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Closing The Distance by Jeff Dowson

Closing The Distance by Jeff Dowson

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"I want you to find someone,” Deborah said. “And who would that be?” I asked. “Me,” she said. “I want you to find me.” Jack Shepherd takes on this odd commission and his client promptly disappears. A body surfaces in the mud of the Severn Estuary and is identified as Deborah’s therapist and a former client of Shepherd. He comes up against a local second string villain, attempting to punch above his weight as a dog fight promoter and the UK end of a trafficking business run by a pair of ex pat Serbs. Shepherd battles to stay on the right side of the law as he struggles to locate his client. In the process, he unearths a story which goes back 12 years to a bloody massacre in a Kosovan village. 'Closing the Distance is a clever modern thriller where nothing is as it first seems.' - Cathi Unsworth More info →
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Revenge of the Malakim by Paul Harrison

Revenge of the Malakim by Paul Harrison

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It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems. More info →
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Escapades In Bizarrchaeology by Adrian Burrows

Escapades In Bizarrchaeology by Adrian Burrows

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The History Book For People Who Don't Like History - Yet! Captain Max Virtus has spent his life Excavating the Extraordinary and Unearthing the Unusual. Gathering the history of the Bizarre to exhibit in his Warehouse of Bizzarchaeology. Now you have the opportunity to take a guided tour of his life's work, in this, his personal journal. Discover why bats were used as bombs, how an emu can defeat a tank, the reason why guns were installed in cemetries ... and how you can get shot with an arrow ... and survive. All this ... and then things get really weird! Take History To The Max More info →
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A Deepe Coffyn by Janet Laurence

A Deepe Coffyn by Janet Laurence

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The Society of Historical Gastronomes is gathering for a weekend symposium on food from the past. Darina Lisle has been asked to cater for the occasion and has prepared a multitude of exquisite dishes – from salmagundis to a deepe coffyn - culled from ancient recipe books. But when the chairman is found stabbed to death with a boning knife, the professional pique of the attendant foodies takes on a more sinister meaning. Discarded lovers, jealous colleagues and a plagiarised author have good reason to resent the victim's success. Darina, too, is under suspicion and determines to clear her name by revealing the murderer's true identity. More info →
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A Tasty Way To Die by Janet Laurence

A Tasty Way To Die by Janet Laurence

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When Darina Lisle agrees to help out in her old schoolfriend's rapidly expanding catering company, The Wooden Spoon, she expects to be kept frantically busy, with cookery demonstrations, cocktail parties and elaborate private dinners. But she doesn't expect to be involved in death ... Even a simple case of food poisoning would be bad for business and once the story leaks to the press The Wooden Spoon sees bookings fall. But when insinuations of murder begin to surface, Darina is drawn further into the web of intrigue. Natural curiosity leads to her own investigations, and when Detective Sergeant William Pigram ridicules her amateur sleuthing, Darina is more determined than ever to solve the mystery herself. 'Exuberant tale of gastronomic homicide, full of intriguing inside-knowledge ... Engaging chefette, Darina Lisle, sleuths zestfully and there are even some helpful culinary hints along the way' Marcel Berlins, The Times More info →
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Hotel Morgue by Janet Laurence

Hotel Morgue by Janet Laurence

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Darina Lisle is lunching at the Hotel Morgan – nicknamed Hotel Morgue for its dilapidated condition - when she seizes the chance to save the dying West Country hotel from ruin. William Pigram cannot believe she is serious and, as the hotel takes up more and more of her time, begins to regret ever inviting her to lunch there. But Detective Sergeant Pigram is soon distracted by the murder of a local waitress and by the arrival of a new recruit, in the petite form of Detective-Constable Pat James. Darina sets about turning the Hotel Morgan into a hive of activity and soon she has it fully booked for Christmas. But as she gets to know her employer, Ulla Mason; the attractive but infuriating Alex; and the other local hotelier, Adam Tennant, owner of the luxurious Manor Park Hotel, she becomes increasingly suspicious of their involvement in the killing of Sharon Fry. And, when another murder is committed, Darina decides it is time to polish up her sleuthing skills. More info →
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Recipe For Death by Janet Laurence

