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Black jade  by Gloria Oliver

Black jade

Gloria Oliver

Book

"Could a gorgeous old ballgown be used to commit murder? Deep in the heart of Texas, Chinese immigrant Daiyu Wu discovers a mysterious ballgown in her family's laundry business. It reeks of burned garlic and there is money pinned to it to pay for the...

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The blood flower  by Alex (Crime fiction writer) Reeve

The blood flower

Alex (Crime fiction writer) Reeve

Book

"1883. Leo Stanhope, transgender journalist and amateur detective, and his wife Rosie have come to Portsmouth - but this is no simple seaside retreat. While Rosie's sister expects them for dinner, two young people have been killed by the docks. Having...

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The mushroom tree mystery  by Ovidia Yu

The mushroom tree mystery

Ovidia Yu

Book

"The Allies have defeated Germany in Europe, but Japan refuses to surrender the East... In Singapore, amid rumours the Japanese occupiers are preparing to wipe out the population of the island rather than surrender, a young aide is found murdered beneath...

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The book of skulls  by David Hutchison

The book of skulls

David Hutchison

Book

"A Victorian tale of gender-bending, hidden identity, obsession and gruesome murder, set in Edinburgh's Old Town. 1875. Liz Moliette; a poor orphan of unknown heritage, and Amulya Patel; from a wealthy Indian family, are the only female students at t...

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Betraying the crown  by T.P. (Crime novelist) Fielden

Betraying the crown

T.P. (Crime novelist) Fielden

Book

"Windsor, 1943. Britain is in the grip of war and treachery is afoot. The body of controversial former courtier Lord Blackwater is found in the abandoned Fort Belvedere, once the country bolthole of the King's wayward brother. And all signs point to ...

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Dead in the water  by Mark (Historical crime writer) Ellis

Dead in the water

Mark (Historical crime writer) Elli...

Book

"Summer, 1942. The Second World War rages on but Britain now faces the Nazi threat with America at its side. In a bombed-out London swarming with gangsters and spies, DCI Frank Merlin continues his battle against rampant wartime crime. A mangled body...

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The yeoman's tale  by M. J. Trow

The yeoman's tale

M. J. Trow

Book

"June, 1381. Embarking on his annual pilgrimage to Canterbury, Geoffrey Chaucer and his fellow travellers are forced to turn back when confronted with a horde of armed and angry peasants, intent on marching to London. Returning to the city to warn th...

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Of blood descended  by Steven Veerapen

Of blood descended

Steven Veerapen

Book

"Summer, 1522. In a wave of pomp, Henry VIII's court welcomes the Imperial emperor, Charles V. Anthony Blanke, the son of the king's late 'black trumpet', John Blanke, is called to Hampton Court by his former employer, Cardinal Wolsey. The cardinal i...

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Traitor in the ice  by K. J. Maitland

Traitor in the ice

K. J. Maitland

Book

"Winter, 1607. A man is struck down in the grounds of Battle Abbey, Sussex. Before dawn breaks, he is dead. Home to the Montagues, Battle has caught the paranoid eye of King James. The Catholic household is rumoured to shelter those loyal to the Pope...

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The French for murder  by Verity Bright

The French for murder

Verity Bright

Book

"Summer 1923. Lady Eleanor Swift is finally persuaded by her butler, Clifford, to take a villa in the south of France for the season. She plans to do what a glamorous lady abroad should: long lunches on the balcony followed by lazy afternoons lounging...

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Death on the River Thames  by Deryn Lake

Death on the River Thames

Deryn Lake

Book

"John Rawlings has returned to his beloved London after spending time in America where revolutionary trouble is dangerously brewing. Having made a substantial sum selling carbonated water, Rawlings buys a country house situated on the banks of the Thames...

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The rebel's mark  by S. W. Perry

The rebel's mark

S. W. Perry

Book

"Elizabeth's reign is reaching its winter and England's old adversaries are fading. But in a world on the brink of change, showing any weakness can be fatal... 1598. Nicholas Shelby, unorthodox physician and reluctant spy for Robert Cecil, has brought...

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Murder at the country club  by Helena (Cozy mystery writer) Dixon

Murder at the country club

Helena (Cozy mystery writer) Dixon

Book

"Kitty Underhay is accompanying her fiancé, Matthew Bryant, and Bertie, his new cocker spaniel, on an outing to Torbay Country Club. However, the delightful day soon turns to disaster. Walking Bertie in the shaded grotto after an exhilarating archery...

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Murder in first class  by Helena (Cozy mystery writer) Dixon

Murder in first class

Helena (Cozy mystery writer) Dixon

Book

"Kitty Underhay is looking forward to a week of long lunches and wedding planning with her husband-to-be, Captain Matthew Bryant. But the plan is derailed when he is called on to collect a former comrade-in-arms, arriving on the 15:50 from Bakerloo. As...

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Havana highwire  by John Keyse-Walker

Havana highwire

John Keyse-Walker

Book

"Introducing hardboiled PI Henry Gore, in this pitch-black noir novel set in 1950s revolutionary Cuba. World-weary American Henry Gore was born in the cold Midwest. But a lucky connection - and a hundred peso bribe - scores him a license to operate as...

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A botanist's guide to parties and poisons  by Kate Khavari

A botanist's guide to parties and poisons

Kate Khavari

Book

"London, 1923. Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh attends a dinner party for the University College of London. While she expects to engage in conversations about the university's large expedition to the Amazon, she doesn't expect Mrs. Henry,...

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Last call at the Nightingale  by Katharine Schellman

Last call at the Nightingale

Katharine Schellman

Book

"New York, 1924. Vivian Kelly's days are filled with drudgery, from the tenement lodging she shares with her sister to the dress shop where she sews for hours every day. But at night, she escapes to The Nightingale, an underground dance hall where il...

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A bride's guide to marriage and murder  by Dianne Freeman

A bride's guide to marriage and murder

Dianne Freeman

Book

"On the eve of her marriage to George Hazelton, Frances has a great deal more on her mind than flowers and seating arrangements. The Connors and the Bainbridges, two families of American robber barons, have taken up residence in London, and their bit...

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Harlem sunset  by Nekesa Afia

Harlem sunset

Nekesa Afia

Book

"Harlem, 1926. After the tense summer that resulted in the death of murderer Theodore Gilbert, twenty-six-year-old Louise Lloyd has once again gained a level of notoriety. Reporters want to talk to her and she is in the spotlight--the last place she wants...

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The trial of Lotta Rae  by Siobhan MacGowan

The trial of Lotta Rae

Siobhan MacGowan

Book

"Lotta Rae is a working-class fifteen-year-old who is viciously raped by a wealthy gentleman. Lotta's family believe in justice and so Lotta makes the brave decision to testify in court against her attacker. The community supports her, or so it seems....

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Dear little corpses  by Nicola Upson

Dear little corpses

Nicola Upson

Book

"1 September, 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the countryside. But when three little girls step off the train to 'safety' only to go missing in less than forty-eight hours, the reality o...

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A most efficient murder  by Anthony Slayton

A most efficient murder

Anthony Slayton

Book

"England, 1929. When a strange young woman is found murdered on the grounds of Unsworth Castle, the Earl and his family are astounded at first, but quickly become enraged when the police begin asking all sorts of impertinent questions. And when suspicions...

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Thunder Road  by Colin (Novelist) Holmes

Thunder Road

Colin (Novelist) Holmes

Book

"When an Army Air Force Major vanishes from his Top Secret job at the Fort Worth airbase in the summer of 1947, down-on-his-luck former Ranger Jefferson Sharp is hired to find him, because the Major owes a sizable gambling debt to a local mobster. The...

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The key to deceit  by Ashley Weaver

The key to deceit

Ashley Weaver

Book

"London, 1940. After years of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor-well, to themselves, anyway-Ellie McDonnell and her family have turned over a new leaf as they help the government's war effort. It's true that the straight-laced Major Ramsey...

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Murder on the Lusitania  by Edward Marston

Murder on the Lusitania

Edward Marston

Book

"September 1907. George Dillman sets sail from Liverpool to New York on the Lusitania's maiden voyage. Posing as a passenger, Dillman is in fact an undercover detective hired by the Cunard Line to keep an eye out for petty crimes. But after some unev...

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Marion Lane and the deadly rose  by T. A. Willberg

Marion Lane and the deadly rose

T. A. Willberg

Book

"It's 1959 and a new killer haunts the streets of London, having baffled Scotland Yard. The newspapers call him The Florist because of the rose he brands on his victims. The police have turned yet again to the Inquirers at Miss Brickett's for assistance,...

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A taste for killing  by Sarah Hawkswood

A taste for killing

Sarah Hawkswood

Book

"January, 1145. Godfrey Bowyer, the best but least likeable bow maker in Worcester, dies an agonising death by poisoning. Although similarly struck down after the same meal, his wife, Blanche, survives. The number of people who could have administered...

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The secret in the wall  by Ann Parker

The secret in the wall

Ann Parker

Book

"San Francisco music store owner Inez Stannert agrees to provide financial assistance to boardinghouse proprietor Moira Krause. When the common wall of the abandoned house adjoining Moira's is breached to expand her business, the corpse of a murdered...

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Murder on the Mauretania  by Edward Marston

Murder on the Mauretania

Edward Marston

Book

"November 1907. George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield sail from Liverpool on the maiden voyage of the Mauretania. While posing as a passenger George is in fact an undercover detective hired by the Cunard Line. Dillman and Genevieve endure a nightmare...

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The birdcage  by Eve Chase

The birdcage

Eve Chase

Book

"When half-sisters Kat, Flora, and Lauren are unexpectedly summoned to Rock Point, their wild and remote Cornish summer home, it's not a welcome invitation. They haven't been back since that fateful summer twenty years ago - a summer they're desperate...

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Raven  by Sam Michaels

Raven

Sam Michaels

Book

"When Georgina Garrett wakes in the night to find intruders in her house, she knows she must do everything she can to keep her children safe. But just when she thinks the ordeal is over, she realises something is terribly wrong. She arrives at her cr...

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A game of fear  by Charles Todd

A game of fear

Charles Todd

Book

"Spring, 1921. Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Rutledge to the sea-battered village of Walmer on the coast of Essex. At Benton Abbey, a grand manor with a storied past, the lady of the house claims she saw a violent murder - but there is no body, no...

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A valiant deceit  by Stephanie (Novelist) Graves

A valiant deceit

Stephanie (Novelist) Graves

Book

"Young pigeoneer Olive Bright has been conscripted, with her racing birds, to aid the fight against the Nazis. It's not the daring role she'd envisioned for herself, but her quiet little English village is not nearly as sheltered as she imagined... R...

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Too far from Antibes  by Bede Scott

Too far from Antibes

Bede Scott

Book

"It is 1951, and Jean-Luc Guéry has arrived in Indochina to investigate the murder of his brother, Olivier, whose body was found floating in a tributary of the Saigon River. As an avid reader of detective fiction, Guéry is well aware of how such inve...

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The blue diamond  by Leonard S. Goldberg

The blue diamond

Leonard S. Goldberg

Book

"During a critical stage in World War One, the Governor-General of South Africa journeys to London for a meeting of The Imperial War Conference. Days prior to the conference, the Governor-General is scheduled to have an audience at Buckingham Palace at...

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Disappearance of a scribe  by Dana Stabenow

Disappearance of a scribe

Dana Stabenow

Book

"Two Alexandrian fishermen come across a horrifying sight - the body of a skeleton floating upright at the bottom of the sea, anchored in place by a cement weight around his feet. In Alexandria's rough-and-tumble construction trade they call that 'being...

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Miss Morton and the English house party murder  by Catherine Lloyd

Miss Morton and the English house party murder

Catherine Lloyd

Book

"While attending a house party in the countryside, lady's companion to the wealthy widow Mrs. Matilda Frogerton, Lady Caroline Morton finds things not as they seem when an elderly family member is murdered and attempts to solve the crime with an unex...

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The physicists' daughter  by Mary Anna Evans

The physicists' daughter

Mary Anna Evans

Book

"New Orleans, 1944. Sabotage. That's the word on factory worker Justine Byrne's mind as she is repeatedly called to weld machine parts that keep failing with no clear cause. Could someone inside the secretive Carbon Division be deliberately undermining...

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The ghosts of Paris  by Tara Moss

The ghosts of Paris

Tara Moss

Book

"1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her feet as an investigator. When a wealthy client hires Billie and her assistant, Sam, to track down her missing husband,...

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Murder at Primrose Cottage  by Merryn Allingham

Murder at Primrose Cottage

Merryn Allingham

Book

"Cornwall, 1956: When Flora Steele sets off for a peaceful vacation with crime writer Jack Carrington in his little red Austin, the last thing she expects to find is a body at their pretty rental cottage! Shocked by the discovery, inquisitive Flora j...

