George Bellairs

George Bellairs

George Bellairs, a pseudonym for Harold Blundell, was a prolific novelist whose writing career stretched from 1941 to 1980. His writing style, even in his later books, evokes the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and most of his mysteries can be categorized as police procedurals.

Most of Bellairs’ crime novels feature his series detective, Inspector Littlejohn. Travel is a recurring theme in these stories and often he finds himself investigating in an informal capacity, either on the Isle of Man or in France during his vacations.

Many of these novels have come back into print in recent years or are available as ebooks and with such a large number available it can be difficult to know where to begin. While I have only read a small portion of his work, I would suggest A Knife for Harry Dodd and The Dead Shall Be Raised as good starting points, the latter being released in a double-bill British Library Crime Classics edition along with The Murder of a Quack.

Thomas Littlejohn

1942
The Four Unfaithful Servants
1942
Death of a Busybody
1942
The Dead Shall Be Raised
1943
The Murder of a Quack
1944
The Case Of The Seven
Whistlers
1945
Calamity At Harwood
1945
Death in the Night Watches
1946
The Case of the Scared
Rabbits
1946
The Crime At Halfpenny
Bridge
1948
Death On the Last Train
1948
Outrage On Gallows Hill
1949
The Case of the Demented
Spiv
1949
The Case of the Famished
Parson
1950
The Case of the Headless
Jesuit
1950
Crime in Lepers’ Hollow
1951
Dead March for Penelope
Blow
1952
Death in Dark Glasses
1953
Half-mast for the Deemster
1953
A Knife for Harry Dodd
1954
Corpses in Enderby
1954
The Cursing Stones Murder
1955
Death In Room Five
1956
Death Drops the Pilot
1956
Death Treads Softly
1956
Intruder In The Dark
1957
Death in High Provence
1957
Death Sends for the Doctor
1958
Corpse At The Carnival
1958
Murder Makes Mistakes
1959
Bones in the Wilderness
1959
Toll the Bell for Murder
1960
Death in the Fearful Night
1961
The Body in the Dumb River
1961
Death Of A Tin God
1962
Death Before Breakfast
1962
The Tormentors
1963
Death in the Wasteland
1964
Death of a Shadow
1964
Surfeit of Suspects
1965
Death Spins the Wheel
1966
Strangers Among the Dead
1967
Death in Desolation
1967
Single Ticket to Death
1968
Fatal Alibi
1968
Murder Gone Mad
1970
The Night They Killed Joss
Varran
1970
Tycoon’s Death-bed
1972
Pomeroy, Deceased
1972
Murder Adrift
1973
Devious Murder
1975
Fear Round About
1977
Close All Roads to Sospel
1978
The Downhill Ride of Leeman Popple
1980
An Old Man Dies

Standalone
Turmoil in Zion (1943)
Murder at Morning Prayers (1947) (as by Hilary Landon)
Circle Round A Corpse (1948) (as by Hilary Landon)
Officer That’s Your Man! (1948)
Choose Your Own Verdict (1949) (as by Hilary Landon)
Exit Sir Toby Belch (1950) (as by Hilary Landon)