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Takeout Double by Susan Moody

Takeout Double by Susan Moody

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Two years of teaching biology had been enough. Two years of dissecting frogs and reeking of formaldehyde had finally persuaded Cassie Swann to set up as a bridge professional instead. So far, she has managed to make a reasonable living, operating from her Cotswold cottage. And then, during a Winter Bridge Weekend at a country-house hotel, she finds three of her punters dead around the green-baize table. And at least one of them is indisputably the victim of murder. Nothing to do with Cassie - or is it? When she realises that her livelihood is now threatened by the unwanted notoriety, she is forced to undertake some investigations of her own. Set amid the eccentricities of English village life Takeout Double is the first in a marvellous series featuring an amateur sleuth in the obsessive world of bridge players. More info →
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King of Hearts by Susan Moody

King of Hearts by Susan Moody

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Bridge professional Cassie Swann decides to investigate the twenty-year-old murder of her father, ‘Handsome’ Harry Swann. At the same time, Cassie finds herself embroiled in a case of racially motivated poison-pen letters which someone in the Cotswold village of Larton Easewood is sending to an Indian consultant, Dr Sammi Ray, and his wife. Further complications ensue when Dr Ray is found garotted outside the block of Kensington flats where his mistress resides. Menaced by phone-calls from a psychopath, experiencing problems in her love life, fighting the battle of the bulge and frightened by a midnight prowler, Cassie nonetheless wins through - to discover not only who killed her father, but who is behind the tragedy of Dr Ray. More info →
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Doubled In Spades by Susan Moody

Doubled In Spades by Susan Moody

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When one of Cassie Swann’s bridge partners, Naomi Harris, dies from an overdose, she is shocked but not suspicious. But things look rather different with the appearance of a young woman claiming to be Naomi’s daughter, given up for adoption twenty years earlier, and a secret lover who insists that Naomi was murdered by her husband. Guiltily aware that she was not a good friend to Naomi while she was alive, Cassie decides to try to find the truth – and soon discovers that while Naomi had little reason to kill herself, there are several reasons why someone might have wanted her dead. Complications in her own life don’t make things any easier. Torn between DS Paul Walsh and the persistent attentions of Charlie Quartermain, she suddenly finds a menacing figure is stalking her. As she closes in on the mystery of Naomi’s troubled life, she is about to discover some very dangerous secrets. More info →
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Sacrifice Bid by Susan Moody

Sacrifice Bid by Susan Moody

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Times are looking lean for Cassie Swann. With the bridge supplies business in a slump and no new sources of income on the horizon, she’s shocked to find herself cadging drinks off OAPs. But her own problems are forgotten when one of her bridge group, Lolly Haden White, starts seeming very distressed. Are her lapses of memory and dark moods simply a consequence of growing old, or is there something more sinister behind her sudden decline? Realizing that she knows next to nothing about Lolly’s history, Cassie decides to do a little investigating, only to find that Lolly has done a remarkable job of covering up the details of her early life – in particular the time she spent in Africa as a young woman. Cassie begins to suspect that some long-suppressed secret from those days has come back to haunt Lolly – and when a brutal murder shocks the village, Cassie is convinced that the evil Lolly long ago battled against has to be confronted again. More info →
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Dummy Hand by Susan Moody

Dummy Hand by Susan Moody

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The sixth mystery featuring Cassie Swann. When Cassie becomes the victim of a hit-and-run driver, she doesn't expect him to walk later into a police station and confess. Then a young student at Oxford is murdered. Cassie's relentless suitor, Charlie Quartermaine, feels the events are somehow connected. More info →
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Penny Black by Susan Moody

Penny Black by Susan Moody

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A PENNY WANNAMAKE MYSTERY Meet PENNY WANAWAKE, philanthropist, free-thinker, part-time sleuth. Very tall, very classy, very black, a beautiful tigress in tigress' clothing. And her lover and friend, BARNABY, cool, witty, high-class thief, dedicated low-life. Stand by as Penny meets KIMBELL black American detective, and blows his mind. Thrill as between them they track down the brutal killer of Penny's wacky friend MARFA, and exact poetic justice among banks of orchids... PENNY BLACK-the most dynamic debut in the world of crime. More info →
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Penny Dreadful by Susan Moody

