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Colin Watson (1920-1983) was a British writer of detective fiction and the creator of characters such as Inspector Purbright and Lucilla Teatime. He is most famous for the twelve Flaxborough novels, typified by their comic and dry wit and set in a fictional small town in England which is closely based on Boston, Lincolnshire. He worked as a journalist in Lincolnshire and the characters in his books are said to be highly recognisable caricatures of people he encountered in his work.

The central character, Inspector Walter Purbright, is perhaps not the most intellectually dazzling detective in fiction. He does, though, provide an unusually solid core of decency and civilisation around which more fanciful and sometimes whimsical events can be strung. His understanding of the case in hand emerges from a process of polite, measured enquiry. Purbright's decency is at the heart of Watson's thesis: that civilised life depends on basic tolerance, decency and the honesty of its guardians. His commitment to total impartiality, his refusal to be deflected by special interests and social position and his scrupulous refusal to cut procedural corners all go to make up a quintessentially English hero.

Four of the Flaxborough novels were adapted for television by the BBC under the series title Murder Most English. The adaptation successfully reflected key elements of the books: the gentle behind-the-times feel of a small English market town, the merciless targeting of the pretensions of the town's bourgeoisie, and his determination that whatever exotic trappings are used to decorate the plot, the central crime is always motivated by money. Anton Rodgers starred as Purbright with Christopher Timothy as Detective Sergeant Love. Colin Watson produced the ninth Flaxborough novel, One Man's Meat, to coincide with the series.

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Total Books: 88
Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby'
2011 - Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby' [The Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571259090
ISBN-10: 057125909X
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Broomsticks Over Flaxborough
2011 - Broomsticks Over Flaxborough [The Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571254149
ISBN-10: 0571254144
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Blue Murder
2011 - Blue Murder [The Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571255863
ISBN-10: 0571255868
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One Man's Meat
2011 - One Man's Meat [The Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571255856
ISBN-10: 057125585X
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Plaster Sinners
2011 - Plaster Sinners [The Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571256181
ISBN-10: 057125618X
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Doubly In Crown Service The Life Story Of Colin Watson Introducer Of Steam On The River Mersey
The Naked Nuns
2009 - The Naked Nuns [Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571255030
ISBN-10: 0571255035
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Lonelyheart 4122
2009 - Lonelyheart 4122 [Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780571252015
ISBN-10: 057125201X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Hopjoy Was Here
2009 - Hopjoy Was Here (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781601870438
ISBN-10: 1601870434
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Bump in the Night
2008 - Bump in the Night [The Flaxborough Chronicles] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781601870315
ISBN-10: 1601870310
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Coffin Scarcely Used
2008 - Coffin Scarcely Used [Flaxborough Chronicles] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781601870162
ISBN-10: 1601870167
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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As it happened 1803 - 2003 Colin Watson friend of the century for conservation and bushwalking
Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby
1991 - Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby [The Flaxborough Novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749310387
ISBN-10: 0749310383
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Naked Nuns
1991 - Naked Nuns [The Flaxborough novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749306670
ISBN-10: 074930667X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Charity Ends at Home
1991 - Charity Ends at Home [The Flaxborough novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749306625
ISBN-10: 0749306629
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Snobbery with Violence English Crime Stories and Their Audience
1987 - Snobbery with VIolence English Crime Stories and Their Audience [A Methuen paperback] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413142603
ISBN-10: 0413142604
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Blue Murder
1987 - Blue Murder (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413404602
ISBN-10: 0413404609
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1987 - The Flaxborough Crab [New Portway Large Print Books] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
One Mans Meat
1983 - One Mans Meat (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413516909
ISBN-10: 0413516903
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Six Nuns and a Shotgun
1983 - Six Nuns and a Shotgun [aka The Naked Nuns - Flaxborough, Bk 8] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440178712
ISBN-10: 0440178711
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Just What the Doctor Ordered
1982 - Just What the Doctor Ordered (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440142423
ISBN-10: 0440142423
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Coffin Scarcely Used
1981 - Coffin Scarcely Used (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780440115113
ISBN-10: 0440115116
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Hop Joy Was Here [an inspector purbright mystery] (Paperback)
Lonely Heart [Scarlet Dagger Large Print Books] (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette