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The stranger in the asylum  by Alys Clare

The stranger in the asylum

Alys Clare

"Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham have to hunt down an escapee from a French asylum. London, April 1882. When cool-headed Phyllida visits the World's End Investigation Bureau to offer a curious case concerning her fiance, proprietor Lily...

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Murder in transit  by Edward Marston

Murder in transit

Edward Marston

"1866. On a train bound for Portsmouth, an elegant woman shares a first-class compartment with a gentleman in a celebratory mood. Giles Blanchard reveals his lecherous side as the journey gets underway, but he will never reach his home on the Isle of Wight...

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Nefertiti  by Nick Drake

Nefertiti

Nick Drake

"She is Nefertiti-- beautiful and revered. With her husband, Akhenaten, she rules over Egypt, the most affluent, formidable, sophisticated empire in the ancient world. But an epic power struggle is afoot, brought on by the royal couple's inauguration of an...

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The guilt of innocents  by Candace M. Robb

The guilt of innocents

Candace M. Robb

"Winter 1372, in York: A man has drowned in the River Ouse during a skirmish with dockworkers and the boys of a minster school. Renowned for solving many crimes, Owen is immediately drawn into the case. But right from the start he realizes that it isn't a...

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The devil in the Marshalsea  by Antonia Hodgson

The devil in the Marshalsea

Antonia Hodgson

"It's 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he's going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there's a sense of honor there too, and Tom...

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Friday Harbor  by D. C. Alexander

Friday Harbor

D. C. Alexander

"It's 1922. Prohibition is the law of the land. A rumrunner's boat is found adrift near the United States-Canada maritime border of Puget Sound, its crew missing, its cargo hold riddled with bullet holes and awash with blood. Young Sheriff Miles Scott takes on...

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Split  by Alida Bremer

Split

Alida Bremer

"It's 1936. The seaside-resort village of Split on the Adriatic coast bustles. The tourist spots are booming, passenger steamers dot the harbor, and Jewish émigrés have found tenuous refuge from persecution. But as war in Europe looms, Split is also a nest of...

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Death on the Scotland Express  by Fliss Chester

Death on the Scotland Express

Fliss Chester

"After an eventful trip to the Scottish Highlands, Cressida Fawcett is looking forward to being back among her society friends in London. Enjoying an ice-cold martini in the lounge car of the express train, loyal pug Ruby on her lap, she's ready to blow off...

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A vigil of spies  by Candace M. Robb

A vigil of spies

Candace M. Robb

"John Thoresby, the Archbishop of York, lies dying. One of the most powerful men in the country, his imminent demise has the dominant families of the north vying to influence his succession. Owen Archer, one of the few men Thoresby trusts, is determined that...

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Murder at the polo club  by C. J. Archer

Murder at the polo club

C. J. Archer

"Summer has arrived along with a plethora of social events that keep Cleo and her cousins busy. Between balls, dinners, concerts and picnics, they attend the final match between two proud polo clubs. When the winning team's captain is found murdered in the...

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The beholders  by Hester Musson

The beholders

Hester Musson

"June, 1878. The body of a boy is pulled from the depths of the River Thames, suspected to be the beloved missing child of the widely admired Liberal MP Ralph Gethin. Four months earlier. Harriet is a young maid newly employed at Finton Hall. Fleeing the...

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The lace widow  by Mollie Cox Bryan

The lace widow

Mollie Cox Bryan

"New York, 1804. America's beloved Alexander Hamilton lies dead after a duel with Aaron Burr. Meanwhile, Eliza Hamilton's eighteen-year-old son, Alexander Jr., was seen fighting with a man in a tavern the night before his father's duel and quickly comes under...

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Murder at the Highland Castle  by Helena Dixon

Murder at the Highland Castle

Helena Dixon

"A majestic castle by a Scottish loch, a glass of whisky by a roaring fire, stockings hung by the chimney... and a body? It's a midwinter murder for Kitty Underhay! Winter, 1935. Lightly dusted with snow and nestled on the edge of a sweeping Scottish loch,...

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Death at the Abbey  by Anita Davison

Death at the Abbey

Anita Davison

"When Flora Maguire receives an alarming telegram informing her of her father's tragic death in a riding accident, she races back from London to her childhood home. But when Flora and her new husband, Bunny, get to Cleeve Abbey - where she was once Governess...

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Murder at Bletchley Park  by Christina Koning

Murder at Bletchley Park

Christina Koning

"Spring, 1941. The Second World War has entered a dangerous phase, with British ships being torpedoed in the Atlantic and nightly bombing raids on major ports. At Bletchley Park, top secret home of the nation's code-breakers, the race is on to crack the German...