Penny Dreadful by Susan Moody

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Penny Wanawake - big, black and sexy - exploded onto the detection scene in Penny Black. This is her second adventure. When Max Maunciple, a novelist feared for his vitriolic pen, dies from an apparent surfeit of gin, only Penny suspects that his death may not be from natural causes. Aided by a handsome American policeman holidaying in England, she sets out to discover the truth. The novel is full of splendid characters and elegantly set in Canterbury where historical and Chaucerian references abound. There is a memorable visit to a health farm and another to Boulogne. The action is fast. The dialogue sparkles. The story maintains its pace right to the very last page. Zest and fun adorn a classic whodunnit plot. The disciplines of the detective novel are observed, the murderer's identity coming as a real surprise when the red herrings have been disposed of. Very contemporary, full of zip and fizz, Penn's latest case as a sleuth comes as a fine successor to the first. It is a spectacular crime novel and a gripping piece of story­telling.   More info →
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Penny Wise by Susan Moody

Penny Wise by Susan Moody

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When aristocrat Amazon Penny Wanawake deputizes for her mother at a super de luxe hotel planning conference on Costas Kyriakou's private Aegean island, she expects boredom and backbiting. And perhaps a brief flirtation with her old friend Theo. But not a body ... 'The glorious PennyWanawake' The Times 'She emerges triumphant, having scattered wisecracks along her way like bread crumbs' Financial Times 'A stunning creation' Evening Standard More info →
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Penny Post by Susan Moody

Penny Post by Susan Moody

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Third in the notable series starring the inimitable Penny Wanawake. When Kendal Santain, local landowner and apparent target, calls on Penny Wanawake for help, he gets it. And rather more than he d bargained for. Six feet, 126 lbs, Bovril-black, rich, beautiful and totally uninhibited - when Penny seeks a Solution, there is nowhere for a Solution, however timid and retiring, to hide. More info →
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Penny Royal by Susan Moody

Penny Royal by Susan Moody

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The news hit the papers ... Dr Bruno Fenlinghetti, esteemed Italian archaeologist and director of Rome's Instituto Ferlinghetti, had disappeared from his home near Naples. A pair of priceless statuettes had also vanished. You didn't have to be Perry Mason to realise that the doctor and the statuettes were thought to be travelling together. Dear forgetful Bruno - disorganised, thoughtless, but never, Penny knew, never dishonest. Bruno, was incorruptible; he didn't mess with drink or drugs or boys, and if he developed a vice he had the Ferlinghetti fortune to indulge it. The exquisitely tuned reasoning of Penny Wanawake sensed it had to be kidnapping or worse. Six feet of slender, sophisticated, immoral, uninhibited sleuth took the first flight to Rome... More info →
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Penny Pinching by Susan Moody

Penny Pinching by Susan Moody

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She was tall. She was black. She was beautiful. Penny and the stranger on her terrace are as alike as two peas in a pod. Except that the stranger is dead. To Penny this seems too much of a coincidence for comfort. The disappearance of her father, a Senangan diplomat, and his friend Pilot Whitman suggests a political motive - but what? And why should she, who is politically naive enough to think that Black Consciousness is a racehorse, be next in line? 'Magnificent black Penny and jewel-thief steady hit multi-faceted trouble ... Ancient and modern history of Senanga, a rich jumble of past society scandals and present political manoeuvres, lies behind the fine, sad mess Penny wise crackingly has to plumb on her travels ... the spinning plot could qualify as the torque of the town' - Sunday Times 'Complicated plot well worked out, comedy and suspense nicely mixed, the one-liners more effective because carefully rationed, Ms Moody's best yet' - Julian Symons More info →
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Penny Saving by Susan Moody

Penny Saving by Susan Moody

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Penny Wanawake, daughter of an African diplomat father and English aristocratic mother, is swept up in the tides of adventure when she agrees to look after the RH Domestic Agency for her neighbour. A nanny for the agency disappears and Penny finds herself sorting out a dangerous puzzle. 'A character who will run and run' Times Literary Supplement 'Magnificent black Penny' Sunday Times 'Fast moving ... witty writing ... a dazzling romp' Birmingham Post 'This fine female writer has found a winning formula with her heroine Penny Wanawake' Oxford Mail 'Dialogue as crisp as a cookie' London Standard 'Not a wasted moment for heroine or reader' The Times 'A protagonist who strides right into the gallery of memorable amateur sleuths, to occupy a position of distinction' Financial Times More info →
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