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Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters
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Fallen into the Pit (1951)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Inspector Felse (1)

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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 |
The first of the George Felse mysteries (my favorite Peters–I’ve never taken to Cadfael). A kind of sad and uneasy story. Beautifully written—I especially like Chad. And, of course, Dominic. Bunty and George don’t get quite as developed as in later books. [June 2010] ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 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 |
Not bad. The only problem with it is that it's too similar to Rainbow's End and Joyful Woman - Dom comes up with a clever (documentary) trap that lands him in severe danger, though he's provided for rescue. If this had been referenced in Joyful Woman it would have been better - but I'm not sure what order they were written in. And I remembered the final solution to the mystery but not that it only comes after the whole story's done, to explain the slightly thin motive. Another loose end is Pussy - she's Dom's best friend and other self here, and never shows up again. As an individual story it's very good - straightforward mystery and police procedural, emotional complications of many sorts, musings on the effects of the war on English society, schoolboy pranks and much nastier diversions - full of all manner of things, well-written and well-presented. As part of a series it's a little annoying for its lack of references and lack of being referred to. Overall, good. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Oct 14, 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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