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Wild Irish rose by Rhys Bowen

Wild Irish rose

Rhys Bowen

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"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

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"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 e...

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When she dreams by Amanda Quick

When she dreams

Amanda Quick

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"Maggie Lodge, assistant to the advice columnist known only as Dear Aunt Cornelia to her readers, hires private eye Sam Sage to help track down the person who is blackmailing her employer. In spite of the verbal fireworks between them, they are fierc...

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The knight's tale by M. J. Trow

The knight's tale

M. J. Trow

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"Introducing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer as a memorable new amateur sleuth in the first of an ingeniously-conceived medieval mystery series ... April, 1380. About to set off on his annual pilgrimage, Comptroller of the King’s Woollens and court...

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

Murder on Madison Square

Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

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"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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Blackout by Simon Scarrow

Blackout

Simon Scarrow

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"Berlin 1939. The city is blanketed by snow and ice. In the distance, the rumble of war grows louder. In the shadows, a serial killer rises ... As the Nazis tighten their chokehold on the capital, panic and paranoia fester as blackout is rigidly enfo...

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The moorland murderers by Michael Jecks

The moorland murderers

Michael Jecks

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"July, 1556. En route to France and escape from Queen Mary's men, Jack Blackjack decides to spend the night at a Devon tavern, agrees to a game of dice - and ends up accused of murder. To make matters worse, the dead man turns out to have been the leader...

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Dark queen watching by P. C. Doherty

Dark queen watching

P. C. Doherty

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"November, 1471. With Edward of York on the English throne and her son, Henry Tudor, in exile in Brittany, the newly-widowed Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, is alone, without protectors. All she can do is wait and watch, planning for a time when...

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Murder at Queen's Landing by Andrea Penrose

Murder at Queen's Landing

Andrea Penrose

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"The murder of a shipping clerk . . . the strange disappearance of trusted friends . . . rumors of corruption within the powerful East India Company . . . all add up to a thrillingly dark mystery . . . When Lady Cordelia, a brilliant mathematician, and...

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

Marion Lane and the deadly rose

T. A. Willberg

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"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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The missing diamond murder by Diane Janes

The missing diamond murder

Diane Janes

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"1930. Frances Black is worried - divorce proceedings are under way and her solicitor has learnt of a spiteful letter sent to the court claiming that there is more to her friendship with her sleuthing partner, Tom Dod, than meets the eye. Fran takes ...

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Script for scandal by Renee Patrick

Script for scandal

Renee Patrick

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"1939, Los Angeles. Lillian Frost is shocked when her friend, glamorous costume designer Edith Head, hands her the script to a new film that's about to start shooting. Streetlight Story is based on a true crime: the California Republic bank robbery of...

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The hocus girl by Chris Nickson

The hocus girl

Chris Nickson

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"Leeds, May 1822. Thief-taker Simon Westow owes Davey and Emily Ashton everything - the siblings gave him sanctuary when he needed it most. So when Davey is arrested for sedition and Emily begs Simon for help, he starts asking questions, determined to...

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The good cop by Peter Steiner

The good cop

Peter Steiner

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"Munich, 1920. Detective Willi Geismeier has a problem: how do you uphold the law when the law goes bad? The First World War has been lost and Germany is in turmoil. The new government in Berlin is weak. The police and courts are corrupt. Fascists an...

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Simply dead by Eleanor Kuhns

Simply dead

Eleanor Kuhns

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"1790s, Maine. In the depths of winter Bernadette, the daughter of a village midwife, disappears after attending a birth in the woodlands. During the search Will Rees finds her struggling through the snow without shoes or a coat. Bernadette claims to...

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A deception at Thornecrest by Ashley Weaver

A deception at Thornecrest

Ashley Weaver

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"Amory Ames is alone at her country house Thornecrest, enjoying her last few weeks of peace and quiet as she prepares for the imminent arrival of her baby. Her husband, Milo, is in London on business, and Amory is content to catch up on her correspon...

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The king's justice by Susan Elia MacNeal

The king's justice

Susan Elia MacNeal

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"Maggie Hope started out as Winston Churchill's secretary, but now she's a secret agent, and the only one who can figure out how the missing instrument ties into the murders. London, December 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalin...

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A pretty deceit by Anna Lee Huber

A pretty deceit

Anna Lee Huber

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"Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her father, Verity agrees to visit his sister in Wiltshire. Her once prosperous aunt has fallen on difficult times and is conside...

