Any Colin Watson ( The Crime Writer ) Fans Out There

The UK has produced a string of crime writers , ranging from Agatha Christie to Ian Rankin. One person who tends to be overlooked is Colin Watson. He wrote a dozen novels in the 60’s and 70’s but died at the comparatively young age of 60. All his novels are set in the small , east England town of Flaxborough which is probably Boston , Lincolnshire in real life. The “hero” is Inspector Purbright who investigates various crimes ( including murder ) amongst what appears to be a genteel town but is seething with lust , jealousy and corruption. If you haven’t read any and are running out of crime authors I recommend these books. They are funny , rather rude and very enjoyable.

The BBC made a few programmes based on these stories back in the 70’s , starring Anton Rodgers , but it has been years since they were broadcast. Lets hope they can be resurrected. As for the books they can be readily found , second hand, on Ebay and Amazon.They sometimes come under the generic title of the Flaxborough Chronicles. Give them a try!