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Diplomat's Folly

By Henry Wade
Authors:
Henry Wade
Aylwin Hundrych is a diplomat with political aspirations, who was once involved with a French girl, Antoinette, with whom he unwittingly shared details about a royal visit to Paris - details which put the King's life in danger. Antoinette's brother holds the former lovers' letters, and is threatening to use them. Hundrych makes a first payment, but the demands continue.Hundrych enlists his old friend Sir Vane Tabbard's son, an ex-commando called Gray Tabbard, who is not too scrupulous about what he does. Gray searches the blackmailer's apartment, but reports back that he cannot find a particularly compromising note.And Gray is in love with the girl Hundrych plans to marry . . .
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The Dying Alderman

By Henry Wade
Authors:
Henry Wade
At a meeting of Quenborough Borough Council, the Mayor, Sir John Assington, is accused by Alderman Trant of wasting money and turning a blind eye to speculators on the make.Then Trant is stabbed with his own knife, and while dying, manages to scratch the initials 'MA' on a piece of paper.Local Chief Constable Race is on the case. He is new to the force, so Superintendent Vorley comes to his aid. With the help of Scotland Yard, in the shape of Inspector Lott, they each bring a different approach to the investigation.For the truth is rarely straightforward . . .
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  • The Duke of York's Steps

    By Henry Wade
    Authors:
    Henry Wade
    A wealthy banker, Sir Garth Fratten, dies suddenly from an aneurysm on the Duke of York's Steps. His doctor is satisfied that a mild shock such as being jostled would be enough to cause Sir Garth's death. It all seems so straightforward, and there is no inquest.But Fratten's daughter Inez is not satisfied. She places an advertisement in the London newspapers that comes to the attention of Scotland Yard, and Inspector John Poole is assigned to make enquiries.Poole's investigation leads him into a world of high finance where things are not as they seem; a sordid world in which rich young men make fools of themselves over chorus girls.
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    A Dying Fall

    By Henry Wade
    Authors:
    Henry Wade
    Charles Rathlyn has everything - a benefactress, a rich wife and a comfortable country life. But while riding to hounds one day he takes a terrible spill, and, on reviving, finds himself looking into a pair of beautiful brown eyes. He knows he has fallen once again . . . in love.But are his fall and those soft brown eyes linked to another fall - the fatal plunge his wife, Kate takes over the banister to the parquet floor below, supposedly while sleepwalking?Did she fall or was she pushed? Kate Rathlyn's death begins an investigation into blackmail and murder among the sporting set.
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    Death Stalk

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    The small Hebridean island of Alsaig is facing a crisis. It is famous for its only export, a particularly fine malt whisky, upon which most of the islanders depend for their livelihood. But the distillery is threatened with a takeover by an American firm, which would not only make many of the workforce redundant but also adulterate the product.But owner Alisdair Matheson is refusing to sell, despite threats of sabotage and an attempt on his life. The situation is complicated further by an actual murder on the island, which the locals believe to have been committed by American Mike MacDonald. Tension mounts as storms lash the island, isolating it from the outside world and locking the killer in with the islanders.
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  • Death in the Skies

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    When the valet of a German baron visiting Paris is stabbed to death, the murder is not allowed to interfere with the glittering social life of the Belle Epoque.Inspector Gautier has scarcely begun to investigate the murder when he is instructed to make secret enquiries into a case of espionage involving the Minister for War. The minister has been wildly indiscreet, and Gautier's enquiries uncover a murderous conspiracy, which is brought to a denouement during a spectacular historical pageant under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
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  • Death Au Gratin

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    When a young chambermaid is found dead, bitten by a cobra concealed in the bed of notorious libertine Armand de Périgord, Inspector Jean-Paul Gautier is certain that she was not the intended victim. The charismatic de Périgord is very wealthy and has never married, and some very salacious stories circulate regarding his many affairs. Could the cobra have been planted by a jealous husband or a jilted lover? When Gautier is put in touch with the widowed Catriona Becker to tutor him in English, he soon discovers that she has fallen victim to a ruthless blackmailer. The tale she tells him provides another insight into the shady activities of de Périgord and Gautier is soon facing more than one case of blackmail . . . and murder.
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  • Death Off Stage