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A deception most deadly  by Genevieve Essig

A deception most deadly

Genevieve Essig

Book

"Meet Cassie Gwynne: bookworm, cat lover, reluctant heiress... determined detective? Florida, 1883. Cassie Gwynne is looking for a fresh start when she steps off the steamship in Fernandina Harbor for the very first time. She's trying very hard to become...

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By the edge of the sword  by Catherine Hanley

By the edge of the sword

Catherine Hanley

Book

"Christmas, 1218: Conisbrough is shrouded in deep snow and a stranger's body is found frozen to death. The cryptic letter he carries is from Joanna, an old friend who is in danger and pleading for Edwin's help. Edwin and Martin undertake a perilous w...

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Death of a showman  by Mariah Fredericks

Death of a showman

Mariah Fredericks

Book

"In Mariah Fredericks's Death of a Showman, the fourth in this absorbing series set in Gilded Age New York, lady's maid Jane Prescott is thrust into the world of show business, where a killer is stalking Broadway. It's the summer of 1914 and Jane...

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A traitor's heart  by Ben Creed

A traitor's heart

Ben Creed

Book

"Winter, 1952: Leningrad's icy streets are haunted by a murderer. The name is whispered everywhere - Koshchei has returned, the people say, Koshchei the Immortal. Koshchei, named after a sinister figure from Slavic folklore, is an invisible killer who...

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Witch wood  by John Buchan

Witch wood

John Buchan

Book

"Set amidst the religious struggles of the 17th century, this is the story of a young minister's return to the town of his birth. There he finds a coven of Satan worshippers and falls deeply in love with one of their victims in a struggle for right a...

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One-shot Harry  by Gary Phillips

One-shot Harry

Gary Phillips

Book

"Los Angeles, 1963: African American Korean War veteran Harry Ingram earns a living as a news photographer and occasional process server: chasing police radio calls and dodging baseball bats. With racial tensions running high on the eve of Martin Luther...

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Garden of sins  by Laura Joh Rowland

Garden of sins

Laura Joh Rowland

Book

"London, November 1890. Crime scene photographer Sarah Bain Barrett faces a perfect storm of events. She and her husband Detective Sergeant Barrett are riding on a train that crashes. While rescuing other passengers, they find a woman who's been strangled...

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A rip through time  by Kelley Armstrong

A rip through time

Kelley Armstrong

Book

"May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She's drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness... May 20, 1869: Hou...

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In place of fear  by Catriona McPherson

In place of fear

Catriona McPherson

Book

"Edinburgh, 1948. Helen Crowther leaves a crowded tenement home for her very own office in a doctor's surgery. Upstart, ungrateful, out of your depth - the words of disapproval come at her from everywhere but she's determined to take her chance and play...

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Murder on Madison Square  by Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

Murder on Madison Square

Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

Book

"Former policeman Frank Malloy is frustrated when a woman requests his private detective services to implicate her wealthy husband in adultery, the only legal grounds for divorce in New York state. Although Mrs. Bing seems genuinely distressed about ...

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The lioness  by Chris Bohjalian

The lioness

Chris Bohjalian

Book

"Tanzania, 1964. When Katie Barstow, A-list actress, and her new husband, David Hill, decide to bring their Hollywood friends to the Serengeti for their honeymoon, they envision giraffes gently eating leaves from the tall acacia trees, great swarms o...

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Murder at the wedding  by Helena Dixon

Murder at the wedding

Helena Dixon

Book

"1934. Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the graveled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She's honored to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy's wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and...

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Deadly director's cut  by Vicki Delany

Deadly director's cut

Vicki Delany

Book

"Famous director Elias Theropodous has chosen Haggerman's Catskills Resort as a shooting location for his next film. It sounds glamorous to much of the staff, but resort manager Elizabeth Grady is less satisfied. Dealing with the ridiculous demands of...

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Vile spirits  by John Gray

Vile spirits

John Gray

Book

"Alcohol is once again legal in Vancouver after the failed experiment of prohibition, but pro-temperance sentiments remain strong. Politicians like Attorney General Gordon Cunning attempt appeasement by establishing the Liquor Control Board, which ov...

