COLIN WATSON ( By Eileen Dorr)
Colin was born in Croydon, Surrey on February 1st 1920 and attended Whitgift School
in south Croydon 1930-
Colin had his first crime novel ‘Coffin Scarcely Used’ published in 1958. It was the first of twelve novels known as the Flaxborough Chronicles. The fictional town of Flaxborough is thought to be based on the town of Boston. The third novel of the series ‘Hopjoy Was Here’ published in 1962 won the Silver Dagger Award from the British Crime Writer’s Association. Five years later he won a second Silver Dagger Award with his novel ‘Lonelyheart 4122’. The main characters in the books are Inspector Purbright, Sergeant Love and Miss Lucinda Teatime. The BBC bought television rights to his books and made a seven part series in 1977 called ‘Murder Most English’. Anton Rodgers played the part of Inspector Purbright, Christopher Timothy played Sergeant Love and Brenda Bruce played Miss Teatime. The series has now been brought out on DVD.
He wrote his last three books whilst living in the village. ‘Blue Murder’ was published
in 1979, ‘Plaster Sinners’ in 1980 and ‘What-
He was said to have be one of the greatest satirists in the field of mystery.
Colin died in the Pilgrim hospital, Boston after a routine check up on January 17th 1983 at the age of 62 years and is buried in Folkingham churchyard. His wife Ann was managing director of Watson & Walker Ltd of Heckington
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