Recipe For Death by Janet Laurence

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Parted from her detective boyfriend William Pigram, cookery writer Darina Lisle is helping judge a cookery competition. Shades of the Great British Bake Off and all its stresses and strains accompany the judging process. In the chaos that follows the winning announcement, Darina accepts an invitation from Somerset chef Simon Chapman to his restaurant. Soon she is involved with the Fry family, their organic farm, the winner of the competition, and with Natasha, the haunted cousin of renowned cookery writer Natalie Duke. All too soon death arrives at the Fry's and Darina, without William, employs all her detective instincts in delving into the past to solve the present - for there's a killer upsetting the culinary ambitions of several people. More info →
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Death and the Epicure by Janet Laurence

Death and the Epicure by Janet Laurence

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When cordon bleu cook Darina Lisle is commissioned to write a cookery book for Finer Foods – a family firm importing gourmet delicacies from the Far East among other places – it comes as an exciting challenge. But Darina soon discovers that Finer Foods is in deep trouble. Profits are plummeting and the managing director, epicure Joe Madoc, is at loggerheads with the board both personally and professionally. Then tragedy strikes in the demonstration kitchen. But was it an accident or a brilliantly planned murder? While a police enquiry proceeds, Darina becomes more and more closely involved in the doings at Finer Foods, and the quick thinking of her detective fiancé, William Pigram, narrowly averts a second death. As the misfortunes of the company mount, Darina finds herself out of a job. Unable to investigate further, she accompanies William’s sister on a trip to Hong Kong, hoping to increase her knowledge of oriental cuisine. And it is there that an unexpected encounter finally enables Darina to unravel deep secrets surrounding Finer Foods … More info →
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Death At The Table by Janet Laurence

Death At The Table by Janet Laurence

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Cookery writer Darina Lisle’s great chance comes along with a place on a weekly food and wine TV programme. Charismatic Australian wine expert, Bruce Bennett, also comes along bringing trouble. Tensions rise till there seems hardly an aspect of the programme unaffected and even Darina’s relationship with her detective partner is under strain. Then death occurs on camera. It’s a suspected heart attack but Darina receives a call that claims it was murder. More death follows. Suspects are everywhere and Darina is fighting to prove her suspicions at the same time as coping with her performance on the programme, and her relationship with William. Then someone tries to break into her home. Suddenly she is face to face with a killer who has nothing to lose. More info →
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Death A La Provencale by Janet Laurence

Death A La Provencale by Janet Laurence

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Cookery expert Darina Lisle and her Detective Inspector husband, William Pigram, are honeymooning in the south of France. Entertained to lunch by another cookery expert, Helen Mansard, her partner, Bernard Barrington Smythe a retired Lloyd’s member and agent, shows them the olive oil mill he hopes will make a fortune. Soon Darina and William find themselves meeting a series of interesting ex-pats enjoying the sunshine life in the south of France. Then death arrives at the oil mill and Darina and William find themselves a team investigating murder. More info →
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Diet For Death by Janet Laurence

Diet For Death by Janet Laurence

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Darina Lisle is accompanying her recently widowed mother for a reviving stay at the Conifers Spa health farm, hoping it will enable her to lose some of the weight gained since her honeymoon in the south of France. Weight is not the only challenge being faced by an entertaining and varied collection of guests: what is healthy eating? Is being overweight something to worry about? The spa itself, run by a friend of Darina’s, is in a severe financial crisis, and there are staff troubles. Darina’s husband, William, is part of the investigating team called in when death is discovered. Possible motives multiply. Darina herself is faced by personal and career challenges that force her to reassess some long held preconceptions as she tries to sort out the puzzles surrounding the murder, then finds that she is confronting an unexpectedly strong and violent killer. More info →
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Appetite For Death by Janet Laurence

Appetite For Death by Janet Laurence

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Darina Lisle is surprised to hear from an old school friend, even more when she discovers why. Jemima Ealham wants her to find out who the father of her toddler nephew is. Sophie, Rory’s mother, died giving birth without revealing her son’s parentage. Basil Ealham, Jemima and Sophie’s multi-millionaire father, dismisses it as unimportant and Darina’s investigation, taken on out of loyalty to her friend, soon runs into trouble. Meanwhile, her husband, DCI William Pigram also comes up against Basil Ealham. A fire in a food factory has killed a security guard, and the owner is Basil’s girlfriend. It’s not long before the millionaire is the prime suspect for murder. And for Darina, her involvement with Rory becomes much closer than she’d ever imagined. More info →
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