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The turning tide by Catriona McPherson

The turning tide

Catriona McPherson

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"It's the breezy Scottish summer of 1936 and aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver, along with trusted colleague Alec Osborne, has been called to solve the strange case of the Cramond Ferrywoman, on the Firth of Forth. From their cheerless digs in a local...

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Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer

Murder at the Mena House

Erica Ruth Neubauer

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"Egypt, 1926. Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won't be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie's best efforts at meddling with her love life, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids...

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Murder served cold by Eric Brown

Murder served cold

Eric Brown

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"The theft of a painting takes crime-writer sleuth Donald Langham to a country house full of seething tensions, resentment and dark secrets. November, 1956. Lord Elsmere, an old friend of Donald Langham's literary agent, Charles Elder, is in a pickle...

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Women of the dunes by Sarah Maine

Women of the dunes

Sarah Maine

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"A rich, atmospheric tale set in Ullaness on the sea-lashed coast of west Scotland, in which the lives of three women weave together after a body is discovered in the dunes. Libby Snow has always felt the pull of Ullaness, a lush Scottish island enshrouded...

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Murder in an English glade by Jessica Ellicott

Murder in an English glade

Jessica Ellicott

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"When a member of the Walmsley Parva upper crust, Constance Maitland, seeks to hire Beryl and Edwina for a sham investigation into an alleged dalliance by her sister-in-law Ursula to quell potentially scandalous accusations by an unstable cousin, it is...

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When blood lies by C. S. Harris

When blood lies

C. S. Harris

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"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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Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Andrea Penrose

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"One advantage of being caught up in a whirl of dress fittings and decisions about flower arrangements and breakfast menus is that Charlotte Sloane has little time for any pre-wedding qualms. Her love for Wrexford isn't in question. But will being a ...

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The sign of the gallows by Susanna Calkins

The sign of the gallows

Susanna Calkins

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"London, 1667. On her way to a new market to peddle her True Accounts and Strange News, printer's apprentice Lucy Campion quickly regrets her decision to take the northwestern road. Dark and desolate, the path leads her to the crossroads - and to the...

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Dream town by David Baldacci

Dream town

David Baldacci

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"It is New Year's Eve, 1952 in Los Angeles. Private Investigator, Aloysius Archer, is dining with his friend and rising Hollywood star, Liberty Callahan, when they're approached by Eleanor Lamb, a famous screenwriter, who would like to hire him as she...

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A sunlit weapon by Jacqueline Winspear

A sunlit weapon

Jacqueline Winspear

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"In the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series, a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear's beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Late September, 1942. Jo...

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In the company of fools by Tania Bayard

In the company of fools

Tania Bayard

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"Paris, 1396. Scribe Christine de Pizan is shocked when the Duke of Orléans' fools find a baby, wrapped in rags and covered in sores, abandoned in the palace gardens. Was there really a wicked plan to substitute the child for the queen's own baby daughter...

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Miss Moriarty, I presume? by Sherry (Sherry M.) Thomas

Miss Moriarty, I presume?

Sherry (Sherry M.) Thomas

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"A most unexpected client shows up at Charlotte Holmes's doorstep: Moriarty himself. Moriarty fears that tragedy has befallen his daughter and wants Charlotte to find out the truth. Charlotte and Mrs. Watson travel to a remote community of occult pra...

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The Christie affair by Nina de Gramont

The Christie affair

Nina de Gramont

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"Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder--and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Every story has its secrets....

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Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day

Death at Greenway

Lori Rader-Day

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"Bridey Kelly has come to Greenway House--the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie--in disgrace. A terrible mistake at St. Prisca's Hospital in London has led to her dismissal as a nurse trainee, and her only chance for redemption is a position in...

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Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

Shadows of Swanford Abbey

Julie Klassen

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"Miss Rebecca Lane's brother begs her to go to nearby Swanford Abbey, a medieval monastery turned grand hotel rumored to be haunted. She agrees to stay at the abbey until she can deliver his manuscript to a fellow guest who might help him get published--...

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The magnolia palace by Fiona Davis

The magnolia palace

Fiona Davis

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"Eight months since losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919, 21-year-old Lillian Carter's life has completely fallen apart. For the past six years, under the moniker Angelica, Lillian was one of the most sought-after artists' models in New...

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City of shadows by Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

City of shadows

Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

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"In this all-new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today bestselling author Victoria Thompson, newlywed Elizabeth Bates must use her unlawful skills to expose a dangerous charlatan. Elizabeth Bates has returned from her honeymoon with Gideon and is taking...

