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Too Soon to Die

By Henry Wade
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Henry Wade
Colonel Jerrod has just six months to live, but he needs a year if he is to save Brackton, the family estate, from crippling death duties. Then his ambitious son, Grant, has an idea, one that involves Colonel Jerrod's carefree brother, Philip, and which develops into a complicated fraud that, he hopes, will safeguard Brackton for future generations.But there is a boating accident, in which Colonel Jerrod is believed drowned, and a visit at Brackton from the Inland Revenue to clear up some routine questions . . . Before long, Chief Inspector Poole finds himself drawn into the investigation with questions of his own.
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  • Treason in my Breast

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    'Few murders would go unhung,' said plump, cynical Arthur Crook, 'if people used their eyes more. It's the man selling violets in the gutter, the woman exercising her Pekinese, the chap reading the midday racing news in the Tube who actually have the chance to spot the murderer. They're the people he can't guard aginst.'Arthur Crook is a delightful nosey-parker, and here his blustering humour and bulldog tenacity face their toughest test yet.
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    The Tartan Conspiracy

    By Richard Grindal
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    Richard Grindal
    After his father dies of a heart attack, Ian Blackie finds an old box full of a bizarre assortment of papers in the attic of his parents' home. Hidden amongst the papers are some mysterious personal mementos belonging to General Alexander Ballantine, his father's old school friend, recently killed by an IRA bomb.Ian soon realises that his father had been conducting his own investigation into Ballantine's murder, refusing to believe the IRA angle. Intrigued, Ian decides to follow the clues he has left, which leads him to the Tartan Conspiracy and a race to prevent the murder of the Queen.
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    A Taste of Death

    By Richard Grindal
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    Richard Grindal
    When journalist Ronnie Bart visits a Rome clinic, where one of his colleagues lies drugged, he becomes involved in a series of adventures in which fear and death are never far away.In a Copenhagen nightclub, Bart meets a young millionaire, Paul Arved, and goes with him and his 'flying circus' of girls and hangers-on in a private jet to the South of France. They then proceed to Sicily, where the story reaches a dramatic, violent finale.
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    Third Party Risk

    By Guy Cullingford
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    Guy Cullingford
    When Dorothy Squirl's speech for the opening of the Fallowfield Fête blew out of her hands, she found herself under the heady influence of an overdose of pep pills, calling on all women to unite to put the world to rights. The husbands didn't like it, but once the press, and especially columnist Gabrielle Patch, had taken Dorothy to their hearts, there was no stopping the movement. The nation took notice. But soon Gabrielle Patch was disputing her rights in the Women's Party with the crime reporters as sudden death began to remove members of the committee.
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    A Touch of Drama

    By Guy Cullingford
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    Guy Cullingford
    Archie Wayne, successful playwright, could not say what impulse had made him return to the small town of his boyhood. On impulse, he called on his boyhood friend, and the matter would have ended there had he not met and fallen for his friend's daughter, the young and innocent Christine.Their brief idyll is interrupted by a police enquiry: Archie's wife Irma is missing, leaving behind a disquieting message, and he finds himself suspect number one in a possible murder case. But Archie is convinced that Irma is alive and trying to ruin him - and tragedy and violence will take their toll on both the guilty and innocent in the search for the truth.
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  • Two Men in Twenty

    By Maurice Procter
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    Maurice Procter
    The XXC mob is giving Scotland Yard a run for its money, but the police have no idea who they are. As the gang is London-based, Granchester's Chief Inspector Martineau is not overly concerned.Then London gets too hot even for this gang. Cain, one of its members, decides they'll slip out of London one by one, so that Scotland Yard will think they've been done for.Then Martineau gets a 999 call early one Sunday morning: a safe has been broken into during the night.Martineau and team start to investigate, but they haven't got very far when there's another Granchester robbery. Martineau realises he's got the XXC gang on his hands - and that things are going to get pretty tough.
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  • The Twisted Thing

    By Mickey Spillane
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    Mickey Spillane
    This is some household. The kid is a genius, the father a scientist of international repute. Money is a problem. Not a shortage of money, but the opposite: too much. The sort of money that brings the envious and the scheming clustering like flies around offal: nieces, nephews, cousins ... a family of mean minds and gross appetites.The staff has its peculiarities, too: the chauffeur is an ex-con; the governess formerly a featured act in strip clubs from New York to Miami; and the secretary has a well-developed taste in other women.Yes, it's some household - and not all that welcoming of PI Mike Hammer, not when the kid has been kidnapped and everyone's a suspect.
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    They See in Darkness

    By Ethel Lina White
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    Ethel Lina White
    Oldtown is a picturesque, historic place, with a square of characterful houses nestling at its centre, and is home to retired colonial masters and friendly locals. A wealthy, reclusive sisterhood lives there too, in a large mansion, Cloisters; a group known locally as the 'Black Nuns', who are said to have extraordinary healing powers.But a killer is at work in Oldtown, and a series of murders has thrown the inhabitants into blind, unreasoning terror, a fear of darkness and of strange sounds - sounds such as the pitiless beat of following footsteps. Suddenly the town is plunged into a miasma of fear and superstition ...
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    The Third Eye

