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Death Before Breakfast

by George Bellairs Bloomsbury Publishing (August 26, 2014)

On her way to Church early one November morning, Mrs. Jump sees a dead body in the gutter in July Street. Fearing to investigate, she hurries on, but her conscience finally convinces her that she ought to return...


Death on the Last Train

by George Bellairs Bloomsbury Publishing (August 26, 2014)

Detective-Inspector Thomas Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is travelling to an assignment, exhausted after an arduous journey of delayed connections, when he finally catches the last train. But far from conveying...


The Phantom Coach

by Michael Sims Bloomsbury Publishing (October 23, 2014)

Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections have been widely praised, has gathered twelve...


In Pieces

by Nick Hopton Bloomsbury Publishing (September 09, 2014)

Si is 28 and unsure of what he wants Â? in his job, his love life, even just for dinner. The only thing he's certain of is his friendship with Jimmy, a late-twenties professional footballer in a career he fears...


Strike Out Where Not Applicable

by Nicolas Freeling Bloomsbury Publishing (September 25, 2014)

Commissaire Van der Valk, appointed to his new position after surviving a bullet through the leg, is getting rather bored of his new quiet life in the town of Lisse. Whilst getting home in time for dinner and...


The Lazarus Prophecy

by F. G. Cottam Bloomsbury Publishing (September 09, 2014)

There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir,...


Devious Murder

by George Bellairs Bloomsbury Publishing (September 09, 2014)

Whilst taking the dog out for the last walk of the day, Littlejohn of Scotland Yard comes across a body in the rain. Recognising it as Charles Blunt, a thief he crossed paths with and admired many years before,...


Murder Adrift

by George Bellairs Bloomsbury Publishing (September 09, 2014)

The Todd family, governed by their aged mother, are important people in Fordinghurst. When the younger brother, Heck, is found murdered in his boat at sea they do their best to hush up the scandal. They obstruct...


The White Cottage Mystery

by Margery Allingham Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

Classic Crime from the Golden Age. Margery Allingham is J.K. Rowling's favourite Golden Age author.

Eric Crowther collected secrets and used them as weapons. Delighting in nothing more than torturing those around...


The Soft Detective

by H. R. F. Keating Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

It's not often a Nobel Prize winner gets murdered... on your patch... very likely by a member of your own family.

DCI Phil Benholme has the reputation for being a little soft because he tries to see both sides...


Fen Country

by Edmund Crispin Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

Dandelions, hearing aids, a blood-stained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, and a truly poisonous letter... are just some of the unusual clues that Oxford don/detective Gervase Fen and his friend...


A Slightly Bitter Taste

by Harry Carmichael Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

On the night that Quinn of the Morning Post began his holiday, he strayed into a late party. When he got drunk, a girl called Carole made herself responsible for him. Next day, she took him off for a quiet weekend...


The Haunted House

by Hilaire Belloc Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Readers of "The Emerald of Catherine the Great" will not have to be told that Mr. Belloc's mystery stories are written with suavity and originality and an eye for piquant situations. This new mystery tale is...


The Lighthearted Quest

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

"When Julia undertakes to find her cousin, Colin Munro, last heard of sailing a yacht off the north coast of Africa, the quest seems lighthearted enough. But the search gets her involved with Moorish antique...


Why Aren't They Screaming?

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

April, 1986: American airplanes stationed in Britain attack Libya. Civilian casualties are heavy; world opinion is outraged.

University lecturer Loretta Lawson is staying in the country for a few days' rest....


The Malady in Madeira

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The last thing recently widowed Julia Probyn expects to find on the lush and charming island of Madeira is a clue to her husband's mysterious death, for Colonel Jamieson perished somewhere in the wilds of Central...


Vendetta

by Harry Carmichael Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

John Piper's diary for Saturday December 7th read: Fritz Haupmann. Call 2.30 re factory insurance cover with Cresset.

When Piper arrived at the house and saw his client lounging in an armchair listening to Mozart,...