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A game of fear by Charles Todd

A game of fear

Charles Todd

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"In this newest installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge is faced with his most perplexing case yet: a murder with no body, and a killer who can only be a ghost. Spring, 1921. Scotland Yard sends In...

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Murder most fair by Anna Lee Huber

Murder most fair

Anna Lee Huber

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"November 1919. A few weeks at the seaside with her husband, Sidney, could almost convince Verity Kent that life has returned to the pleasant rhythm of pre-war days. Then her beloved Great Aunt Ilse lands on their doorstep after years in war-ravaged ...

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The last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer

The last Mona Lisa

Jonathan Santlofer

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"August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now in the Louvre is a ...

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The lammas wild by Alys Clare

The lammas wild

Alys Clare

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"It is the summer of 1100, and after seven long years away in Spain, Lassair is finally going home. Back to her beloved mentor Gurdyman. Back to her family. And back to young lawman Jack Chevestrier, who Lassair hopes still carries the same deep feelings...

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Darkness beyond by Marjorie Eccles

Darkness beyond

Marjorie Eccles

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"February, 1933. When their eldest brother Paul walks into their hallway, fourteen years after he was presumed dead, successful property developers Thea and Teddy Millar are beset with questions. Where has he been? Why has he never written to let them...

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A gambling man by David Baldacci

A gambling man

David Baldacci

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"The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer is in dire need of a fresh start after a nearly fatal detour in Poca City. So Archer hops on a bus and begins the long journey out west to California, where rumor has it there is money to be made if you’re...

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The shadows of men by Abir Mukherjee

The shadows of men

Abir Mukherjee

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"Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can the officers of the Imperial Police Force--Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant "Surrender-Not" Banerjee--track down those responsible...

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Murder is in the air by Frances Brody

Murder is in the air

Frances Brody

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"North Yorkshire, 1930. It's the season for warm and spirited countryside celebrations. Ever since the war, pubs have been in the doldrums, and in an attempt to promote and breathe new life back into the business, brewers select a charismatic employee...

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All the little hopes by Leah Weiss

All the little hopes

Leah Weiss

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"Deep in the tobacco land of North Carolina, nothing's the same since the boys shipped off to war and worry took their place. Thirteen-year-old Lucy Brown is curious and clever, but she can't make sense of it all. Then Allie Bert Tucker comes to town,...

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Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose

Murder at Kensington Palace

Andrea Penrose

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"Charlotte Sloane's secret identity as the controversial satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill is safe with the Earl of Wrexford, but sharing the truth about her background has cast shadows on their relationship. When her cousin is murdered and his twin brother...

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Murder by numbers by Eric Brown

Murder by numbers

Eric Brown

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"December, 1956. Donald Langham's wife Maria Dupre receives a chilling invitation to attend a death at the home of Maxwell Falwell Fenton in Essex. The once-prominent artist has a number of enemies, and has faded into obscurity since the war ended. Is...

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Forest of secrets by Fiona Buckley

Forest of secrets

Fiona Buckley

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"May, 1586. Ursula and her retinue return home from a lengthy trip to discover she has an unexpected visitor. Etheldreda Hope is a simple countrywoman who has come to Ursula with disturbing tales of strange goings-on in her rural village. Fearing tha...

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Another kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

Another kind of Eden

James Lee Burke

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"The American West in the early 1960s appears to be a pastoral paradise. Aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard has observed it from the open door of a boxcar, riding the rails for both inspiration and odd jobs. Jumping off in Denver, he finds work...

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Hardcastle's secret agent by Graham Ison

Hardcastle's secret agent

Graham Ison

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August, 1939. As war looms, Detective Inspector Walter Hardcastle is following in the footsteps of his father, Ernest, and progressing through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police. Summoned to the office of Charles Marriot, Deputy Assistant Commissioner...

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A fiancée's guide to first wives and murder by Dianne Freeman

A fiancée's guide to first wives and murder

Dianne Freeman

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"For Frances Wynn, widow to the late Earl of Harleigh, life has a cosmopolitan flavor of late. No sooner has she sent her mother and daughter off on a shopping trip to Paris than she and her fiance, George Hazleton, are socializing with visiting members...

