Beagling of a different Kind

Inspektor Beagle 1 book coverNo, we’re not talking about hunting with a pack of hounds, chasing defenceless hares or foxes through the countryside without remorse! This is beagling of an entirely different kind, although it does involve a Beagle with a keen nose and a Basset hound with a keen appetite.

My first German language short story collection is finally out as an e-book, yay! Readers can check my German language skills and complain to their hearts’ content about my many mistakes by purchasing a copy of this book for the astonishingly generous price of $0.99 at and about 60 other e-book outlets. What’s it about?

In three humorous murder mystery short stories set against the backdrop of WWII Inspector Beagle and his colleagues try to uphold the law, while all around them the world is falling to bits. It is 1941; the town Mumsgate on the east coast of England is plagued by unwanted visits from Hitler & Co. Meanwhile, Inspector Beagle and Sergeant Beanstalk, Constable Roddy Winters and police dog Monty are plagued by a series of baffling murders.

A rich aristocrat vanishes without trace and nobody sheds a tear. A seemingly harmless old woman is brutally murdered in a bewildering crime that leads to a German spy ring. A respected judge first loses his moral scruples and then his head. Literally.

Bombs fall and buildings crumble before Inspector Beagle’s even shown his warrant card. His police car has run out of petrol and is turned into a vegetable patch. There may be no bacon, eggs or sausages, but as far as Inspector Beagle is concerned, justice and humanity will never be in short supply.

And for readers of a German language persuasion here’s the blurb again:

In drei spannenden Krimi Kurzgeschichten fahnden Inspektor Beagle und seine Kollegen mit viel Humor nach Bösewichtern, obwohl doch im Hintergrund die Welt in die Hose zu gehen scheint. Es ist 1941; in der Stadt Mumsgate an der Ostküste von England plagen sich die Einwohner mit unerwünschten Besuchen von Herrn Hitler & Co. herum, während Inspektor Beagle und Sergeant Beanstalk, Constable Roddy Winters und Polizeihund Monty von einer Serie von Morden geplagt werden.

Ein reicher Lord ist plötzlich weg und niemand weint ihm eine Träne nach. Eine alte Frau scheint in Spionage verwickelt zu sein und wird abgemurkst. Ein Richter verliert erst seinen moralischen Standpunkt und später noch seinen Kopf. Wortwörtlich.

Da krachen die Bomben und Gebäude fallen um, bevor man den Durchsuchungsbefehl geben kann. Der Dienstwagen wird zum Gemüsebeet umgewandelt, denn Benzin gibt’s ja ohnehin nicht mehr. Es mag zwar keinen Speck, Eier oder Würstchen mehr geben, aber was Inspektor Beagle angeht, wird’s nie an Gerechtigkeit und Menschlichkeit mangeln.

Inspektor Beagle ermittelt bei

Inspektor Beagle ermittelt bei

There you have it; beagling of a different kind; entirely safe for hares, foxes and beagles of all nationalities.

Happy summer reading everyone!


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