Full Stop

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Loretta Lawson is already a little apprehensive about spending a hot, muggy weekend alone in New York City at her friend Toni's apartment. And it seems her fears are confirmed when she receives a series of mysterious...


Emergency in the Pyrenees

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In Julia Probyn's fifth adventure, first published in 1965, Julia moves to a remote French mountain village near the Spanish border, while her husband, a British Intelligence agent, is on a secret assignment....


The Quiet Woman

by Harry Carmichael Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The Quiet Woman begins when two people conspire to steal a fortune in cash. It ends in double murder. The payroll of the Jauncey Engineering plant is missing. According to the guard, found bound and gagged at...


The Portuguese Escape

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Miss Bridge takes us to Portugal; not only the well-known world of Estoril and the Embassies, but behind the scenes, into the life lived on country estates by the Portuguese themselves. Both aspects are seen...


The Bowman Touch

by Hartley Howard Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The girl in the black velvet gown looked to be very drunk - she also looked to be in plenty of trouble...

Bowman liked neither her type of escort not the way she was being manhandled into the sedan parked outside...


The Last Vanity

by Hartley Howard Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Edwin Newsome was pretty worried about his brother's health - so worried that he hired Glenn Bowman to work his way into Harold Newsome's household to do some unofficial sleuthing.

Harold was suffering from...


Zen there was Murder

by H. R. F. Keating Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

In a country mansion converted to adult educational courses, Mr Utamaro is lecturing on Zen Buddhism to a small and not entirely appreciative audience. But Zen questions and their seemingly quirkish answers...


What Will Survive

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

July 1997: Lebanon makes the British headlines when an Englishwoman dies in a landmine explosion near the town of Nabatiyeh.

The dead woman is Aisha, a former model with an Egyptian mother, visiting the Middle...


Confessional

by Anthony Masters Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

The extraordinary, demonic monument to Franco broods over the Valley of the Fallen, north of Madrid. Here, in the hallowed seclusion of the confessional box, Eduardo Tomas, Spain's Home Affairs Minister, is...


Death In The Forest

by Jeremy Potter Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

First published in 1977, Death in the Forest is a crime novel with an historical background. It is set in England in the years following the Norman conquest. To make his New Forest a hunting preserve, William...


The Jury

by Gerald Bullett Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

An unhappy wife is found dead in her bed, in circumstances that point to murder. Her husband, Roderick Strood, is arrested and put on trial. But before this happens we have become intimately acquainted not only...


The Numbered Account

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Julia Probyn, like most people, knew very little about anonymous numbered accounts in Swiss Banks. Until her cousin, Colin Munro, asked her to look into the matter of one containing a fortune, for his fiancée...


Bowman on Broadway

by Hartley Howard Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Pull up a chair and relax.

We'd like you to meet Glenn Bowman, one of the toughest-and smartest- private eyes in New York.

This time he's got himself involved in trying to keep alive the current heart-throb...


The Strong Man

by H. R. F. Keating Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

An independent island state in the North Atlantic has fallen under the sway of Rolph Mylchraine, a landowner who has gained ascendancy by stage-managing witchcraft orgies and purveying cheap liquor. Opposing...


Murder Must Appetize

by H. R. F. Keating Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

Is there anything in this troubled world quite as comforting as a good old-fashioned murder? H.R.F. Keating, doyen of modern detective writers, has little doubt that there's nothing like a corpse in a vicarage...


The Dog It Was That Died

by H. R. F. Keating Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

With this dazzling off-beat thriller, his fourth, which appeared in 1962, Mr. Keating had achieved his very top form. Who wanted him? What for? Why was Roger Farrar (if that was his name) on the run in Dublin?...


The Dangerous Islands

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Julia Probyn-an old friend of many readers-is sailing off the west coast of Scotland. On the desolate island of Erinish Beg, she and her cousin are startled to see a sky-blue pole rise up out of the ground at...