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Death at the Crystal Palace by Jennifer Ashley

Death at the Crystal Palace

Jennifer Ashley

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"Intrepid cook Kat Holloway puts aside her apron to delve into Victorian London's high society and catch a killer. While attending an exhibition at the Crystal Palace, young cook Kat Holloway is approached by a woman in distress. Lady Covington is a ...

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Murder at Wakehurst by Alyssa Maxwell

Murder at Wakehurst

Alyssa Maxwell

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"September, 1899. After the death of her uncle, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Emma Cross is in no mood for one of Newport's extravagant parties. But to keep Vanderbilt's reckless son Neily out of trouble, she accompanies him to an Elizabethan fete on the lav...

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A study in crimson by Robert J. Harris

A study in crimson

Robert J. Harris

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"LONDON, 1942. A killer going by the name of 'Crimson Jack' is stalking the wartime streets of London, murdering women on the exact dates of the infamous Jack the Ripper killings of 1888. Has the Ripper somehow returned from the grave? Is the self-st...

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The Bombay prince by Sujata Massey

The Bombay prince

Sujata Massey

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"November, 1921. Edward VIII, Prince of Wales and future ruler of India, is arriving in Bombay to begin a four-month tour. The Indian subcontinent is chafing under British rule, and Bombay solicitor Perveen Mistry isn't surprised when local unrest over...

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Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger

Lightning Strike

William Kent Krueger

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"Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota's Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to twelve-year-old Cork O'Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon...

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The abduction of Pretty Penny by Leonard S. Goldberg

The abduction of Pretty Penny

Leonard S. Goldberg

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"Joanna and the Watsons are called in by the Whitechapel Playhouse to find Pretty Penny, a lovely young actress who has gone missing without reason or notice. While on their search, the trio is asked by Scotland Yard to join in the hunt for a vicious...

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Dance with death by Will Thomas

Dance with death

Will Thomas

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"In June of 1893, the future Nicholas II travels to London for a royal wedding, bringing with him his private security force and his ballerina mistress, Mathilde Kschessinska. Rumored to be the target of a professional assassin known only as La Sylphide,...

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The wolf hunt by Will Brandon

The wolf hunt

Will Brandon

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"In the desolate Croton Breaks of West Texas a spectral creature with a six-inch pawprint has spooked livestock of late. When British-born cattle baron Basil Wolverton is found dead outside his own ranch gate, cowhands and nesters whisper of an ances...

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An Irish hostage by Charles Todd

An Irish hostage

Charles Todd

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"The Great War is over - but in Ireland, in the wake of the bloody 1916 Easter Rising, anyone who served in France is now considered a traitor, including nurse Eileen Flynn and former soldier Michael Sullivan, who only want to be married in the small,...

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Legacy of death by Judith Cutler

Legacy of death

Judith Cutler

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"With his lordship's mental health failing, management of his grand country estate has been assigned to a group of trustees, including land agent Matthew Rowsley and his capable wife Harriet. But the smooth running of Thorncroft House is disrupted by...

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The good wife by Jane Adams

The good wife

Jane Adams

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"1929. Police surgeon Dr Clive Mason is devastated when his wife Martha is found dead in an empty horsebox at Southwell Races, her handbag stolen. The Masons were enjoying a day out at the races with their friends, Dr Ephraim Phillips and his wife Nora,...

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The devil and the dark water by Stuart Turton

The devil and the dark water

Stuart Turton

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"'Compulsively readable.'--New York Times Book Review. The extraordinary new thriller from Stuart Turton, author of the bestselling murder mystery The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award. A murder on the high...

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Castle shade by Laurie J. King

Castle shade

Laurie J. King

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"A queen, a castle, a dark and ageless threat--all await Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in this chilling new adventure. The queen is Marie of Roumania: the doubly royal granddaughter to Victoria, Empress of the British Empire, and Alexander II, Tsar...

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What the devil knows by C. S. Harris

What the devil knows

C. S. Harris

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"It's October 1814. The war with France is finally over, Europe's diplomats are convening in Vienna for a conference that will put their world back together, and London finds itself in the grip of a series of terrifying murders eerily similar to the ...

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Murder on Wall Street by Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

Murder on Wall Street

Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

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"Reformed gangster Jack Robinson is working hard to bolster his image in Gilded Age New York City society as he prepares to become a new father. But when Hayden Norcross, the man who nearly ruined his wife, is shot in cold blood, Jack knows the police...

