night They Killed Joss Varran (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Adrift (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devious Murder (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fear Round About (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Roads to Sospel (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Downhill Ride Of Leeman Popple (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Old Man Dies (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Death Stops the Frolic / Turmoil In Zion (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at Morning Prayers (As: Hilary Landon) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circle Round a Corpse (As:Hilary Landon) (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Choose Your Own Verdict (As:Hilary Landon) (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exit Sir Toby Belch (As:Hilary Landon) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Walks by Night (By: John Dickson Carr) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle Skull (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Gallows (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (By: John Dickson Carr) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Mr. Badman (By: William Fryer Harvey) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weekend at Thrackley (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick Curtain (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of Anton (By: Alan Melville) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wheel Spins (By: Ethel Lina White) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Busybody (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder's a Swine (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Seen Wearing (By: Hillary Waugh) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Didn't Fly (By: Margot Bennett) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By: Gil North) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body in the Dumb River (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfeit of Suspects (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Waters (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Settling Scores (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty Creatures (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Author (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

George Bellairs is the pen name of the famous 20th century English novelist Harold Blundell. He was popular for writing mystery and suspense books. Author Bellairs was particularly well known for writing crime fiction books featuring his highly famous character Chief Inspector Littlejohn. This character features in over 50 books that Bellairs wrote in his literary career. Author Bellairs was born on April 19, 1902 in Heywood, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. His first career choice was working as a bank manager in Lancashire. Later, Bellairs moved to the Isle of Man following his retirement. He lived there for the rest of his life and earned his living by writing mystery books. In addition to writing under the pseudonym and his original name, Bellairs used to make use of an alternative pen name Hilary Landon for writing some of his books. In fact, he wrote a total of 4 books under this name. Author Bellairs’ death occurred on April 18, 1982. While working as a manager in a Manchester bank, Bellairs was closely connected to the Manchester University. Because of the fact that his stories are set in tiny British communities, and combine the elements of classic police procedural and wicked crimes, author Bellairs was often referred to as the ‘English Simenon’. Author Bellairs got married in 1930 to a woman named Gladys Mabel Roberts. He was believed to be a Francophile, explaining why many of his books were set in France. Author Bellairs used to travel to Frane very often. He was involved in writing articles for the English magazines and newspapers, with views and news from France. Author Bellairs was a notable philanthropist. He was quite popular in the public life of Manchester as he was the member of the Board of United Manchester Hospitals. Bellairs was even Private Patient’s Home’s Chairman.

Author Bellairs was awarded with an honorary master’s degree by the Manchester University in the year 1959 in recognition to his literary and charitable works. When Bellairs retired from business, he and his wife Gladys moved to Colby. There, they made many new friends. The surviving notebooks of author Bellairs attest to the fact that he had keen interests in geography, folklore, and history of the Isle of Man island. It was in 1941 that he penned his first mystery book during the spare time at his post of air warden. And after ten years of writing the story, Bellairs penned a comedy series for radio, called The Legacy. This series was broadcast in 1951. During the whole of the 1950s, author Bellairs contributed a column to the newspaper Manchester Guardian. He even worked on the freelance basis for various other newspapers both locally and nationally. The first mystery novel of author Bellairs, Littlejohn On Leave, introduced the character of Thomas Littlejohn as a detective inspector. All his books have strong characters, small communities, and are set during the 1940s to 1970s. They consist of strong plots, full of intrigue and scandal. His lead character, Thomas Littlejohn, starts off as an inspector and rises to the rank of a Superintendent. Littlejohn, appears to the reminiscent of Detective Inspector Maigret as in he is injected with humor, compassion, and humor. Author Bellairs was considered an amusing talker. He used to describe to his listeners how to carry out a killing in books. Despite his initial success in the United States and Britain, the novels of author Bellairs were less popular. And even though he was considered a prolific author over many decades, he went on to fade from the public eye. Some of his initial works are quite sought after by many collectors. Author Bellairs suffered from an illness for a long time and eventually died a day before his 80th birthday at his home in Colby.

The Chief Inspector Littlejohn series written by author George Bellairs is comprised of 57 books in total, which were released between the years 1941 and 1980. An initial book of this series is entitled ‘Calamity At Harwood’. It was released by the MacMillan publication in the year 1945. The central characters of this book as described by author Bellairs include Solomon Burt and Inspector Littlejohn. At the start of the book’s story, it is shown that Solomon Burt is included among the premier East End slumlords all across London. He falls in love with Harwood unlike any other property he had fallen in love with in the past. The property is a faded manor located halfway between the sea and London. When Solomon learns that the owner of the manor house is not ready to sell his property, he uses all the tricks known to him to purchase the house for converting it into numerous apartments. And when Solomon is finally able to own the property, he begins to do what he intended to. But, he did not have any idea that he will have to deal with ghosts. Later, when Solomon is discovered murdered, the tenants in his apartments start fearing that a ghost a living among them. At this point, Inspector Littlejohn is called in to investigate and establish the reason behind Solomon’s murder. Littlejohn goes on to discover something even more dangerous lurking in the Harwood corners.

Another intriguing book of the mystery series is called ‘Death in the Night Watches’. This novel was also released by MacMillan in 1946. The primary characters of this novel include Inspector Littlejohn and Henry Worth. At the beginning of the story of this book, it is depicted that Henry Worth is the owner of a factory, which was once filled with textile workers and looms. But, due to the onset of the Second World War, all his factory space has been handed over to the military production. Once, when Henry is taking a walk in the night, he smells a gas leak. And when he enters inside to find out, the door behind slams shut and he dies in a few minutes. After a short while, Detective Inspector Littlejohn arrives from London to investigate Henry Worth’s death. He discovers that the whole town is upended by the inheritance of Worth. What shocks him even more is that his wife and 3 children are feuding over Worth’s fortune. They do not even fear to go to the extent of killing each other for getting their share. On one hand, the British troops fighting and dying overseas, and on the other hand Inspector Littlejohn feels that the fiercest battle is the one which is being fought close to home. But, he is not the one who would bow down in front of the difficult challenges easily. Littlejohn makes up his mind to get to the bottom of the mystery before another innocent victim loses his life.

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