The Bad Detective

by H. R. F. Keating Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Jack Stallworthy is a bad detective just on the right side of corrupt. But now he's turning criminal...

Detective Sergeant Jack Stallworthy has been accepting backhanders for most of his career. And why not?...


Julia in Ireland

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

While on her last assignment with British Intelligence in Morocco, the widowed Julia Probyn Jamieson meets and is strongly attracted to an Irish country lawyer, Gerald O'Brien, who is travelling with friends...


The Man of Gold

by Evelyn Hervey Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

For a respectable governess like Harriet Unwin, her first few weeks in the shabby, inhospitable home of the Partingtons were as unhappy as any she could remember. The bone-chilling cold, the grim sparseness...


A Masculine Ending

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Loretta Lawson, a feminist professor visiting Paris to deliver a paper on the oppressive nature of masculine grammatical forms, stumbles across the murder of an Oxford don.

But when the body disappears, she returns...


The Long Night

by Hartley Howard Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

A Phone call for Bowman at two a.m.... A honeyed, velvet voice of invitation... A trip across town in the small hours...A grim discovery in a swanky apartment...

From these tense beginnings, Hartley Howard-past-master...


What Men Say

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

When a woman's decomposed body is found in the aging barn of Oxford don Bridget Bennett's estate, Loretta knows her friend Bridget's shock is genuine. Unfortunately, the local constabulary are not so sure. And...


Naked to the Grave

by Harry Carmichael Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

When insurance assessor John Piper calls at the Daveys' flat in Hampstead, he has no idea that his visit will turn out to be anything but an ordinary professional appointment. But it would seem that someone...


Bowman Strikes Again

by Hartley Howard Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

There was poison in the glass-and it was the detective in the case who drank it! But for the attentions of a conscientious drug-store attendant there would have been one dark handsome stranger the less to spend...


The Episode At Toledo

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

"An intricate story of international counterespionage; an adventure tale which carries one breathless through its ramifications; a romance with a happy ending." - Kirkus

In the beautiful countryside of Portugal,...


Thief

by Rupert Croft-Cooke Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

'If they've got any sense they'll leave the boy with Alicia Robbins.'But they didn't.They (the Juvenile Court, that is) took Gerry Lovell away from the old spinster who had taken him in ad cared for him so passionately...


The Glimpses of the Moon

by Edmund Crispin Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

A week after the supposed murderer is convicted, an elderly man gives him an alibiÂ? and the person who this is revealed to is none other than Gervase Fen, someone who will never be satiated by the obvious......


Don't Leave Me This Way

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Loretta Lawson is not overjoyed when an old acquaintance, Sandra, turns up knocking on Loretta's doorstep on Christmas Eve. After a week of wrecking havock on Loretta's content, quiet life, Sandra suddenly disappears....


The Man Who Made Gold

by Hilaire Belloc Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Professor Charles Lexington led a placid and uneventful life until he made the mistake of discovering a way by which lead could be turned into gold. A Mr. Bowry volunteered to help the Professor capitalize the...


An Oxford Tragedy

by J.C. Masterman Bloomsbury Publishing (June 17, 2014)

Francis Wheatley Winn, Senior Tutor at St Thomas' s College, is ready for a cosy night of dining, port, and pleasant company. Ernst Brendel , Viennese lawyer and crime specialist, has come to Oxford to lecture...


Somebody at the Door

by Raymond Postgate Bloomsbury Publishing (June 17, 2014)

One bleak Friday evening in January, 1942, Councillor Henry Grayling boards an overcrowded train with £120 in cash – wages to be paid out the next day to the workers of Barrow and Furness Chemistry and Drugs...


The Case of the Four Friends

by J.C. Masterman Bloomsbury Publishing (June 13, 2014)

Late at night in the Senior Common Room of St Thomas's College, Ernst Brendel is persuaded by his companions to relate a tale of murder, blackmail, and corruption. A wager is made, half a crown to the first...