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Serpent’s Eye by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Serpent’s Eye by Dolores Gordon-Smith

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Farholt; the celebrated country house. The scene of intrigue, robbery and murder … Sandy felt the dying man’s hand move in hers as his eyes fluttered open. “Farholt,” he said in a whisper. “Farholt.” Sandy felt his hand tighten. “Go on,” she encouraged. “I’m from Farholt.” When Sandy Herriad goes to the aid of a dying man, she is plunged into a search for the lost emerald, the Serpent’s Eye, a search which will change her life forever. Philip Brown is young, handsome and dangerously attractive. But is he all he seems? In her search for the missing emerald, Sandy must uncover the truth about Philip, the truth about the theft and the truth about murder. The truth is often deadly… More info →
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How To Write A Classic Murder Mystery by Dolores Gordon-Smith

How To Write A Classic Murder Mystery by Dolores Gordon-Smith

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If you've ever wanted to write a classic or cozy murder mystery, this is the book for you. Drawing on her own experience and that of such giants as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, Dolores take us through the whole process, from getting the initial idea to final submission, with submission advice from a top London agent. Entertaining and easy to follow, How To Write A Classic Murder Mystery will encourage you not only to start but finish your own classic mystery More info →
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Siena by Phil Rowlands

Siena by Phil Rowlands

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Welsh artist Sara Llewellyn’s husband and young son are killed by chance during the shooting of a wealthy Italian in London. The killer disappears and Sara’s pain and grief drive her to the edge of madness. She hides away as her life spins out of control until she meets a Canadian academic researching his Welsh roots. He helps her find some balance and light and provokes a positive start to her recovery. She goes to Italy alone to find answers and is drawn into a world of art, culture, beauty and betrayal that leads to a shattering discovery at the explosive climax of the Palio in Siena. More info →
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Cloning The Hate by Jeff Dowson

Cloning The Hate by Jeff Dowson

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When you open a can and it has prunes in it, it’s a can of prunes. Confirms all your expectations. But open a can of worms and your expectations go viral. Alfie Barnes, brother of Jack Shepherd’s close friend Linda, is beaten to death on the Downs. Shepherd is warned to stay away from the active police case. Then Danny Malone, a violent and dangerous ex-copper, knocks on his office door. Malone’s daughter, a 22-year-old soap superstar, has disappeared and he wants Shepherd to find her before the issue becomes a front page story. His reward, will be cast iron information on who killed Alfie. One case bleeds into the other. As the threats and the troubles multiply, Shepherd is dragged into the racist, murderous world of the city’s hard right and a campaign of brutal Islamophobia. A tough, current story which pulls no punches, from the author of Closing the Distance and Changing the Odds. More info →
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Changing The Odds by Jeff Dowson

Changing The Odds by Jeff Dowson

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Prominent Syon Park millionaire disappears... The story of the Bristol PI and the bloodstained parquet grows curiouser and curiouser. As the headlines grow more cynical by the day, Jack Shepherd knows that his search for a missing retired bookie can only end in misery. But in accepting May Marsh's commission to find her husband, Shepherd doesn't anticipate how high the odds stacked against him are as he is pitched into a word of ruthless exploitation, unbending violence and a heart-stopping confrontation with old enemies - the city's criminal royalty, the Settle family. More info →
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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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