    By Ethel Lina White
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    Ethel Lina White
    Caroline Watts has accepted a post as games mistress at the prestigious Abbey School in the west of England. She is delighted with the appointment: it's an excellent private girls' school. No matter that she was introduced to the post through a tenuous network of family contacts. And that the previous games mistress was found dead in bed from heart failure.From the moment she arrives at the school, Caroline is beset by fear. But of what? How could a school, owned by two influential ladies and run by the formidable Mrs Nash, threaten harm to a new teacher, eager to start her first job?Rumour has it that her predecessor died of fright ...
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    A Time of Predators

    By Joe Gores
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    Joe Gores
    The gang was restless, just looking for idle fun. They roughed up a man they thought was gay - but their game got out of hand and their victim was blinded.It was Paula Halstead's bad luck to witness the attack and catch a glimpse of one of the boys. After they got through with her, she killed herself.Now her husband is out for revenge ...
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    Three at the Angel

    By Maurice Procter
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    Maurice Procter
    Lou Fingerhut's boxing career is finished, but a golden opportunity drops into his lap, one that could see him right for life. Soon he and his old ring mates, Goldie and China, are caught up in an ever-expanding net of crime and violence, chalking up a score of four murders and a jewel robbery.With the police moving in at one end and a rival underworld gang at the other, it dawns on them that they're in deeper than they could have imagined possible. Will they ever break out of this game alive?
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  • Third Crime Lucky

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    Mr Cobb is the third elderly invalid to die conveniently, if unexpectedly, in the house of Fred and Bessie Meadows. Yet who could suspect this responsible, honest couple? Nothing is too much trouble, yet wherever they go, death goes too. But their third crime involves them with Arthur Crook, and that's when their luck turns.Fans of the lawyer-sleuth know that his arrival on the scene brings action, and that every sort of cunning will be employed to ensure the innocent are kept safe and the guilty . . . trapped.'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday Express
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    Trouble With Product X

    By Joan Aiken
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    Joan Aiken
    Martha works for an advertising agency, filming a TV commercial on location in Cornwall. Her boss's new client is the eccentric owner of a chemicals company that has invented a new, almost irresistible perfume, and Martha is in charge of shooting the romantic ads - unfortunately starring his difficult daughter-in-law.In a witty parody of the classic gothic, Martha soon becomes embroiled in a conspiracy over the missing perfume formula as the increasingly incredible plot strands - which include an amorous sheikh, a series of exploding soup cans and a kidnapped baby - mount to a hair raising climax around her.'Witty and acute ... a nice romantic thriller' Punch
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  • Try Anything Once

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
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  • Through a Glass, Darkly

    By Helen McCloy
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    Helen McCloy
    Gisela von Hohenems joins the teaching staff of an exclusive girls' school in upstate New York, where she befriends fellow newcomer Faustina Coyle. But a climate of fear surrounds Faustina, and after several strange incidents that defy rational explanation, she is forced to resign.Gisela asks her fiancé, detective-psychologist Dr Basil Willing, to investigate in this highly acclaimed horror-mystery with shades of M. R. James.
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    A Thief in the Night

    By Elizabeth Ferrars
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    Elizabeth Ferrars
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  • Tenant for the Tomb

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    On a quiet country station, Detective Arthur Crook, waiting for the train to London, witnessed a near-fatal accident. Despite the arm of her companion, Miss Imogen Garland slipped and almost fell under the train. No harm was done, and Arthur Crook might not have thought anything more about it had not a newspaper item a few weeks later caught his eye. Miss Garland had once again been involved in an accident, this time fatal. Only it was not Miss Garland who had died . . .'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday Express
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    Two Clues

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    In Two Clues Erle Stanley Gardner creates a character of instantaneous appeal in a slow-spoken genial sheriff who is more tracker than detective. The ambitious District Attorney or the campaigning publisher of the Rockville Gazette, with their faith in fingerprints and lie-detectors, might think Bill Eldon dated, but he knows Rockville district inside out.In 'The Case of the Runaway Blonde' the body of a girl is found on a freshly ploughed strip of land. And in 'The Case of the Hungry Horse' a young woman has apparently been kicked to death in a dark stable ...This is Bill's territory, and it is his feel for cornspun characters, cattle and crops - and not the manoeuvres of the smart lawyers and politicos - that crucial to deciphering both cases.
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  • They Never Say When

    By Peter Cheyney
    Authors:
    Peter Cheyney
    Slim Callaghan, private detective, is drawn into a particularly dubious case - even for him. A Mrs Paula Denys says she paid a man to steal the priceless Denys Coronet from her husband's safe. Now the thief won't hand over the goods and is attempting to blackmail her.Callaghan solves the problem for his client but, too late, discovers the luscious Mrs Denys is not all she seems. Callaghan is determined to get to the bottom of it all - and opens some dangerous cans of worms in the process.
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