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Death Spins the Wheel

Death Spins the Wheel

An Inspector Littlejohn Mystery

by George Bellairs

Agora Books

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 02 Aug 2018


Death Spins the Wheel is definitely one of George Bellairs’s more compelling mysteries. Part of what makes it so intriguing is how easy it is to accept a convincing story, and how difficult it can be to establish the truth.

Madame Garnier is a professional gambler. She is extremely successful, but casinos are never troubled as she never breaks the bank, is always polite, and her winning encourages others to play more. Then, after spending time at the new casino on the Isle of Man, she is found dead on the beach. Meanwhile, her brother shows up injured miles away, before disappearing again. Madame Garnier is traced back to France, where Inspector Littlejohn comes to discover a complex history dating back to the war. (WWII)

Part police procedural, part spy drama, Death Spins the Wheel is a fascinating mystery. I loved Bellairs writing style, particularly his depictions of the various individuals Littlejohn and the Archdeacon encounter. Bellairs is good at portraying individual quirks and foibles. While there is plenty of danger and suspense, there is also a sense that justice will be served and all put to right.

4 / 5

I received a copy of Death Spins the Wheel from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.

— Crittermom


Inspector Littlejohn is back on August 2, 2018.

With one woman murdered and a man on the run, can Littlejohn dredge through years of family secrets and wartime betrayal before anyone else gets hurt?

When Madame Garnier arrives at the casino on the Isle of Man, everyone is interested. She knows all the tricks, bets on all the right numbers, and is enjoying a solid winning streak. That is until she’s found dead on the beach.

As theories about her murder run wild, Inspector Littlejohn is called in to get to the bottom of her mysterious demise. Following leads to France and Switzerland, Littlejohn must untangle a conspiracy that leads all the way to the French Resistance if he is to solve the case.

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