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The Barchester Murders

The Barchester Murders

G. M. Best

$18.99

Anthony Trollope finds the beautiful city of Barchester idyllic on visiting it for the first time. This idyll is, however, soon shattered when the body of Thomas Rider is discovered in the almshouses known as Hiram's Hospital.

Trollope soon uncovers the existence of a long-hidden secret which has the power to destroy the reputation of the Reverend Septimus Harding, the Warden of Hiram's Hospital, and his-son-in-law, Dr Theophilus Grantley, the Dean of the Cathedral and next in line for the position of Bishop of Barchester. A number of the old bedesmen at Hiram's Hospital would do anything for the Warden, and his daughters, Eleanor and Susan, have every reason to want the secret kept. It is also possible that family friend and Eleanor's admirer, John Bold, may have had a hand in the crime.  With so many suspects, the local police officer is at a loss as to how to solve the case. The murderer soon strikes again and it falls to Anthony Trollope to unpick the mystery. 

This book does not require you to have read Anthony Trollope's classic works, but those who love his novels will enjoy meeting their key characters again.
The Hot Country: Christopher Marlowe Cobb #1

The Hot Country: Christopher Marlowe Cobb #1

Robert Olen Butler

$17.99

Christopher Marlowe Cobb ('Kit'), the swashbuckling American newspaper war correspondent travels to Mexico in 1914, during that country's civil war, and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal (The Jackal). Covering the war in enemy territory and in the sweltering heat, Cobb falls in love with Luisa, a young Mexican laundress, who is not as innocent as she seems. One day Kit witnesses a priest being shot, but the bullet ricochets off the cross he wears around his neck and leaves him unharmed. Cobb sets out to investigate the sniper.
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Promise

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Promise

David Stuart Davies

$14.99

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are holidaying on the English coast when they discover a mysterious corpse on the beach. Then they are viciously attacked, and when Watson comes to, he discovers that months have passed, and Holmes is not the man he remembers. What has happened to his friend? Does it have something to do with the legend of a devil worshiper, who seeks only to raise his master?
Candle Flame: Brother Athelstan #13

Candle Flame: Brother Athelstan #13

Paul Doherty

$26.95

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February, 1381.  London lies frozen in the grip of one of the bitterest winters on record. The ever-rising taxes demanded by the Regent, John of Gaunt, are causing increasing resentment among the city's poor.

When the seething unrest boils over into a bloody massacre at a splendid Southwark tavern, The Candle Flame, in which nine people, including  Gaunt's tax collectors, their military escort and the prostitutes entertaining them, are brutally murdered, the furious Regent orders Brother Athelstan to get to the bottom of the matter.  For not only has Gaunt's treasure trove been stolen, he has reason to believe a French spy is active along the Thames, carefully recording for his masters in the Louvre the state of English war cogs.  And a professional assassin, Beowulf, who has sworn vengeance against Gaunt and his minions, also stalks the shadows.

Once again, Athelstan must enter the murky world of murder, where the darkness constantly shifts and no one is who or what they seem.
Why Kings Confess: Sebastian St Cyr #9

Why Kings Confess: Sebastian St Cyr #9

C S Harris

$14.95

Regency England, January 1813: The mutilated body of a young French doctor found in an alley beside a mysterious, badly injured woman entangles Sebastian in the deadly riddle of the Lost Dauphin, the boy prince who disappeared during the darkest days of the French Revolution. Thrust into dangerous conflict with the Dauphin's sister - the imperious, ruthless daughter of Marie Antoinette - Sebastian finds his self-control shattered when he recognizes the injured woman as Alexi Sauvage, a figure from his own past associated with an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him. With the murderer striking ever closer, Sebastian fears for the lives of his pregnant wife, Hero, and their soon-to-be-born child. And when he realizes the key to their survival may lie in the hands of an old enemy, he must finally face the truth about his own guilt in an incident he has found too terrible to consider...
The Curse of the House of Foskett: Casebook of Sidney Grice #2

The Curse of the House of Foskett: Casebook of Sidney Grice #2

M. R. C. Kasasian

$17.99

125 Gower Street, 1882: Sidney Grice once had a reputation as London's most perspicacious personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent men to the gallows, business has been light.

Listless and depressed, Grice has taken to lying in the bath for hours, emerging in the evenings for a little dry toast and a lot of tea. Usually a voracious reader, he will pick up neither book nor newspaper. He has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. His ward, March Middleton, has been left to dine alone. Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor.

Finally Sidney and March have an investigation to mount - an investigation that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett...
The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Andrew Taylor

$19.99

Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine.

Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave.

And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Selected as Historical Novel of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and picked as one of Radio 4's Crime Books of the Year.
           
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