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Sunset swing  by Ray Celestin

Sunset swing

Ray Celestin

Book

"Los Angeles. Christmas, 1967. A young nurse, Kerry Gaudet, travels to the City of Angels desperate to find her missing brother, fearing that something terrible has happened to him: a serial killer is terrorising the city, picking victims at random, and...

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Murder on the pier  by Merryn Allingham

Murder on the pier

Merryn Allingham

Book

"Sussex, 1956: When bookshop owner Flora Steele goes for a walk along the pier she isn't expecting to spot a young woman's body in the stormy waters below. And she's shocked to discover the victim is someone she knows ... Convinced the death was not ...

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Framed in fire  by Iona Whishaw

Framed in fire

Iona Whishaw

Book

"It's early spring 1948 and Lane arrives in New Denver to find that her friend, Peter Barisoff, is not at home. Instead, in a nearby meadow, she encounters Tom, an Indigenous man in search of his ancestral lands. Lane is intrigued. Unfortunately, once...

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Rafferty's last case  by Larry Millett

Rafferty's last case

Larry Millett

Book

"When news of Shadwell Rafferty's death reaches Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous detective and his redoubtable companion Watson rush to Minnesota to hunt for their friend's killer. Set amid the glittering society and sordid underworld of 1928...

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The unknown beloved  by Amy Harmon

The unknown beloved

Amy Harmon

Book

"Chicago, 1923: Ten-year-old Dani Flanagan returns home to find police swarming the house, her parents dead. Michael Malone, the young patrolman assigned to the case, discovers there's more to the situation - and to Dani Flanagan herself - than the a...

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The leviathan  by Rosie Andrews

The leviathan

Rosie Andrews

Book

"Norfolk, 1643. With civil war tearing England apart, reluctant soldier Thomas Treadwater is summoned home by his sister, who accuses a new servant of improper conduct with their widowed father. By the time Thomas returns, his father is insensible, felled...

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When blood lies  by C. S. Harris

When blood lies

C. S. Harris

Book

"March, 1815. The Bourbon King Louis XVIII has been restored to the throne of France, Napoleon is in exile on the isle of Elba, and Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has traveled to Paris in hopes of tracing his long-lost mother, Sophie, the errant...

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A royal murder  by Verity Bright

A royal murder

Verity Bright

Book

"At the royal boat race there are beautiful barges, plenty of bunting, a handsome prince and... is that a body in the water? Lady Swift is on the case! Spring, 1923. One-time adventurer and now amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is attending the annual...

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Murder on the Minnesota  by Edward Marston

Murder on the Minnesota

Edward Marston

Book

"New York, 1908. Private detectives George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield plan to take a break from work upon the Cunard Line's fleet with the offer of employment upon the Minnesota, a freighter and passenger vessel, which is bound for the Far East....

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Anatomy of a heretic  by David John Mark

Anatomy of a heretic

David John Mark

Book

"London, 1628. Nicolaes de Pelgrom, assassin and devoted servant of George Villiers, will do whatever his master asks of him - even if that means enduring the perilous voyage to the Indies to exact a grieving widow's revenge. Making that same journey...

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The Bangalore Detectives Club  by Harini Nagendra

The Bangalore Detectives Club

Harini Nagendra

Book

"When clever, headstrong Kaveri moves to Bangalore to marry handsome young doctor Ramu, she's resigned herself to a quiet life. But that all changes the night of the party at the Century Club, where she escapes to the garden for some peace and quiet -...

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A perilous perspective  by Anna Lee Huber

A perilous perspective

Anna Lee Huber

Book

"Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband/investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old daughter. Kiera is overjoyed for her cousin Rye and fri...

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Fierce poison  by Will Thomas

Fierce poison

Will Thomas

Book

"London, 1893, there is poisoner loose in the city, with deaths piling up, and private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are apparently his next target in Fierce Poison by Will Thomas. Private Enquiry agent Cyrus Barker has just about seen...

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A posh murder  by Keith Finney

A posh murder

Keith Finney

Book

"When Rex Sutherland and his employer, Eleanor, Dowager Duchess of Drakeford, find a body by the lake of Bircham Manor, Her Grace - or 'HG' as Rex calls her - is reluctant to let it ruin their picnic. After all, HG is a sleuthing professional and at home...

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A sunlit weapon  by Jacqueline Winspear

A sunlit weapon

Jacqueline Winspear

Book

"October 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Supermarine Spitfire - the fastest fighter aircraft in the world - to Biggin Hill Aerodrome, when she realizes someone is shooting at her aircraft from the ground. Returning to the location...