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    The Dashkova Ballet Company - a visiting Russian troupe led by Inspector Gautier's charming Soviet mistress, Princess Sophia - is about to become the toast of Paris when the famous Judge Prudhomme is found with a bullet in his heart in a squalid hotel room. And when the corpse of the beautiful prima ballerina Nicola Stepanova turns up equally cold, the company's once sparkling future pales considerably.Gautier has to solve the murders to save the troupe and salvage his great romance - all of which he undertakes with his customary élan, éclat and joie de vivre.
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  • Death on the Cards

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    When a homemade bomb explodes on a houseboat moored on the Seine, following two brutal stabbings in Pigalle, the Paris police receive a list of targets for assassination that includes the President of the Republic himself. Each murder will be announced beforehand by the arrival of a playing card.Inspector Jean-Paul Gautier believes the choice of cards, their suit and value, are significant in some way, and must follow the threads of a riddle that unfolds against the colourful backdrop of life in Belle Époque Paris and climaxes in a spectacular bal masqué.
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  • Death En Voyage

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    'The English should confine their murders to their own country' is the view held by Parisians when Lady Dorothy Strathy, sister of the Earl of Tain, is discovered stabbed in her hotel room. This opinion is held by none more strongly than Courtrand, the head of the Sûreté, an outrageous snob who regards the case as closed when it is discovered that Lady Strathy's paid companion, Miss Newbolt, was the first on the scene. However, Inspector Gautier is not so easily swayed and comes up with a number of awkward clues which throw doubt on Courtrand's theory, facing in the process the shady underworld of male prostitution and back-street throat-cutting - alongside more personal troubles including the death of his ex-wife - in a case with a startling dénouement.
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  • The Death of Abbe Didier

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    Two dramatically contrasting episodes face Inspector Gautier in his latest mystery: the death by stabbing of the vicar of the fashionable church of Saint Clothilde in the confessional box; and the theft of the Duchesse de Paiva's diamond necklace during the extravagant fête thrown by Armand de Saules to celebrate the eighteenth birthday of his daughter, Marie-Thérèse.As the inspector investigates Marie-Thérèse's clandestine affair with a somewhat discreditable Italian poet, Daniele Pontana, and her rejection of her parents' choice for a husband, Gautier discovers the two crimes are strangely connected. As is a third, the murder of Pontana's valet Ponzi . . .
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  • Dead So Soon

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    The house in Chelsea was smart, in an unpretentious way. But when detective John Bryant rang the front door bell, he found neither intellect nor artistry; what lay before him was a world of curious contrasts - of extravagance and squalor, luxury and murder.Bryant follows his lads from a second-rate strip club, via a vast modern steelworks to the Seamen's Quarter in Amsterdam. Piece by piece the truth is uncovered and the mystery reaches a crescendo in a climax of violence against the brilliant colours of a sun-filled patio.
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  • Death in Melting

    By Richard Grindal
    Authors:
    Richard Grindal
    Inside the furnace was a seething pool of molten metal, bubbling with a heat great enough to destroy a man's body so completely it would be impossible to trace. And Gerald Norris had disappeared without a trace!In London, Julie Crocker was hunting for her brother amongst the demi-monde of unsuccessful artists. He too had disappeared, leaving no trace except an indifferent painting in a Soho restaurant.Against the backdrop of the power and heat of the steelworks and the overcrowded bars of Soho, private detective John Bryant sets about investigating both mysteries. Mysteries that can only be solved in the consuming flames of yet another fire.
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    The Deep

    By Mickey Spillane
    Authors:
    Mickey Spillane
    Deep was back in town after a twenty-five-year exile - to inherit an empire and avenge a death. He and Bennett had made the inheritance pact when they were kids; they had known that even New York was too small for them to share and so they had tossed a coin to determine who would stay and who would build his organisation in another town. Deep had lost and gone.But now Bennett has been murdered in his own home and Deep is ready to prove he's strong enough to take over. Deep wants Bennett's killer, the others want Bennett's job. And all too many of them - including the beautiful Irish - want Deep dead . . .
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    Dry Bones