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The Juliet code  by Pepper Basham

The Juliet code

Pepper Basham

"Frederick and Grace Percy finally make it to Italy to enjoy a delayed honeymoon and explore the beauties of the historic city of Venice. To their surprise, their friend, Detective Jack Miracle, is also in the city, investigating a series of art heists...

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Terror in topaz  by A. M. Stuart

Terror in topaz

A. M. Stuart

"Singapore 1910: Harriet Gordon has been dismissed from the job she loved and finds herself cast adrift. When her brother receives an invitation to visit a prestigious school in Kuala Lumpur, she and Julian decide to leave Singapore behind for a few days, but...

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The Meiji guillotine murders  by Fūtarō Yamada

The Meiji guillotine murders

Fūtarō Yamada

"Tokyo, 1869. It is the dawn of the Meiji era in Japan, but the scars of the bloody recent civil war are yet to heal. The new regime struggles to keep the peace as old scores are settled and dangerous new ideas flood into the country from the West. A new...

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Murder at the Louvre  by Jim Eldridge

Murder at the Louvre

Jim Eldridge

"Paris, 1899. Abigail Wilson has received an invitation from Professor Alphonse Flamand, a prominent French Professor of Archaeology, to join him on anarchaeological dig in Egypt. Overjoyed to be presented with such an opportunity, Abigail and her husband,...

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Murder in a French village  by Merryn Allingham

Murder in a French village

Merryn Allingham

" Jack is stunned to receive a call from his estranged mother, asking him to drop everything and come to France. Together with Flora, his fellow sleuth, they pack their suitcases, dreaming of fragrant lavender fields and freshly baked pain au chocolat. It's...

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Munich wolf  by Rory Clements

Munich wolf

Rory Clements

Munich, 1935: The Bavarian capital is a magnet for young, aristocratic Britons who come to learn German, swim in the lakes and drink beer in the cellars. What they don't see - or choose to ignore - is the brutal underbelly of the Nazi movement which considers...

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Blotto, Twinks and the phantom skiers  by Simon Brett

Blotto, Twinks and the phantom skiers

Simon Brett

"Blotto and Twinks are off on another adventure-- and this time they're bound for the Swiss village of Luzvimmen, where Blotto participates in racing the prestigious Croissant Run, though someone seems determined to sabotage his chances. Twinks, on the other...

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City of betrayal  by Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

City of betrayal

Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

"A year has passed since Elizabeth Bates ran her last con. Life has been simpler, although not nearly as exciting, but she has thrown herself into working to get the 19th Amendment ratified by thirty-six states to become the law of the land. Since every other...

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The curse of Penryth Hall  by Jess Armstrong

The curse of Penryth Hall

Jess Armstrong

"After the Great War, American heiress Ruby Vaughn made a life for herself running a rare bookstore alongside her octogenarian employer and house mate in Exeter. She's always avoided dwelling on the past, even before the war, but it always has a way of finding...

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Murder by candlelight  by Faith Martin

Murder by candlelight

Faith Martin

"The Cotswolds, 1924. At the Old Forge in the quiet village of Maybury-in-the-Marsh a cry of anguish rings out-- the lady of the house Amy Phelps has been discovered dead. But with all the windows and doors to her room locked from inside, how-- and by whom--...

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The Nubian's curse  by Barbara Hambly

The Nubian's curse

Barbara Hambly

"December 1840. Surgeon turned piano-player Benjamin January is looking forward to a peaceful holiday with his family. But the arrival of an old friend brings unexpected news - and unexpected danger. Persephone Jondrette has found Arithmus: a Sudanese man with...

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Garden of beasts  by Jeffery Deaver

Garden of beasts

Jeffery Deaver

"Reputed for his vow to take only morally righteous assignments in 1936 New York City, a German American hit man is forced by the government to pose as an Olympic contender and kill a member of Hitler's regime."--Publisher.

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Murder crossed her mind  by Stephen Spotswood

Murder crossed her mind

Stephen Spotswood

"When Vera Bodine, an elderly recluse with an exceptional memory, goes missing, detective duo Lillian Pentecost and her assistant Willowjean "Will" Parker are hired to track her down. But New York City in 1947 is a dangerous place, and there's no shortage of...

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Murder at Hendon Aerodrome  by Christina Koning

Murder at Hendon Aerodrome

Christina Koning

"May 1931. For blind First World War veteran Frederick Rowlands, the craze for flying holds little interest - after all, he is unlikely ever to set foot in an aeroplane himself. However, a chance meeting with a famous flier draws Rowlands into the glamorous,...

