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Scandal at High Chimneys

By John Dickson Carr
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John Dickson Carr
Matthew Damon was a loving father and a figure of moral rectitude. Why, then, has a rumour of scandal followed him, denying him the knighthood he thought he had earned? Why had he, long ago, repeatedly and alone visited the cells of condemned young women?Behind the discreetly drawn curtains at High Chimneys something sinister lurked. Black-haired Kate and demure Celia were suspect. Brother Victor was distraught. The second Mrs Damon was indiscreet. And murder was done. 'Faultless puzzle in detection' New York Times Book Review
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  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

    By Ian Rankin
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    Ian Rankin
    When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence at the scene suggests this was no ordinary crash. Especially when it turns out her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them is willing to talk to the police.Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and an even larger chip on his shoulder. A new law has been passed allowing the Scottish police to re-prosecute old crimes and a thirty-year-old case is being reopened, with Rebus and his team from back then suspected of corruption and worse.Known as 'the Saints', his colleagues swore a bond of mutual loyalty on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But with Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer - and determined to use Rebus for his own ends - the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer.With political turmoil threatening to envelop Scotland, who really are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE not only reaches back to the past to find out what John Rebus did, but also to discover who he really is.
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  • Some Women Won't Wait

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    Mira Woodford was a beautiful girl who believed that the best things in life were expensive. She bartered her youthful charms for the rewards of being an old man's bride, and her investment paid off in millions when she suddenly became his widow.When Bertha Cool sent Donald Lam to find out if Mira's kisses had turned to poison for the rich little poor girl's late husband, one look at Mira made Donald eager to see for himself how deadly her embrace really was. But though Mira was lovely and willing, her past was ugly and threatening - and when passion and blackmail went hand in hand, murder could not be far behind.
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  • Spill the Jackpot

    By Erle Stanley Gardner
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    Erle Stanley Gardner
    Bertha Cool has just been released from a sanitarium where she has been recovering from flu and pneumonia, but soon she and Donald Lam are on the hunt for a missing bride-to-be.They become tangled in case filled with slot-machine skullduggery, a double-crossing client, murder and a spot of financial finagling before they eventually achieve their goal.
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    Silver Guilt

    By Laurence Meynell
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    Laurence Meynell
    Roddy Stanhope Elworthy earns a modest income but yearns for the Dolce Vita. A win on the Premium Bonds gives him the chance to pose as Captain Ellerson at the grandest local hotel, where there is also a roulette room and a gaming table. After one or two weekends in true 'Ellerson' style, Roddy runs short of cash, but 'Ellerson' must be kept in the manner he's rapidly becoming accustomed to. A simple burglary is all it will take ...'An amusing, neat and unpretentious novel - a thoroughly professional piece of work' TLS'Sheer good humour shines out of Mr Meynell's books' Scotsman
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  • The Sixth Deadly Sin

    By Donald MacKenzie
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    Donald MacKenzie
    When Martin Mallory falls in love with a beautiful student, he has no idea the trouble it will cause. Suddenly Li Cho disappears from the secretive Wycherly Foundation for Religious Studies. The principal, Ludovic Lambert, says she has been transferred, but won't say where. In desperation, Mallory arranges for an ex-con friend to break into Lambert's safe where he has heard the transfer list is kept. But the piece of paper they find is far more sinister than a simple list of student transfers.
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  • A Savage State of Grace

    By Donald MacKenzie
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    Donald MacKenzie
    When ex-Detective Inspector John Raven goes on jury duty, the trial he attends is the prosecution of an Englishman and his German girlfriend for heroin smuggling. Raven is convinced the girl has been duped, but she is sentenced while Pelham, her 'lover' goes free. When the girl commits suicide in jail, Raven is determined to expose the truth. Following the trail of her missing diary and using Pelham as a stalking-horse, Raven unravels a ruthless international conspiracy.
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    Screams From a Penny Dreadful

    By Joan Fleming
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    Joan Fleming
    When Mr Stanroyd is found hanged in his own mill, his three young daughters are forced to realise that they are now mill-owners, a position quite unbecoming to a Victorian young lady. The eldest, the enchanting and redoubtable Severel, confides her hopes and fears - and the strange course of events - to her diary. Who killed whom? Which of the three girls married? Which of them was so shocked that she was deprived of speech? What happened to Uncle Eli and to raffish Cousin Bertie from Australia? Who was raped by whom? And who hanged dear Papa?'Very rumbustious and buoyant' Scotsman
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    So What Happens to Me?

    By James Hadley Chase
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    James Hadley Chase
    Jack Crane arrives in Paradise City to find a job lined up for him by his ex-boss Bernie Olson. Bernie, a bomber pilot turned personal pilot to multi-millionaire Lane Essex, wants Jack to fly Essex's new luxury plane in a hijack plan.Planning a hijack shouldn't be that difficult, but they soon discover they didn't account for every eventuality. There's a stowaway passenger on board - Lane's gorgeous wife Victoria - who decides to join the party ...
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  • Sweet Venom

    By Betty Rowlands
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    Betty Rowlands
    A deliciously intriguing mystery with a surprising sting Aidan Cresney seems to be a model citizen. An active member of the parish council and a former barrister, he took up beekeeping as a retirement hobby. Cresney confidently boasts that bees will never attack an apiarist 'who knows what he's doing'. Yet one day he is found dead after suffering multiple stings. When a second family member dies in similar circumstances, tongues begin to wag. And Melissa Craig, the Cotswolds' intrepid crime-writing sleuth, starts to uncover some disturbing secrets.
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    The Soft Centre