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The indigo ghosts by Alys Clare

The indigo ghosts

Alys Clare

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"October, 1604. Former ship's surgeon turned country physician Gabriel Taverner is surprised to receive an urgent summons from his old naval captain. Now docked in Plymouth harbour, having recently returned from the Caribbean, Captain Colt believes his...

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Olive Bright, pigeoneer by Stephanie Graves

Olive Bright, pigeoneer

Stephanie Graves

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"Though war rages across mainland Europe, the little village of Pipley in Hertfordshire bustles along much as it always has. Adrift since her best friend, George, joined the RAF, 22-year-old Olive Bright fills her days by helping at her father's vete...

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The butcher of Berner Street by Alex (Crime fiction writer) Reeve

The butcher of Berner Street

Alex (Crime fiction writer) Reeve

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"The headlines scream warnings about the 'Butcher of Berner Street!' and the journalist behind them - Leo Stanhope - is secretly thrilled to see the effect his words are having. Leo's previous work has largely been concentrated on more mundane issues...

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An unexpected peril by Deanna Raybourn

An unexpected peril

Deanna Raybourn

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"A princess is missing and a peace treaty is on the verge of collapse in this new Veronica Speedwell adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar® Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn. January 1889. As the newest member of the Curiosity ...

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House of the patriarch by Barbara Hambly

House of the patriarch

Barbara Hambly

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"New Orleans, 1840. Freshly home from a dangerous journey, the last thing Benjamin January wants to do is leave his wife and young sons again. But when old friends Henri and Chloe Viellard ask for his help tracking down a missing girl in distant New York,...

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An extravagant death by Charles (Charles B.) Finch

An extravagant death

Charles (Charles B.) Finch

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"In what promises to be a breakout in Charles Finch's bestselling series, Charles Lenox travels to the New York and Newport of the dawning Gilded Age to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite. London, 1878. With faith in Scotland Yard shattered...

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A sinister service by Alyssa Maxwell

A sinister service

Alyssa Maxwell

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"Following the devastation of the Great War, England's noble class takes comfort in honoring tradition. To celebrate their grandparents' wedding anniversary, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her siblings travel to Staffordshire to commission a china service bearing...

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Murder at the Queen's Old Castle by Cora Harrison

Murder at the Queen's Old Castle

Cora Harrison

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"Despite its regal name, the Queen's Old Castle is nothing but a low-grade department store, housed within the decrepit walls of what was once a medieval castle, built at the harbour entrance to Cork city. On her first visit for fifty years, the Reve...

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The devil's due by Bonnie MacBird

The devil's due

Bonnie MacBird

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"It's 1890 and the newly famous Sherlock Holmes faces his worst adversary to date - a diabolical villain bent on destroying some of London's most admired public figures in particularly gruesome ways. A further puzzle is that suicide closely attends each...

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A lady's guide to mischief and murder by Dianne Freeman

A lady's guide to mischief and murder

Dianne Freeman

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"Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily's imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton's family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests...

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The Mitford trial by Jessica Fellowes

The Mitford trial

Jessica Fellowes

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"It's former lady's maid Louisa Cannon's wedding day, but the fantasy is shattered shortly after when she is approached by a secretive man asking her to spy on Diana Mitford - who is having an affair with the infamous Oswald Mosley - and her similarly...

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Death comes to the rectory by Catherine Lloyd

Death comes to the rectory

Catherine Lloyd

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"1826. Lucy and Robert's joy in christening their new daughter in the village of Kurland St. Mary is only enhanced when Robert's aunt Rose-- now the second wife of Lucy's father Ambrose-- announces that she is with child. However, not everyone is happy...

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The consequences of fear by Jacqueline Winspear

The consequences of fear

Jacqueline Winspear

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"London, September 1941. Freddie Hackett, a message runner for a government office, witnesses an argument that ends in murder. Hiding in the doorway of a bombed-out house, Freddie waits until the coast is clear. But when he arrives at his next delive...

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Mrs P's book of secrets by Lorna Gray

Mrs P's book of secrets

Lorna Gray

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"There are no white shrouded spectres here, no wailing ghouls. Just the echoes of those who have passed, whispering that history is set to repeat itself. The Cotswolds, 1946: A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home...

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A puzzle for fools by Patrick Quentin

A puzzle for fools

Patrick Quentin

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"Broadway producer Peter Duluth sought solace in a bottle after his wife's death; now, two years later and desperate to dry out, he enters a sanitarium, hoping to break his dependence on drink - but the institution doesn't quite offer the rest and re...