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The twilight queen  by Jeri Westerson

The twilight queen

Jeri Westerson

"1536, London. Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is in peril. In the mid of night, court jester Will Somers is summoned to an urgent assignation when she discovers a body in her chamber. The queen wants Will to find out who the man is and how he ended up there....

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Cocktails & chloroform  by Kelley Armstrong

Cocktails & chloroform

Kelley Armstrong

For modern-day detective Mallory Atkinson, being trapped in the body of a Victorian housemaid means overcoming endless obstacles. Her current challenge is winning over the suspicious young parlormaid, Alice. Mallory's plan starts with teaching the girl to make...

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Murder in Berlin  by Christina Koning

Murder in Berlin

Christina Koning

"Berlin, 1933. The Nazi regime is gaining devastating power as Hitler is appointed Chancellor and stark oppression begins to unfold in Germany, blind war veteran Frederick Rowlands takes on the most challenging investigation of his life . A glamorous film star...

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Murder in Regent's Park  by Christina Koning

Murder in Regent's Park

Christina Koning

"1929. Blinded war veteran Frederick Rowlands has escaped the bustle of London to establish a secure life for himself and his family in the countryside. But everything is about to change when an old friend, Chief Inspector Douglas, asks for his assistance in...

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Murder wears a hidden face  by Rosemary Simpson

Murder wears a hidden face

Rosemary Simpson

"February 1891: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of Chinese art objects, timed to coincide with the arrival of a new Chinese cultural attaché, Lord Peng. Prudence and Geoffrey are invited to attend the opening ceremonies. But...

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Danger of defeat  by Edward Marston

Danger of defeat

Edward Marston

"February 1918. Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Detective Sergeant Joe Keedy are pulled from their beds to attend a sinister siege involving three burglars where one policeman has already been shot dead. Attempts at talking the men in the house into...

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Shot with crimson  by Nicola Upson

Shot with crimson

Nicola Upson

"September, 1939, and the worries of war follow Josephine Tey to Hollywood, where a different sort of battle is raging on the set of Hitchcock's Rebecca. Then a shocking act of violence reawakens the shadows of the past, with consequences on both sides of the...

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A plague on both your houses  by Susanna Gregory

A plague on both your houses

Susanna Gregory

"Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and...

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Arsenic at Ascot  by Kelly Oliver

Arsenic at Ascot

Kelly Oliver

"Fiona Figg finds herself back in Old Blighty saddled with shuffling papers for the war office. Then a mysterious card arrives, inviting her to a fancy house party at Mentmore Castle. This year's Ascot-themed do will play host to a stable of animal defense...

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Act like a lady, think like a lord  by Celeste Connally

Act like a lady, think like a lord

Celeste Connally

"London, 1815. Lady Petra Forsyth, daughter of the Earl of Holbrook, has made a shocking proclamation. After losing her beloved fiancé in an accident three years earlier, she announces in front of London's loosest lips that she will never marry. A woman of...

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The unfinished clue  by Georgette Heyer

The unfinished clue

Georgette Heyer

"The stabbing of irascible General Sir Arthur Billington-Smith fails to stir up grief in anyone, least of all his family, which is no wonder considering the way he had treated them all during the fateful weekend. Inspector Harding picks his way through a mass...

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The last line  by Stephen Ronson

The last line

Stephen Ronson

"May, 1940. With Nazi forces sweeping across France, invasion seems imminent. The English Channel has never felt so narrow. In rural Sussex, war veteran John Cook has been tasked with preparing the resistance effort, should the worst happen. But even as the...

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The House of Silk  by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk

Anthony Horowitz

"It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a...

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A bitter truth  by Charles Todd

A bitter truth

Charles Todd

"A battlefield nurse during World War I returns to London for Christmas, but finds her holiday fraught with mystery and murder when she agrees to help a bruised and battered woman return to her small village in Sussex."--Publisher.

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The turnglass  by Gareth Rubin

The turnglass

Gareth Rubin

"1880s England: On the bleak island of Ray, off the Essex coast, an idealistic young doctor, Simeon Lee, is called from London to treat his cousin, Parson Oliver Hawes, who is dying. Parson Hawes, who lives in the only house on the island, Turnglass House,...

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Murder in Venice  by Martha Bond

Murder in Venice

Martha Bond

"Lottie Sprigg is a lowly maid. But when she's hired by a wealthy heiress, she embarks on a thrilling journey across Europe and beyond. Lottie's expecting exciting exploits and spectacular sights. But she's not expecting murder.....In Venice, Lottie befriends...