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Master Wycliffe's summons  by Mel Starr

Master Wycliffe's summons

Mel Starr

Book

"Scholar Richard Sabyn, a particularly obnoxious fellow, was believed to have been struck by lightning. However, Master Wycliffe believes otherwise and calls upon Sir Hugh de Singleton for help. Sir Hugh shares Wycliffe's suspicions and launches a pr...

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A deadly confession  by Keith Finney

A deadly confession

Keith Finney

Book

"After solving their first murder in the sleepy Norfolk village of Lipton St Faith, detective duo Anna Grix and Lieutenant Eddie Elsner were hoping their crime-solving days were over. But as the Second World War rages on, it's not long before another...

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A deadly mistake  by Keith Finney

A deadly mistake

Keith Finney

Book

"The village of Lipton St Faith in Norfolk is a tranquil spot. The most excitement it sees come from the antics of the local children sent from Liverpool to escape the air raids. Then one day a car accident claims the life of a young man, found with ...

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A fatal overture  by Kathleen Marple Kalb

A fatal overture

Kathleen Marple Kalb

Book

"During the first winter of the twentieth century, Gilded Age trouser diva Ella Shane refuses to dim the lights on her dazzling show business career for marriage--even to a dashing British duke. But the versatile mezzo-soprano may have to put it all on...

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Death at the old asylum  by Adrian Magson

Death at the old asylum

Adrian Magson

Book

"Picardie, 1964. On a deserted country road, three Moroccan nationals are shot dead with precision, a cold-blooded execution, one bullet each. To Inspector Lucas Rocco, it's a mystery. Why them and why here? A short time later, he happens upon two po...

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Evil in emerald  by A. M. Stuart

Evil in emerald

A. M. Stuart

Book

"Harriet Gordon has been enjoying the rehearsals for her role in the Singapore Amateur Dramatic and Music Society's latest production--Pirates of Penzance. Her work at her brother Julian's school, as well as her job typing up Inspector Robert Curran's...

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Cleopatra's dagger  by C. E. Lawrence

Cleopatra's dagger

C. E. Lawrence

Book

"New York, 1880. Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter at the Herald, the city's most popular newspaper. Then she and her bohemian friend Carlotta Ackerman find a woman's body wrapped like a mummy in a freshly dug hole in Central Park -...

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The echoes  by Jess Montgomery

The echoes

Jess Montgomery

Book

"As July 4, 1928 approaches, Sheriff Lily Ross and her family look forward to the opening of an amusement park in a nearby town, created by Chalmer Fitzpatrick - a veteran and lumber mill owner. When Lily is alerted to the possible drowning of a girl,...

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Danger on the Atlantic  by Erica Ruth Neubauer

Danger on the Atlantic

Erica Ruth Neubauer

Book

"Atlantic Ocean, 1926: Voyaging from Southampton to New York, self-reliant Jane is determined to prove herself a worthy investigator on the stately ship - even awkwardly going undercover as the fashionable wife of her magnetic partner, Mr. Redvers. Few...

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Hot time  by W. H. Flint

Hot time

W. H. Flint

Book

"New York, August 1896. A 'hot wave' has settled on the city with no end in sight, leaving tempers short and the streets littered with dead horses felled by the heat. At Police Headquarters, the gruff, politically ambitious commissioner Theodore Roosevelt...

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The unquiet dead  by Stacie Murphy

The unquiet dead

Stacie Murphy

Book

"Three months after her harrowing experience on Blackwell's Island, Amelia is doing her best to come to terms with her new abilities to commune with the spirit world. The last thing she wants to do is hunt for another killer through the streets of Gilded...

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Desperate undertaking  by Lindsey Davis

Desperate undertaking

Lindsey Davis

Book

"Rome, the very end of December. The Field of Mars is packed with monuments, none more beautiful than Domitian's new Odeon and Stadium. But the area has been overtaken by ugly events: elaborately staged murders. Someone bears a spectacular grudge against...

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Crow court  by Andy Charman

Crow court

Andy Charman

Book

"Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster - a belligerent man with a vicious reputation - is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion....