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A fatal lie by Charles Todd

A fatal lie

Charles Todd

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"Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man's life and his past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried. A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river....

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A choir of crows by Candace M. Robb

A choir of crows

Candace M. Robb

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"December, 1374. With the great and the good about to descend on York for the enthronement of Alexander Neville as the new archbishop, the city is in a state of high alert. When two bodies are discovered in the grounds of York Minster, Owen Archer is...

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Daughters of darkness by Sally Spencer

Daughters of darkness

Sally Spencer

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"Oxford, 1975. Three years ago, world-renowned anthropologist Grace Stockton was slain in a brutal, unprovoked attack. Despite a large-scale police investigation, the identity of the prime suspect was never uncovered ... and neither was the location of...

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The art fiasco by Fiona Veitch Smith

The art fiasco

Fiona Veitch Smith

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"It's 1924 and Poppy Denby is heading up to Northumberland to celebrate her father's sixtieth birthday. She stops off in Newcastle en route to visit her Aunt Dot, who has temporarily relocated from London to renovate a house she's inherited. One of Aunt...

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The reckoning by M. J. Trow

The reckoning

M. J. Trow

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"December, 1592. England is entering dangerous waters as thoughts turn to the question of the ageing Queen Elizabeth's successor. Christopher Marlowe meanwhile is leading a troupe of the Lord Chamberlain's Men on tour with a controversial new play. M...

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Mr Campion's séance by Mike Ripley

Mr Campion's séance

Mike Ripley

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"1946, London. The eagerly anticipated new detective novel from Albert Campion's godsibling, bestselling author Evadne Childe, is proving to be another runaway success. Unfortunately, it has also caught the attention of Superintendent Stanislaus Oates...

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The clockmaker by Jane Adams

The clockmaker

Jane Adams

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"February, 1929. Clockmaker Abraham Levy's young nephew has vanished. He was last seen boarding a train on his way to see his fiancee, and with no sign of foul play, the suspicion is that he may have got cold feet about his upcoming nuptials and alighted...

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Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley

Murder in the East End

Jennifer Ashley

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"When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam,...

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A lady's guide to mischief and murder by Dianne Freeman

A lady's guide to mischief and murder

Dianne Freeman

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"1899. Risings, George Hazleton's family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice for the wedding of Lily, sister of Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh. But the bucolic setting harbors a menace. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall...

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I saw him die by Andrew Wilson

I saw him die

Andrew Wilson

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"Bestselling novelist and part-time undercover sleuth Agatha Christie is looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation after solving an intricately planned murder in the middle-eastern ruins of Ur. But shortly after arriving home in London, her lon...

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The mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

The mystery of Mrs. Christie

Marie Benedict

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"In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car--strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no ...

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The eye of the hunter by Frank Bonham

The eye of the hunter

Frank Bonham

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"Henry Logan rides with a mission when he arrives in the border town of Nogales, Arizona Territory – skiptracing the location of wealthy rancher Richard I. Parrish. Trust checks in his name have been faithfully cashed each month, but Richard has stop...

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Murder on Cold Street by Sherry (Sherry M.) Thomas

Murder on Cold Street

Sherry (Sherry M.) Thomas

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"Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes's friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited. Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles...

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Death and the maiden by Ariana Franklin

Death and the maiden

Ariana Franklin

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"England. 1191. After the death of her friend and patron, King Henry II, Adelia Aguilar is living comfortably in retirement and training her daughter, Allie. Learning the practical knowledge of anatomy, forensics, and sleuthing that catches murderers,...

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A taste for honey by Gerald Heard

A taste for honey

Gerald Heard

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"In a quiet village far from the noise of Victorian London, Sydney Silchester lives the life of a recluse led by two passions: privacy and honey. He gives up the former only when his stores of the latter run low. But when his honey supplier is found stung...

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Riviera gold by Laurie R. King

Riviera gold

Laurie R. King

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"It's summertime on the Riviera, where the Jazz Age is busily reinventing the holiday delights of warm days on golden sand and cool nights on terraces and dance floors. Just up the coast lies a more traditional pleasure ground: Monte Carlo, where fortunes...

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Do no harm by Max Allan Collins

Do no harm

Max Allan Collins

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"In Do No Harm, Nathan Heller takes on the Sam Sheppard case --a young doctor is startled from sleep and discovers his wife brutally murdered. He claims that a mysterious intruder killed his wife. But all the evidence points to a disturbed husband who...

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