Fallen into the Pit (Inspector George Felse, Bk 1)
Fallen into the Pit - Inspector George Felse, Bk 1 Author:Ellis Peters A DEADLY LOSS OF INNOCENCE... — All the school boys of Comerford look up to Chad Wedderburn, a classics master who was a hero of the Resistance in World War II. But they are puzzled by his unwavering stand against all violence. And when he is blamed for the brutal murder of a former German prisoner of war who settled in this remote Shropshire tow... more »n, none of them believe he did it.
Policeman George Felse is also deeply troubled by this killing. His son Dominic discovered the body, and now the boy is doggedly pursuing clues in the isolated countryside to clear his teacher. As young Felse digs deeper, his father feels a mounting pressure. For Inspector Felse knows all too well that Dominic is playing with fire, and that he must close the case quickly -- before the killer teaches them both a lesson in murder...« less
The author took the time to develop the characters before getting into the crime/mystery. The plot moved along more slowly than plots today, but had more substance. By reading the book, I got a feel for what post-WWII in England was like. And I learned some new terms (such as "collier"). Am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.
This first book in the Sergeant Felse series is so different than Ellis Peter's Cadfael series that at times I thought it must be by a different author. At times it seemed to bog down into what I consider to be the least attractive characteristic of English mystery authors - too much discussion of matters not pertaining to the plot.
Still, other parts were fascinating - especially the last few chapters - and I plan to continue reading in this series. At least, the two other books that I have on hand, before I make a final decision on whether to read them all.