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A Great Deliverance
by Elizabeth George Details
Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, a frightened Yorkshire villager smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey while hiding from Cromwell's raiders. Now Lynley and Havers are sent to Kendale to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside.
At Bertram's Hotel
by Agatha Christie Details
Miss Jane Marple has checked into Bertram's Hotel in London for a much-needed vacation. The last thing she expects is that this elegant establishment, known for its service and old-world charm, could be embroiled in scandal. But after a series of strange events-including the disappearance of a fellow guest, the arrival of a notorious celebrity bad boy, and finally, a shocking murder-she finds herself drawn into a multifaceted mystery.
Case Histories
by Kate Atkinson Details
Case One: Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. Case Two: Theo delights in his daughter Laura's wit, beauty, and selfless love. But her first day as an associate in his law firm is also the day when Theo's world turns upside down. Case Three: Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making, with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband -- until a fit of rage creates a grisly escape route. As Private Detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections emerge. Inextricably caught up in his clients' emotions, Jackson finds their unshakable need for resolution very much like his own.
Cold Is the Grave
by Peter Robinson Details
Chief Constable Riddle asks Chief Inspector Alan Banks to quietly find his runaway teenage daughter, who has appeared on an Internet pornography site. Banks returns with Emily Riddle, but she experiences more trouble at home in Yorkshire, England. Strong language and some violence.
Cover Her Face
by P.D. James Details
Mrs. Maxie's new maid Sally Jupp walks about the house with the triumphantly smug smile of one who has a secret. When she is murdered, it is up to Dalgliesh to discover what lay behind the smile.
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Adam Dalgliesh
Maisie Dobbs: A Novel
by Jacqueline Winspear Details
Private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.
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Maisie Dobbs
The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde Details
In an alternate 1985 England, literature is a mass obsession, time travel is commonplace, and literary characters can be killed. When Jane Eyre is kidnapped, literary detective Thursday Next vows to rescue her. But Thursday may find herself trapped forever inside the pages of the classic novel from which Jane has been abducted.
The Man with a Load of Mischief
by Martha Grimes Details
During the Christmas holidays, two strangers are found murdered in two local pubs of a quaint English village. The affable, pragmatic Inspector Richard Jury is dispatched to investigate the murders and encounters a host of possible suspects, all with skeletons in their respective closets.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley Details
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.
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Flavia De Luce
To Shield the Queen: A Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court
by Fiona Buckley Details
As a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, widow Ursula Blanchard is sent to nurse the ailing wife of a courtier. When her patient is murdered, Ursula uncovers a treasonous plot against Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Ursula falls in love and marries a Frenchman.
Updated 07/06/2012
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