Flaxborough mystery by author Colin Watson. Originally published in 1960, this is a reformatting and re-release by Farrago books.
The Flaxborough mysteries are wryly humorous with some wickedly funny subtle bits. This book especially has aged very well and reads like a much more modern book but still with the English country village atmosphere.
Inspector Purbright is likable, if a bit plodding, but he gets there in the end. This entry in the series has him investigating a series of explosions in a neighboring village. There's the usual complement of funny village characters and goings-on and someone's hiding murder. It's up to Purbright to sort out the twisted and murky motives.
I loved the gentle pacing and really wickedly funny dialogue. These are really top notch mysteries and this one is well worth the read.
Published 8th March, 2018 by Farrago books. 190 pages, available in ebook and paperback formats.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.