    By Craig Johnson
    Authors:
    Craig Johnson
    Sheriff Walt Longmire has handled some cold cases in his time, but none as cold as the sixty-five million-year-old death of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery of the most complete T rex skeleton ever found appears to be a windfall for the local High Plains Dinosaur Museum, until the body of Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose land the remains were discovered, is found floating face down in a turtle pond. Walt is on a mission to determine who would benefit from Danny's death, but first he must disentangle the interests of numerous factions including the palaeontologists, Danny's family, Wyoming's Acting Deputy Attorney - and the FBI. And then, in the thick of the investigation, Walt's daughter, Cady, arrives with her baby, bringing tragedy in their wake . . .
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  • Drumfire

    By Graham Ison
    Authors:
    Graham Ison
    One Saturday night, a masked gunman walks into a jazz club and murders the drummer with a sawn-off shotgun. Shortly afterwards, Detective Chief Inspector Brock and Detective Sergeant Poole find themselves taking an interest in the guests at a party in Surrey's stockbroker belt - a party where naked girls were thrown into the swimming pool by the villains who were with them.This leads them back to a five-year-old robbery and a series of interviews with a number of armed robbers. Then numerous extra-marital affairs come to light and a bullion van is attacked . . .
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    The Davidian Report

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
    Authors:
    Dorothy B. Hughes
    One of them is the link to Davidian.One of them is holding out . . .Steve Wintress's flight to Los Angeles is forced down in bad weather, and he shares a car into town with three fellow travellers: a shy young soldier, a cool Hollywood actress and a Justice Department official.But all four passengers have something in common - something any one of them might kill to get their hands on.Every secret agency in the world wants to possess the Davidian Report, smuggled out of East Berlin by a Communist defector, and it's lying somewhere in LA. Steve wants that Report, but he'll have to fight with the big guns, like the CIA and the FBI, if he's going to get there first . . .
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    Dread Journey

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
    Authors:
    Dorothy B. Hughes
    One-way ticket to death . . .? In the four years since she arrived in Los Angeles, Kitten Agnew has become a star. Not all by herself, of course; though beautiful and talented, Kitten would be lost without her director, the acclaimed and powerful Vivien Spender. But Spender is a dangerous man. Kit knows that, and has heard all the stories - of discarded stars that have ended up in a chorus line, or a sanatorium, or worse.Spender knows that Kit knows, and wouldn't dare destroy her glittering career. But he may be willing to kill her . . .On a train from LA to Chicago, Kit makes a discovery that could have her fighting not just for her career, but for her life.
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    The Delicate Ape

    By Dorothy B. Hughes
    Authors:
    Dorothy B. Hughes
    Diplomatic corps man Piers Hunt watches the glittering lights of Broadway from his Hotel Astor room. The German girl's mocking voice returns to his mind yet again: 'More melodrama, Piers?' Yes: this time it's 'more melodrama', but with a vengeance.In New York incognito, only Piers knows that his superior, Samuel Anstruther, has been murdered, possibly to get him out of the way of a plan to withdraw a police force that governs post-Second World War Germany. Rumours abound that the Germans might be allowed free reign once again.Piers is a man of peace, but he may have to get his hands dirty if he doesn't want to be murdered - before telling the world what Anstruther knew . . .
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  • The Death Dealers

    By Mickey Spillane
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    Mickey Spillane
    The third of the Tiger Mann adventures calls on the master of counter-espionage to act as unofficial bodyguard to a visiting Arab king.The American government is courting the visiting ruler for reasons of oil. The Communists want the king, too - but they'd prefer him dead. So Tiger has to outwit the principal Far East Communist agent, counteract Communist propaganda being fed to the king, entertain the monarch's beautiful fiancé ...... and still keep his lovely Rondine happy.
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