Geoffrey Belton Cobb was born
1892 and died in 1971. His main series characters were Inspector Cheviot
Burmann, Superintendent Manning and Bryan Armitage. The books remain
popular with collectors still today, more so than readers possibly,
early titles in original dust jackets being, of course, the most
Please Note: There are several years that saw 2 books published, when
this occurs we cannot currently guarantee the which of the two was
Other titles not listed: There are a couple of other books written by
the author that are not included here as we stick mainly to the crime
and mystery fiction titles due to the nature of the site.
from Home Guard Mystery by Belton Cobb
In this murder story the police make no appearance till the final page.
The unpopular Sergeant Cunnlngham of the Home Guard disappears while
scouting in a wood. Volunteer Bairstowe, the Section's elderly, very
unmilitary but somewhat philosophic buffoon, follows the lead of his
curiosity and unfolds a tense drama.
Of the sixteen characters In this story, twelve are members of the Home
Guard, and the descriptions of that force's activities will be found
Our reader claims that this is Belton Cobb's best book.
Sample from Double Detection
"HERE we are," cried June, as our train drew in at the station.
"Yes," I said. "And that means we've got to get out; I suppose. Though
what we've come for, I don't know, Why can't we stay in the train till
it goes back again?"
"Oh, come along," said June. "This is a holiday. It will do you a world
of good, and we are going to enjoy it."
"I'm absolutely certain," I answered, "that the place is death."
Three weeks earlier, I had had a minor operation. When the ordeal was
first mooted, the tremors which accompany the idea of "being carved up"
were nicely balanced by the prospect of a month's sick leave : kind
friends assured me that I should be as fit as a riddle after the first
fortnight and able to enjoy my holiday. To put it succinctly, they lied.
It was the first fortnight that I rather enjoyed, in spite of pain —
with the novelty of being an interesting invalid and the pleasure of
lying in bed, conscience-free : the third week I sank into the depths of
The doctor told June, my wife, to take me to the seaside. "Go with him
yourself," he said, "and see that he has some bright society." He
recommended this spot on the South Coast. Well, either he lied too, or
else he had no acquaintance with small seaside resorts in a war-time
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