Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Plaster Sinners (Flaxborough Chronicles #11)

Plaster Sinners is the 11th Flaxborough mystery by Colin Watson. Released 12th July, 2018 by Farrago, it's 160 pages and available in ebook and paperback formats.  This edition is a reformatting and re-release of Watson's original from 1980. For a book which is almost 40 years old, the wordplay is still droll and quite amusing.

As in all of the (highly recommended) books in this series, Colin Watson manages to skewer English village life.  His characters are well drawn and humorous. And yes, this book is ridiculous, none of it would fly in real life, but it really works as a funny mystery/procedural.  As with the other books in the series, puns and wordplay get a starring role.  It's well worth reading and savoring this series slowly to enjoy the masterful writing. Colin Watson had a rare talent, and it's a joy to be able to revisit Flaxborough.

Five stars.  I'm a bit sad that there's just one more book in the series.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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