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The hanging tree  by P. C. Doherty

The hanging tree

P. C. Doherty

Book

"London. January, 1382. The Crown's treasury has been robbed. Tens of thousands of silver and gold coin mysteriously lifted from the most secure chamber in the kingdom; the five Clerks of the Dark who guarded the king's treasure brutally garrotted. Sir...

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Shadow over Southwold  by Suzette A. Hill

Shadow over Southwold

Suzette A. Hill

Book

"London florist Felix Smythe and his friend Professor Cedric Dillworthy are Suffolk-bound once more. But their hopes of a trouble-free visit are dashed by the gruesome murder of a highly-respected resident - an event which seems to be sinisterly lined...

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Imperial scandal  by Tracy Grant

Imperial scandal

Tracy Grant

Book

"When Napoleon's escape from Elba puts the Congress of Vienna into chaos, Intelligence Agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, remove to Brussels where the Duke of Wellington is preparing for battle. They find the city, on the verge of war, seemingly...

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What we may become  by Teresa Messineo

What we may become

Teresa Messineo

Book

"Tuscany, 1945. As the war in Europe ends, American Red Cross nurse Diana Bolsena finds herself separated from her unit. Unable to reconnect with the American army, she's left to survive with nothing but her spirit, her talents as a nurse, and her ni...

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Forever past  by Marty Ambrose

Forever past

Marty Ambrose

Book

"Italy, 1873. Claire Clairmont, one of the last surviving members of the Byron/Shelley circle, is determined to uncover the true fate of Allegra, her daughter conceived with Lord Byron. But her quest so far has been fraught with danger, and Claire knows...

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Death and hard cider  by Barbara Hambly

Death and hard cider

Barbara Hambly

Book

"Musician, sleuth and free man of color Benjamin January gets mixed in politics, with murderous results. September, 1840. A giant rally is being planned in New Orleans to stir up support for presidential candidate William Henry Harrison: the Indian-k...

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The clockwork girl  by Anna Mazzola

The clockwork girl

Anna Mazzola

Book

"Paris, 1750. Madeleine, a young maid with a scarred face and a hidden past, goes to work for an automaton-maker, Dr Reinhart, and his clever daughter, Veronique. Only Madeleine knows the real reason she is there: there are rumours that Reinhart's me...

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The houseboat  by Dane Bahr

The houseboat

Dane Bahr

Book

"Local outcast Rigby Sellers lives in squalor on a dilapidated houseboat moored on the Mississippi River. With only stolen mannequins and the river to keep him company, Rigby begins to spiral from the bizarre to the threatening. As a year of drought gives...

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The darkest sin  by D. V. Bishop

The darkest sin

D. V. Bishop

Book

"Florence. Spring, 1537. When Cesare Aldo investigates a report of intruders at a convent in the Renaissance city's northern quarter, he enters a community divided by bitter rivalries and harbouring dark secrets. His case becomes far more complicated...

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A fatal first night  by Kathleen Marple Kalb

A fatal first night

Kathleen Marple Kalb

Book

"New York City, Fall 1899. Ahead-of-her-time coloratura mezzo Ella Shane has always known opening night to be a mess of missed cues and jittery nerves, especially when unveiling a new opera. Her production of The Princes in the Tower, based on the my...

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Front page murder  by Joyce St. Anthony

Front page murder

Joyce St. Anthony

Book

"Small-town editor Irene Ingram has a nose for news and an eye for clues. Irene Ingram has written for her father's newspaper, the Progress Herald, ever since she could grasp a pencil. Now she's editor in chief, which doesn't sit well with the men in...

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Wild Irish rose  by Rhys Bowen

Wild Irish rose

Rhys Bowen

Book

"New York, 1907: Now that she's no longer a private detective - at least not officially - Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to a time of settled tranquility with friends and family. Back in New York, where her own story began, Molly decides to...

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An impossible impostor  by Deanna Raybourn

An impossible impostor

Deanna Raybourn

Book

"London, 1889. Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian beau, Stoker, are summoned by Sir Hugo Montgomerie, head of Special Branch. He has a personal request on behalf of his goddaughter, Euphemia Hathaway. After years of traveling the world, her...

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Murder most vile  by Eric Brown

Murder most vile

Eric Brown

Book

"The search for a missing artist draws Donald Langham and Ralph Ryland into London's criminal underworld with deadly consequences. London. April, 1957. Private investigator Donald Langham is approached by retired businessman Vernon Lombard to find his...

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