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Watson, Colin

Overview
Works: 37 works in 296 publications in 5 languages and 6,481 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Detective and mystery television programs  Detective and mystery fiction  Television programs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6073.A86, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Colin Watson
Snobbery with violence: crime stories and their audience by Colin Watson( Book )

37 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whatever's been going on at Mumblesby? by Colin Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While attending the funeral of one of Mumblesby's prominent citizens, Inspector Purbright discovers some mysterious goings-on which lead him to a conspiracy of blackmail and murder
Six nuns and a shotgun by Colin Watson( Book )

3 editions published between 1974 and 1983 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just what the doctor ordered by Colin Watson( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 1983 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It shouldn't happen to a dog by Colin Watson( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julia Harton is married to a rising pet food executive, but he refuses to pay her alimony. She becomes involved in 'Happy Endings Inc, ' an imaginary company whose proprietor proposes to blackmail Julia's husband. When Julia disappears, Inspector Purbright must delve deep to find the truth about the town's mysteries
Lonelyheart 4122 by Colin Watson( Book )

28 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kriminalroman
Coffin, scarcely used by Colin Watson( Book )

29 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The owner of "The Flaxborough Citizen" is found electrocuted beneath an electricity pylon, in his slippers, his mouth full of marshmallows. Is it accident, suicide or murder? As other leading citizens of the village of Flaxborough turn up dead, Detective Inspector Purbright begins turning up clues to the murders
Kissing covens by Colin Watson( Book )

4 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plaster sinners by Colin Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kriminalroman
Hopjoy was here by Colin Watson( Book )

26 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kriminalroman
Charity ends at home by Colin Watson( Book )

21 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My Dear Friend ... I am in great danger. The person whose loyal and faithful companion I have been ... intends to have me done away with ... When this unsigned letter is sent to three people in town of them take it seriously. However, as with most events Inspector Purbright and the residents of Flaxborough realise that hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially when a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Charity Ends at Home is the fifth novel in the Flaxborough series and was first published in 1968. Faber Finds will be reissuing all the Flaxborough novels in sequence. 'Argu
Murder most English( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clad in tweed and puffing on a pipe, Detective Inspector Purbright pursues the evildoers of Flaxborough with a doggedness that belies his polite conversation and mild manner. Although the quiet country town appears all gentility, beneath the surface lies a darker world of deception, intrigue, treachery, and infidelity
The Flaxborough crab by Colin Watson( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I'm a bee," said the voice in the darkness. "I want to pollinate you. I'd like to lift your petals." Mrs Pasquith was the latest victim of the Flaxborough sex-fiend, although her ordeal was vocal rather than physical. There had been three incidents, all at night and with one common factor. In each case the attacker was described as "running sideways", almost like a crab. The virtue of Flaxborough's womanhood must be protected so Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love get to work. Soon they are surprised to find themselves dealing with a certain Miss Lucilla Teatime
Bump in the night by Colin Watson( Book )

15 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Inspector Purbright of the Flaxborough police force is used to a life of quietude in a small market town, yet he knows that behind the outward respectability of typical English communities a darker underbelly of greed, crime and corruption lurks. Chalmsbury, a neighbouring town to Flaxborough, has been experiencing a series of explosions that have destroyed many of the town's monuments. Explosives have even gone missing from the Flaxborough civil defence centre and Purbright is seconded to the baffled Chalmsbury police force to help them discover the culprit. When one of the locals
Blue murder by Colin Watson( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A car mowing its way through Flaxborough market (and almost over Constable Cowdry) dramatically signals the presence of fearless, crusading journalist - Clive Grail, bent on uncovering scandal in that town's quiet and overtly respectable back streets. In answer to published hints of revelations to come, the mayor issues a challenge of a bloodcurdling and - as Inspector Purbright patiently explains - illegal nature. However, the war of threats is not the worst of it. Those who play with blue films and blackmail often find themselves involved in more than they had bargained for; and soon Purbright finds himself striving to solve a much graver and more sinister crime... First published in 1979, Blue Murder is the tenth novel in the Flaxborough series and displays Watson's characteristic dry wit and striking observation. 'Flaxborough is Colin Watson's quiet English town whose outward respectability masks a seething pottage of greed, crime and vice... Mr Watson wields a delightfully witty pen dripped in acid.' Daily Telegraph 'Arguably the best, and certainly the most consistent of comic crime writers, delicately treading the line between wit and farce... Funny, stylish and good mysteries to boot.' TIME OUT
One man's meat by Colin Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lincolnshire town of Flaxborough seems respectable enough with many professionals living there, but young Robert Digby Tring's sudden death in the fairground brings a shock to the inhabitants. Julia Harton is married to a rising pet food executive, but becomes involved in Happy Endings Inc. What is this organisation? Inspector Purbright must delve deep to find the truth about the town's mysteries
Broomsticks over Flaxborough by Colin Watson( Book )

7 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The naked nuns by Colin Watson( Book )

9 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder most English by Colin Watson( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Inspector Purbright serenely polices the clean but mean streets of Flaxborough, armed with courtesy, respect and a steely determination. Although the quiet country town appears all gentility, beneath the surface lies a darker world of deception, intrigue, treachery, and infidelity
Murder most English( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something is bringing out the worst in the old men of Flaxborough, and they are taking it out on the ladies of the town, young and old alike. Women aren't safe anywhere. Could this "excess of vitality" really be the result of an herbal remedy favored by the seniors?
 
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Coffin, scarcely used
Alternative Names
Colin Watson author

Colin Watson Brits schrijver (1920-1983)

Colin Watson écrivain britannique

Colin Watson englischer Schriftsteller

Watson, Colin 1920-1983

Уотсон, Колин

کالین واتسون نویسنده بریتانیایی

コリン・ワトスン

ワトスン, コリン

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Coffin, scarcely usedHopjoy was hereCharity ends at homeBump in the nightBlue murderOne man's meatBroomsticks over FlaxboroughThe naked nuns