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Murder in Cairo  by Martha Bond

Murder in Cairo

Martha Bond

"Young sleuth, Lottie Sprigg, accompanies her employer to Cairo - a city flushed with excitement after the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. But a shadow looms after the untimely death of Lord Carnarvon- could the Pharaoh's Curse be real? "--Publisher.

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Murder in Monaco  by Martha Bond

Murder in Monaco

Martha Bond

"Lottie Sprigg and her employer arrive in glitzy Monaco where Lottie finds a mysterious note which threatens murder. Before she can act on in, a body is found in a private room at the Monte Carlo Casino. Who wrote the note? Lottie takes a gamble on discovering...

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Murder in Vienna  by Martha Bond

Murder in Vienna

Martha Bond

"A Viennese victim and a puzzle at the palace! Lottie Sprigg and her employer, Mrs Moore, are guests at Vienna's opulent Schoenbrunn Palace. But their visit goes awry when the corpse of a renowned psychoanalyst is found in the grounds. There's a handful of...

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A presumption of death  by Jill Paton Walsh

A presumption of death

Jill Paton Walsh

"1940, and while the Second World War rages on, Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country.But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers, and the...

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The socialite's guide to death and dating  by S. K. Golden

The socialite's guide to death and dating

S. K. Golden

"New York, 1958. Even though Evelyn Murphy has made progress conquering her agoraphobia by leaving the Pinnacle, she still feels most comfortable in her father's hotel. With Malcolm Cooper, her new boyfriend and fellow employee at the hotel, Evelyn feels...

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Murder in Dublin  by Christina Koning

Murder in Dublin

Christina Koning

"It is 1939 and the Second World War looms ever closer. Blind war veteran, Frederick Rowlands, travels to the neutral territory of Ireland at the behest of Celia Swift, whose husband, Edward Swift, Lord Castleford, has been receiving mysterious death threats....

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Viviana Valentine and the ticking clock  by Emily J. Edwards

Viviana Valentine and the ticking clock

Emily J. Edwards

"New York City, 1950. Viviana Valentine and Tommy Fortuna have a lot of resolutions for the new year, whether it's continuing to build up their detective agency or planning their wedding, the two are looking forward to the future. On their way to Times Square...

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Death in the dunes  by Pauline Rowson

Death in the dunes

Pauline Rowson

"1951, Dungeness, Kent. It's a bitterly cold day in March when Inspector Alun Ryga alights from the train on the Kent coast. Despite its name, Greatstone-on-Sea was far from great, no matter what any holiday poster advertized. But Ryga's not here for a...

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The frozen river  by Ariel Lawhon

The frozen river

Ariel Lawhon

Maine, 1789: When a man is found entombed in the frozen Kennebec River, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As the local midwife and healer, Martha is good at keeping secrets. Her diary is a record of every birth, death...

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Murder in the mist  by Cora Harrison

Murder in the mist

Cora Harrison

"Wilkie Collins is looking forward to spending Christmas at Gads Hill, Charles Dickens' Kentish country home, but the festivities are cut short when a body is found on the snowy marshland. Timmy O'Connor was invited to the gathering with his four nephews after...

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A Christmas vanishing  by Anne Perry

A Christmas vanishing

Anne Perry

"Mariah Ellison, Charlotte Pitt's grandmother, accepts her longtime friend Sadie's gracious invitation to spend Christmas with her and her husband, Barton, in their picturesque village. But upon arrival, Mariah discovers that Sadie has vanished without a...

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The proof of the pudding  by Rhys Bowen

The proof of the pudding

Rhys Bowen

"Georgie, back home at her estate in Eynsleigh, impatiently awaits the birth of her baby. But she has plenty to occupy her: her new chef, Pierre, has arrived from Paris, and Sir Hubert, who owns Eynsleigh, is back from his latest expedition. It's time for...

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The dead in their vaulted arches  by Alan Bradley

The dead in their vaulted arches

Alan Bradley

"Was their killer still at large? Could their killer be here at Buckshaw? Two deaths, ten years apart, give Flavia de Luce the distraction she needs at a time when her family are more remote and dysfunctional than usual. Especially when a bizarre series of...

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A red herring without mustard  by Alan Bradley

A red herring without mustard

Alan Bradley

"For eleven year old Flavia de Luce, an audience with a gypsy fortune-teller at the Bishop Lacey village fete is just a bit of fun until the old woman claims to see a vision of Flavia's mother who died when Flavia was a baby. Flavia is determined to find out...

