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The Spy of Venice: William Shakespeare #1

The Spy of Venice: William Shakespeare #1

Benet Brandreth

$19.99
Swords and seduction, treachery and murder: introducing an inimitable new hero - William Shakespeare.

When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune.

Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players - but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith. England's very survival hangs in the balance, and Will finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy.

Dazzled by the city's masques - and its beauties - Will little realises the peril in which he finds himself. Catholic assassins would stop at nothing to end his mission on the point of their sharpened knives, and lurking in the shadows is a killer as clever as he is cruel.

Suspenseful, seductive and as sharp as an assassin's blade, The Spy of Venice introduces a major new literary talent.
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Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong: Mrs Jeffries #35

Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong: Mrs Jeffries #35

Emily Brightwell

$29.95
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Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian Mytery series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. Thomas Mundy checks in to London's Wrexley Hotel, but he never checks out. The maid finds him on the floor of his room, bludgeoned to death by his own walking stick. Inspector Witherspoon is soon on the case and learns Mundy had a reputation for being polite, charming, and diligent - an unlikely victim for such a violent crime. But Mrs. Jeffries and the household staff uncover that Mundy was less an amiable businessman and more a duplicitous con man with enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Now Witherspoon and his staff must determine who on their lengthy list of suspects had the motive to put Mundy in the red.
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Drinking Gourd: Benjamin January #14

Drinking Gourd: Benjamin January #14

Barbara Hambly

$29.95
Benjamin January must uncover a killer to protect a secret... Benjamin January is called up to Vicksburg, deep in cotton-plantation country, to help a wounded conductor of the Underground Railroad - the secret network of safe-houses that guide escaping slaves to freedom. When the chief conductor of the station is found murdered, Jubal Cain - the coordinator of the whole Railroad system in Mississippi - is accused of the crime. Since Cain can't expose the nature of his involvement in the railroad, January has to step in and find the true killer, before their covers are blown. As January probes into the murky labyrinth of slaves, slave-holders, the fugitives who follow the drinking gourd north to freedom and those who help them on their way, he discovers that there is more to the situation than meets the eye, and that sometimes there are no easy answers.
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An Echo of Murder: William Monk #23

An Echo of Murder: William Monk #23

Anne Perry

$49.99
London, 1870: The body of a Hungarian immigrant is found dead in what appears to be a ritualistic killing, with a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and his body surrounded by seventeen blood-dipped candles. At first, Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police suspects the killer is from within the community, but when another murder takes place, Monk fears the immigrants are being targeted by an outsider... Meanwhile, Hester is reunited with a doctor who had been left for dead on a Crimean battlefield. Traumatised by his experiences, Fitz has made his way home via Hungary and is now living in the community. Hester is determined to help him and, when he is accused of the killings, she sets out to prove his innocence...
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Murder on the Serpentine: Thomas Pitt #32

Murder on the Serpentine: Thomas Pitt #32

Anne Perry

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Pitt is on a secret mission for the Queen, maybe his last... London, 1899: Head of Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt is summoned to Buckingham Palace. In the twilight of her years, Queen Victoria is all too aware that the Prince of Wales will soon inherit her empire and must be beyond reproach. She tells Pitt she tasked her close friend and confidante, John Halberd, with investigating the Prince's friends, specifically Alan Kendrick, a wealthy playboy and betting man, but before he could report back, Halberd was found dead in a rowing boat on the Serpentine. The death has been ruled an unfortunate accident and the investigation closed, but the Queen is not convinced that all is as it seems and tasks Pitt with finding the truth. Forced to act alone in this most sensitive of investigations, Pitt finds himself embroiled in a plot that threatens not only the reputations of men, but also the safety and reputation of the Empire...
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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Moonstone's Curse

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Moonstone's Curse

Sam Siciliano

$16.99
The aristocratic Charles Bromley arrives at 221B Baker Street to beg the great detective for his help. Bromley believes that his wife is in danger, as she has refused an offer to sell the Moonstone, a fabulous diamond that has been in her family for generations, but which is said to be cursed. When a jeweller is found murdered, it seems as if the Moonstone deserves its reputation. Then the diamond is stolen, and Holmes and Vernier must try to unravel a mystery centuries in the making.
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A True and Faithful Brother: Frances Doughty #7

A True and Faithful Brother: Frances Doughty #7

Linda Stratmann

$24.99
London 1882: When a wealthy philanthropist disappears from a locked and guarded room, Frances Doughty is reluctantly drawn into a case that tears the veil of mystery from her own past. Can London's very own Lady Detective solve this sinister new case before a murderer catches up with her and she becomes the next victim?
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The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London

Andrew Taylor

$19.99
London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul's, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man's body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city. But at a time of dangerous internal dissent and the threat of foreign invasion, Marwood finds his investigation leads him into treacherous waters - and across the path of a determined, beautiful and vengeful young woman.
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A Purely Private Matter: Rosalind Thorne #2

A Purely Private Matter: Rosalind Thorne #2

Darcie Wilde

$24.99
Desperate Margaretta Seymore is with child - and her husband is receiving poisoned pen letters which imply that her condition is the result of an affair with the notorious actor Fletcher Cavendish. Margaretta asks the sleuthing Rosalind Thorne to find out who is behind the scurrilous letters. But before she can make any progress, Cavendish is found dead, stabbed through the heart. Suddenly, Rosalind is plunged into the middle of one of the most sensational murder trials London has ever seen...
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