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Don't Leave Me This Way

by Joan Smith

Loretta Lawson is not overjoyed when an old acquaintance, Sandra, turns up knocking on Loretta's doorstep on Christmas Eve. After a week of wrecking havock on Loretta's content, quiet life, Sandra suddenly disappears....


A Masculine Ending

by Joan Smith

Loretta Lawson, a feminist professor visiting Paris to deliver a paper on the oppressive nature of masculine grammatical forms, stumbles across the murder of an Oxford don.

But when the body disappears, she returns...


Murder Is a Long Time Coming

by Anthony Masters

The Ch�teau Letoric is the ancestral home of the highly respected Larche family obsessed with the past, with bitterness, rancour and revenge.

Solange is one of France's most poignant Resistance heroines but,...


Dead Man's Folly: Hercule Poirot Investigates

Hercule Poirot #31

by Agatha Christie

Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she...


Confessional

by Anthony Masters

The extraordinary, demonic monument to Franco broods over the Valley of the Fallen, north of Madrid. Here, in the hallowed seclusion of the confessional box, Eduardo Tomas, Spain's Home Affairs Minister, is...


Grave Consequences

by Dana Cameron

Archaeologist Emma Fielding encounters murder and mystery on the site of an old English Abbey in this second "rip-snorting good mystery" (Aaron Elkins) written by a real-life archaeologist.

Archaeologist Emma...


Window on the World

by Hugh Cornwell

Botanical writer James Thornberry's life is irrevocably changed when he meets up-and-coming artist, Katherine Gaunt. Falling madly in love with her, he begins to collect her paintings secretly and obsessively,...


The Dark Moment

by Ann Bridge

Feride and Nil�fer lead a elegant and comfortable life in Turkish aristocratic society until their lives are turned upside down by Atat�rk�s fight for independence after WWI. Finding strength and courage...


The King of the Rainy Country

by Nicolas Freeling

This was the end of the story that had started 'Once upon a time, in a rainy country, there was a king...' The end had not happened in a rainy country, but on a bone-dry Spanish hillside, three hundred metres...


Fen Country

by Edmund Crispin

Dandelions and hearing aids, a bloodstained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, a truly poisonous letter...just some of the unusual clues that Oxford don/detective Gervase Fen and his friend Inspector...


Double-Barrel

by Nicolas Freeling

'Two women had committed suicide, and a third had had to be led gently away by men in white coats. There had been an outbreak of anonymous letters. . .That was not so very much. But there was something more,...


A Long Silence

by Nicolas Freeling

First published in 1972, the tale is of an unimportant case. No crime had been committed. For Van der Valk the shady dealings of a prosperous Amsterdam jeweler were more of a private puzzle.

Two bullets put...


The Glimpses of the Moon

by Edmund Crispin

When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's ruralcalm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector,...


Criminal Conversation

by Nicolas Freeling

Van der Valk is on the case again as a mysterious letter is unearthed alluding to the murder of a man named Cabestan. In the letter, the murderer is named but van der Valk must find out first who this mysterious...


Frequent Hearses

by Edmund Crispin

Stars, Starlets, Floozies and factotums to the film world - Gervase, Fen suspects them all...

Gervase Fen is more at home in his ivory tower than in a London film studio, but Murder can take place anywhere, and...


The White Cottage Mystery

by Margery Allingham

Eric Crowther knew everybody's secrets, so there was no shortage of suspects when he was found shot at the White Cottage. Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry had to look deep into everyone's past - including...


Beware of the Trains

by Edmund Crispin

How acute are your powers of perception? Do they begin to match those of Gervase Fen, Oxford don and sleuth supreme?

First published in 1953, these sixteen short stories are classic examples of Fen's mastery...


The Underside

by H. R. F. Keating

This novel, set in Victorian London in its heyday, presents a picture, both horrific and authentic, of the 'underside' of life in the first city of the world.

It tells of Godfrey Mann, a young painter, who has...


The Dog It Was That Died

by H. R. F. Keating

With this dazzling off-beat thriller, his fourth, which appeared in 1962, Mr. Keating had achieved his very top form. Who wanted him? What for? Why was Roger Farrar (if that was his name) on the run in Dublin?...


Enchanter's Nightshade

by Ann Bridge

In Enchanter's Nightshade, first published in 1937, Bridge presents her reader with a "period piece" of Italian provincial society and distributes our sympathies over a surprising range of characters, several...