Thomas Littlejohn is the protagonist in a series of crime fiction novels by English novelist George Bellairs. The novels consist of strong plots, strong characters, scandal, intrigue, and humour. Inspector Littlejohn himself is both intelligent and compassionate. The series has a contemporary setting to when the books were written, and are usually set in small communities.

George Bellairs began his Thomas Littlejohn series in 1941 with the novel Littlejohn on Leave. The series concluded in 1980 with the novel An Old Man Dies. Below is a list of George Bellairs’ Thomas Littlejohn books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Thomas Littlejohn Books

Littlejohn on Leave(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Four Unfaithful Servants(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Busybody(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Will Speak(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murder of a Quack(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Seven Whistlers(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Calamity at Harwood(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in the Night Watches(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Scared Rabbits(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crime at Halfpenny Bridge(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Last Train(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Outrage on Gallows Hill(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Demented Spiv(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Famished Parson(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Headless Jesuit(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime in Lepers' Hollow(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead March for Penelope Blow(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Dark Glasses(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Half-mast for the Deemster(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Knife for Harry Dodd(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Corpses in Enderby(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cursing Stones Murder(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death In Room Five(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Drops the Pilot(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Treads Softly(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Intruder in the Dark(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in High Provence(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Sends for the Doctor(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Corpse at the Carnival(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Makes Mistakes(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bones in the Wilderness(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Toll the Bell for Murder(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in the Fearful Night(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Body in the Dumb River(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Tin God(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Before Breakfast(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tormentors(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in the Wasteland(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Shadow(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Surfeit of Suspects(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Spins the Wheel(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Strangers Among the Dead(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Desolation(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Single Ticket to Death(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fatal Alibi(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Gone Mad(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Night They Killed Joss Varran(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tycoon's Death-bed(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pomeroy, Deceased(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Adrift(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Devious Murder(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fear Round About(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Close All Roads to Sospel(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Downhill Ride of Leeman Popple(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Old Man Dies(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


Notes: Murder Will Speak was also published under the alternate title of The Dead Shall Be Raised. The Case of the Headless Jesuit was also released as Death Brings in the New Year. Dead March for Penelope Blow is also known as Dead March for Penelope. The Body in the Dumb River was also published under the title of Murder Masquerade. Close All Roads to Sospel was shortened to All Roads to Sospel.

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Thomas Littlejohn Synopsis: Death of a Busybody is the third book in the Thomas Littlejohn series by George Bellairs. Miss Tither, the village busybody, is not the most-loved resident of Hilary Magna. She has her enemies, which she made by bombarding the villagers with religious tracts, berating drunkards, and informing the spouses of cheating partners. Her murder, however, is still a huge shock to the Reverend Ethelred Claplady and his parish. Inspector Littlejohn’s understanding of country ways makes him Scotland Yard’s first choice for the job. Basing himself at the village inn, Littlejohn works with the local police to investigate what lay behind the murder. A second death does little to settle the collective nerves of the village, and as events escalate, a strange tale of hidden identities, repressed resentment, religious fervour and financial scams is uncovered. Life in the picturesque village of Hilary Magna proves to be very far from idyllic.

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