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Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters

Fallen into the Pit (1951)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Inspector Felse (1)

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This book is written in a style that certain female British authors seem to have adopted in the 30s through the 50s. Another author who wrote similarly is Mary Renault in her contemporary novels and Dorothy Sayers in her later Lord Peter mysteries. The style is hard to describe, but very recognizable and sometimes rather precious and annoying. I read this book in an original edition; it smelled fantastic and made me think of the original readers of this book. Although it is set just a few years after WWII and the plot incorporates elements of the aftermath of the war like former German POWs and ex-commandoes there is no mention of rationing. This may be because this story is set in the country or possibly because the author felt it would be wrong to remind her readers about how hungry they were always feeling.

The plot itself was good, with a convincing revelation in the end, and the clues were fairly placed before the reader. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 24, 2015 |
Vivid post World War 2 setting -- an unpleasant German POW released for farm work is killed after a quarrel that involved a charismatic teacher of Felse's young son Dominic, who investigates on his own. The unpleasant German in peaceful English village setting reminds me of one of the storoes in Maning Coles' Nothing to Declare.. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 23, 2015 |
Inspector Felse mystery regarding a former German soldier held in the UK who works in an open pit coal mine in 1951. ( )
  stuart10er | Sep 27, 2013 |
I liked the whole atmosphere in this mystery. It's a village in post-war UK. They are wondering can they go back to life before the war? Should they? It shows how people who are together in a small village their whole lifes manage to get along. I think it has the right balance between being overly cheery and dark and menacing. I remember reading kid's mysteries like Trixie Belden. It is a more realistic look at two 13-year olds being detectives. ( )
  BonnieJune54 | Mar 17, 2012 |
German Nazi murdered, working in rural England, farmers and coal miners. 13-year old Dominic, and friend Puss. ( )
  UPMarta | Dec 6, 2009 |
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The war ended, and the young men came home, and tried indignantly to fit themselves into old clothes and old habits which proved, on examination, to be both a little threadbare, and on trial to be both cripplingly small for bodies and minds mysteriously grown in absence.
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During WWII, a Nazi Prisoner of War is murdered in Comerford. Sergeant Felse is aided by his enthusiastic son, Dominic.
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When Police Sargeant George Felse investigates the murder of a former German prisoner of war who was found by his son, he finds his personal life threatened by his job.

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