    By James Hadley Chase
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    James Hadley Chase
    This swift-moving story of murder and suspense culminates in an unexpected and dramatic climax that is the hallmark of a James Hadley Chase novel. Chris Burnett - successful, wealthy and married to the daughter of a multi-millionaire - receives severe brain injuries in a car accident. While convalescing Burnett disappears for 24 hours, during which time a prostitute is brutally murdered and mutilated. Evidence found by a private inquiry points to Burnett. His wife, blackmailed by the inquiry agent, sets out to prove her husband's innocence ...
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  • Smiling at Death

    By Betty Rowlands
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    Betty Rowlands
    After a third murder within six months, the residents of Thanebury village now live in fear. Despite her local reputation for solving mysteries, crime writer Melissa Craig has no intention of getting involved - until a fourth victim turns up in her own village of Upper Benbury. As Melissa hunts for clues, a fifth murder occurs, and it becomes clear that at least one very disturbed mind is at work . . . 'All the best ingredients of English crime . . . a novel of sharp insights' Cotswold Life
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    The Shadow Game

    By Michael Underwood
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    Michael Underwood
    'We have an agent in East Germany whom we wish to get out ...'There was nothing unusual about these words to the urbane British Intelligence chief who spoke them. He might have been discussing the weather. But to Martin Ainsworth it was the beginning of a nightmare journey from Munich to Istanbul. They had picked Martin for the job. They had planned everything. They had made it all very simple. But they hadn't counted on everything going wrong ...
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  • The Spinster's Secret

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    'Watching, fascinated and horrified, he saw thin fingers creep around the edge of the black curtain. Someone from inside was tugging to loosen it . . .'Miss Martin, a 74-year-old spinster, enjoys her daily habit of watching passers-by from her window. When she strikes up a friendship with one of them - the golden-haired Pamela - she has no inkling that the innocence of her fading years is about to be turned upside down.The little old lady becomes inextricably involved in the child's fate, and when she calls in private eye Arthur Crook to help, a plot of abduction, fraud and murder unfolds . . .
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  • The Scarlet Button

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    James Chigwell is a blackmailer, a human spider who fattens on the blood of other men - on their misfortunes and on their mistakes. But retribution comes to Chigwell when one of his victims at last rebels against his maliciousness and bludgeons him to death.But who among Chigwell's final victims has the courage of despair to slay his tormentor?The Scarlet Button is at once grim and entertaining and, of course, features the celebrated detective Arthur Crook.
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  • A Spy for Mr Crook

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday Express'The lobby of the House of Commons was very full on the momentous afternoon that Miss Sarah Bennett, a composed and amused spinster, torn from her happy obscurity by an energetic and enterprising Minister of Labour, came from the Temporary Pass Office, up the stairs, through a corridor lined with effigies of the great . . .'Arthur Crook, and valiant conspirator Miss Sarah Bennett, secretary to Allen Wilkinson Stout MP, adventure through murders, Nazi incitement and parliamentary happenings to save a wing commander arrested for murder.
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    Stay Close

    By Harlan Coben
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    Harlan Coben
    The brilliant SUNDAY TIMES bestseller from 'one of America's masters of the hook, the twist and the surprise ending' LITERARY REVIEWA suburban wife and mother of two - with a dark and dangerous past. A promising photographer who now panders to celebrity-obsessed rich kids.A detective who can't let go of a cold case . . .Three ordinary people, who discover that when the past refuses to stay buried, the American dream can be a nightmare . . .
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    Shock Treatment

    By James Hadley Chase
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    James Hadley Chase
    Terry Regan, who'd dropped into the Delaneys' cabin up at Blue Jay Lake to sell them a TV set, took in the situation at a glance. Gilda was young and stunningly attractive. Jack Delany was a vicious, hard-drinking cripple, imprisoned in a wheelchair.Regan should have left them ... but he didn't.
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  • Sergeant Verity and the Swell Mob

    By Francis Selwyn
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    Francis Selwyn
    Sergeant Verity's adversaries in the underworld are as busy as ever, this time taking advantage of the Brighton Races to dupe the populace, and, more seriously, to steal the beautiful Shah Jehan clasp. Everyone knows that the glistening jewel is priceless, but only the likes of Sealskin Kite and Old Mole know its true worth.Down from Paddington Green with his family and his old accomplice Miss Jolly, Verity thinks he has crime at bay in Brighton. But the easy time he had anticipated soon turns into a nightmare of false alarms, public disgrace and, worst of all, personal disaster.
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  • Sergeant Verity and the Imperial Diamond

    By Francis Selwyn
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    Francis Selwyn
    Sergeant Verity's second adventure sees him sweltering under the Indian sun, as mutiny brings pillage and war to Bengal. Attached to the Intelligence Department in Calcutta, Verity is given the task of tracing English women who have fallen into the hands of the mutineers, and who face death - or an even worse fate in the harem.But this task is supplanted by a yet more desperate quest when the Kaiser-i-Hind, the great diamond which symbolises sovereignty over all India, disappears, as if by magic, from beneath Verity's eyes as it is about to be handed over to the British.
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