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The Bluebell Informant (DS Evelyn Giles Series Book 1)

How do you catch a killer who is already dead?

One year ago, the Bluebell Killer killed his last victim. He was shot and killed, leaving behind a legacy of twenty corpses and a name that people will fear for years to come...

A year later, a man is shot in the back of the head and left in a field of bluebells.

Is it a mugging gone wrong? A copycat killer? Or is the Bluebell Killer still out there, waiting to pounce on his next victim?

For DS Evelyn Giles the solution is simple - it's just another dirty politician caught committing an unforgiveable crime. But with the evidence stacking up against him, Giles' suspect has one more surprise in store for her...

And his words will throw everything she knows into question...

'It's not over yet.'

The past is coming back to haunt DS Giles. She's already sacrificed much for the lie. The only question is how much more will she suffer for the truth?

An ingeniously, gripping thriller, The Bluebell Informant is a dark, unexpected and emotionally charged debut.

Nick on The Bluebell Informant:

'DS Giles is a strong female protagonist pitted against an extreme right-wing and corrupt politician who doesn't take kindly to having his life resting in the hands of an asian detective. But with the suspicion of murdering a man near an old World War Two pillbox hanging over his head, he doesn't have much of a choice but to trust her. Set in the peaceful countryside of Edenbridge and the bustling streets of London, sparks will fly when the two have to work together in order to uncover a web of police corruption, dodgy dealings and gangster politics...'

The Curved Blades : A Fleming Stone Mystery

When wealthy heiress Lucy Carrington is found murdered in the bedroom of her Long Island estate, suspects abound: the rich woman's pretty niece, the social secretary, the cousin who managed her finances, the suspicious maid, a mysterious "count" and even the strange neighbor. With police baffled, master criminologist Fleming Stone is called in. But in a romantic twist, the great detective loses his heart to the primary suspect. Will she reciprocate? Will he get too close to her to solve the mystery of... The Curved Blades ... Curl up with this classic cozy whodunit from Carolyn Wells, author of The Clue.

Devil's Kitchen: An Inspector Drake Prequel Novella

A tragic accident?

When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it's believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed a suicide. But something doesn't feel right to DI Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.



Or murder on a mountain?

Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple and why? This might be Drake's first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing - every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace.

What Went Wrong With Mrs Milliard's Mech?: An Inspector Ambrose Story. (Inspector Ambrose Mysteries Book 1)

If you're a fan of detective stories, look no further! I H Laking's debut novella will wrap you up in the new world of the Empire.

Mrs Milliard is on the verge of financial ruin. With a business deal about to expire unless her mechanical baker remembers his secret recipe, Mrs Milliard turns to Inspector Ambrose for help. But as Ambrose soon discovers, no one in Mrs Milliard's neighbourhood is ready to talk.

Will Inspector Ambrose uncover the truth before Mrs Milliard's midnight deadline? Can he solve a mystery that seems impossible on first inspection? The culprit is closer than it seems, and time is running out.

Join Inspector Ambrose and help him solve the mystery of Mrs Milliard's Mech today!

Ice Blue: Volume 1 (Lord & Lady Hetheridge)

"What made this ebook such pleasurable reading was not the murder or even the Police procedure, but the rather wonderful cast of characters that the author, Emma Jameson, has created to populate her world. In the space of about 184 pages, Emma has managed to give us a whole collection of individuals, each very nicely rounded out and real. Even very minor players - such as the tall PC who finds the pistol seems to be alive and obviously has a life outside the book." -- Tony Cole, eBookanoid.com *** Anthony Hetheridge, ninth Baron of Wellegrave, Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, never married, no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice, will turn sixty in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield - beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age. When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control. Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

Lost Cause: A Daisy Dunlop Mystery, Book 1

Daisy Dunlop thinks "heir hunting" is a perfect career. Too bad she has to work with her husband's best mate, Irish PI Solomon Liffey. They've barely spoken since he took her husband Paul's request to keep her safe far too literally and handcuffed her to the kitchen sink.

Solomon has no interest in babysitting a new partner, especially this one. The woman's a bleedin' liability. She has no concept of danger and could flirt for England at the next Olympics. As if that isn't bad enough, she has a habit of sticking her nose where it's not wanted, including into Solomon's very private life.

Determined to keep Daisy safely out of his way, Solomon sets her the task of finding a missing lord. Her investigations land her in the middle of his case. Bullets fly, bombs explode, and the body count rises. When Solomon goes missing, the tables are turned. Now it's his life that is in Daisy's hands, and she has two missing men to find before it's too late.

Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle: Volume 1 (Chef Maurice Mysteries)

"They say one should never trust a thin chef. By this measure, Chef Maurice was very trustworthy indeed." ----- Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings galore ...----- It's autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion. Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery-he's missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village. Soon, Chef Maurice is up to his nose in some seriously rotten business-complete with threatening notes, a pignapping, and an extremely well-catered stake-out. Can he solve Ollie's murder before his home-made investigation brings the killer out for second helpings?

Fiagara Nights (The Midthorpe Mysteries Book 1)

A comic mystery of unruly behaviour, nouveau riche snobbery, and third-age decadence, complete with dodgy pills and murder.

When successful crime and thriller writer, Raymond Baldock returns to Midthorpe, the scum council estate where he was born and brought up, he is hell bent on wielding his wealth and influence over everyone for the few days that he is there.