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Revelation  by C. J. Sansom

Revelation

C. J. Sansom

"Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is...

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Dark fire  by C. J. Sansom

Dark fire

C. J. Sansom

"It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl...

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Tombland  by C. J. Sansom

Tombland

C. J. Sansom

"Summer, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos... the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in...

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Death at Larch Bridge  by Gretta Mulrooney

Death at Larch Bridge

Gretta Mulrooney

"A mysterious letter. A brutal murder on a lonely country lane. A town full of suspects. Fernfield, Oxfordshire, 1946. Last year, the Dolphin Hotel was the scene of the most scandalous crime. Now, Daisy Moore - hotel manager and resourceful solver of the crime...

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Death at the Dolphin  by Gretta Mulrooney

Death at the Dolphin

Gretta Mulrooney

"Even in peacetime, death is just around the corner. London, VE Day, 1945. Twenty-four-year-old Daisy Moore is at a crossroads. Racked with guilt over her mother's tragic death in a house fire, she needs a job and somewhere to live. She's offered a lifeline,...

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Daggers at the country fair  by Catherine Coles

Daggers at the country fair

Catherine Coles

"Winteringham Village 1947. As a thank you for her previous brilliant crime solving, amateur sleuth, Martha Miller is guest of honour at the Winteringham Country Fair. However, this time she is looking forward to simply judging dog shows and eating cream teas...

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The white worm  by Sam Siciliano

The white worm

Sam Siciliano

"A journey to Whitby heralds the start of a new case for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Henry Vernier. Their client is in love, but a mysterious letter has warned him of the dangers of the romance. The object of his affection is said to be under a thousand-year-old...

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The Grimswell curse  by Sam Siciliano

The Grimswell curse

Sam Siciliano

"When Rose Grimswell breaks off her engagement to Lord Digby, the concerned fiance calls on Sherlock Holmes to visit the ancestral home to find out why. Holmes, his cousin Henry, and wife Michelle, explore the legend of the Grimswell Curse when a mysterious...

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Deathly relics  by Sam Siciliano

Deathly relics

Sam Siciliano

"Sherlock Holmes and Henry Vernier are visiting Rome on a diplomatic mission when the Pope asks the world's greatest detective to help find a stolen relic: the forefinger of "doubting" Saint Thomas. But when the relic is quickly and mysteriously returned, and...

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Jane and the final mystery  by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the final mystery

Stephanie Barron

"March 1817: As winter turns to spring, Jane Austen's health is in slow decline, and threatens to cease progress on her latest manuscript. But when her nephew Edward brings chilling news of a death at his former school, Winchester College, not even her...

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Enchanted hill  by Emily Bain Murphy

Enchanted hill

Emily Bain Murphy

"The year is 1930 and Cora McCavanagh is posing as a maid at Hollywood magnate Truman Byrd's legendary estate. She's closing in on the damning evidence she needs for a high-profile client. An aspiring PI, Cora was trained by her father, a former prison guard...

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The devil and the four  by Sam Siciliano

The devil and the four

Sam Siciliano

"Sherlock Holmes's latest case takes him to Paris in pursuit of Marguerite Hardy: a Frenchwoman who fled her London home in mysterious circumstances. Holmes discovers she left after receiving a mysterious letter, containing an obituary and the words "four for...

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The Moonstone's curse  by Sam Siciliano

The Moonstone's curse

Sam Siciliano

"The aristocratic Charles Bromley arrives at 221B Baker Street to beg Sherlock Holmes for his help. Bromley believes that his wife is in danger, as she has refused an offer to sell the Moonstone, a fabulous diamond that has been in her family for generations...

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Murder on Mistletoe Lane  by Clara McKenna

Murder on Mistletoe Lane

Clara McKenna

"Taking on the responsibilities that come with being Lady Lyndhurst, Stella is eager to embrace yuletide traditions in the Edwardian English countryside and use her strong social influence for good. Her world becomes so consumed with starting a horse farm...

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Murder in the Blitz  by Flic Everett

Murder in the Blitz

Flic Everett

"England, December 1940: All Edie York has ever wanted is to be a real reporter, investigating daring hot-off-the-press pieces in her smartest pencil skirt. Instead, she's stuck answering the telephones on her local newspaper, battling her worn-out typewriter...

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Murder by degrees  by Ritu Mukerji

Murder by degrees

Ritu Mukerji

"Philadelphia, 1875: It is the start of term at Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lydia Weston, professor and anatomist, is immersed in teaching her students in the lecture hall and hospital. When the body of a patient, Anna Ward, is dredged out of...

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