But he has reckoned without romance in the shape of the lovely Lisa. Then there is the mystery of the wheels stolen from his car. And after his demure, divorced mother poisons her boyfriend and is arrested on a charge of attempted murder, Raymond must turn detective to unravel the mystery... and get his wheels back.

Missing persons, stolen wheels, fake pills, a dead body, a middle-aged mother determined to embarrass her son and flaunt her new-found zest for life and love, spell out a recipe for comic mayhem in this, the first Midthorpe Mystery.

"It's been a long time since I have a read a book that made me laugh out loud. Love the characters in this series and I can't wait for the next book." Denise Toten Bates

"A nice, light read, with some interesting characters that I want to meet again." Maureen Vincent-Northam - editor

Northanger Abbey: free sampler

A sample of queen of crime, Val McDermid's modern re-telling of the Austen classic. Get ready for a very different Northanger Abbey.

Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry.

Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat's imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts...and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic?

But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within...

Hilda Hopkins, Murder, She Knit (Hilda Hopkins, Machine Knitting Serial Killer Book 1)

A fast paced crime thriller with a twist, then pearl, then loop two and drop. Hilda Hopkins, the machine knitting murderess is on the run! Slipping mickey finns and strangling her gentleman guests with a knitted garrotte, Hilda has been bounced by the local 'Sweeney'. Her knitted dolls of each victim the most damning of evidence. Can she escape the long arm of the law before Scotland Yarn, er... Scotland Yard's finest find their fiend?

Sherlock Holmes Investigates. The Case of Lady Chatterley's Voodoo Dolls

In this 10,000 word story Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate a theft and find a threat to the British Empire and Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

They travel by horseless carriage from Winchester to the New Forest and beyond, with Dr Watson at the helm.

In the course of this adventure they piece together the links between a Christian missionary, an exotic bird, an African Witchdoctor, Lady Violet Chatterley, an evil Lascar, a pair of Voodoo Dolls, and danger to the person of Her Majesty.

With determination, logic, and scientific knowledge they follow the trail to thwart a shocking disaster.

Harrowing

October 1952: England's worst train crash stuns Britain. 112 people were killed and 340 injured when the sleeping-car express from Perth ploughed into the London bound commuter service standing at Harrow & Wealdstone station. Within seconds, a northbound express smashed into the wreckage. The Ministry of Transport's investigation into the crash posthumously blamed the experienced crew of the Perth express. But why several danger signals were passed remains unanswered. What went so dreadfully wrong on the footplate of the Perth express? Lorna survived the carnage, but seven years on she still suffers terrible nightmares and daytime traumas. She hopes DI Crosier, of Crewe's Railway Police, will know something to help her come to terms with her terrors and the tragic loss of her sister, brother and niece. Crosier's investigation of British Railways' first serial killer, leads him to suspect that he is linked to the Harrow and Wealdstone crash. His daughter is targeted by the killer, and his wife's refusal to move to Crewe, only add to Crosier's problems, and his love life.

The Wave at Hanging Rock

A Questionable Hero

He was a ruthless yardie, so why did he save the life of a policewoman? Liston Pearce is a gangster, a drug-dealing gang-boss. In a split-second decision he starts a series of life-changing events that he could not have foreseen even in his wildest imagination. This crime thriller is set in The St.Paul's area of The City of Bristol in 1989 a few years after the Bristol riots. With an exciting twisting plot Pearce battles, which path to take? Contains Strong Language.

Jack of All Trades: Volume 1

A standalone novel in the Jack of All Trades crime series (#1). It seems a dream job for Jack, a small builder in Forest Gate, when he gets the contract to repair the summerhouse of a millionaire couple in Chigwell. The two months' work will pay his debts, and give him space to sort out his personal demons. Except the couple are at war, both having affairs, their marriage beyond salvage. The husband fires Jack, she takes him back on - and suddenly he is too involved with their scheming. Complicated further when he falls for her secretary. And when there's a murder, using his tools as the weapon, Jack is prime suspect.

Hunters

First in series of 6. Stain on front cover and wear to edges of jacket.

Redemption: an Inspector Gilles Maintenon mystery

Recently widowed and inspired by a boyhood fascination with Sherlock Holmes, the middle-aged Inspector Gilles Maintenon of the Surete is on a walking vacation of Dartmoor when he stumbles upon death in mysterious circumstances. When the woman he is falling in love with is brutally murdered, Gilles swears that he will never rest until the case is solved, the killer is caught, and justice is done.

Chasing Paper

Altered Life

"I wish I could say that the first time I met Rory Brand I knew he was a dead man walking. But I can't..." Private Investigator Sam Dyke is hired by Rory Brand to find out what's happening to his business. He knows that someone is trying to steal it from him. He thinks it's someone close to him. Very close. Sam won't get involved because no crime has been committed. But that changes when Brand is found dead in his office, with a taunting clue left on his computer screen. Now Sam is determined to find out who killed Brand, and makes a discovery that takes him back twenty years into his own past. And into a secret that had been kept from him by the prime suspect for Brand's murder ... In the first of a series of books featuring Sam Dyke, Altered Life transplants the attitude and pace of the American private eye story into a contemporary English setting.

Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife: Volume 1 (A Paul Manziuk and Jacquie Ryan Mystery)

A muggy July weekend in Toronto. A house party with a disparate assortment of guests. A t....

Hue and Cry (UK HB ca 1927)

THE BLACK CABINET.