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WALKING INTO MURDER (The Professor Laura Morland Mystery Series)

Who would believe that an innocent walking trip in the English Cotswolds would include not just one murder but three, and even more hair-raising adventures? The intrepid American heroine of WALKING INTO MURDER, professor Laura Morland, would have scoffed at the idea. All she wanted was a few days of peace to recover from a humiliating (if not entirely unwelcome) divorce and a chance to test her new independence. That she certainly does; peace is another matter.

WALKING INTO MURDER is a light-hearted mystery with a delightful setting, an intriguing plot and distinctive characters headed by Laura Morland, a wonderfully appealing new amateur detective. It is part traditional English mystery, part middle-aged female sleuth of independent spirit who solves mysteries that confound the experts, part primer on the the battle between the sexes since Laura is an expert on gender, part rousing adventure. Laura is hardly Miss Marple - she is younger, more active, attractive, even romantically inclined, but the settings and characters are very British indeed.

It's a wonderful read: spine-tingling escapes and confrontations on deserted moors contrast with peaceful interludes in England's quaintest villages and most verdant countryside - and with some near-comic scenes of Laura's inept but ultimately successful efforts to track down the villains even as she eludes their clutches. Mask-making, amateur theatrics, underground tunnels and an escape from a boarded-up cottage are all part of the action.



The adventure begins when Laura is invited to teach a seminar on gender issues in London. First she decides to embark on a solo walking trip on the Cotswold Way. The walk soon takes stormy turns. A man plummets out of the thick mist, hauls her into an embrace and begs her to masquerade as his wife. Escorted at gunpoint by an aristocratic Englishman to an ancient manor house, she is confronted by a roomful of eccentrics, any of whom could be the killer of the body she finds in a bedroom - a body that perversely keeps changing its identity. In fact, everyone in in this bizarre household seems to have multiple identities and multiple motivations, making it exceedingly difficult to determine who is telling the truth and even harder to ascertain who is on Laura's side.

Curiosity is Laura's dominant trait and she delves into the mystery with possibly unwise abandon. She is determined to unmask the murderer - and to get the best of her alternately charming and irritating would-be husband, to whom she is undeniably attracted. She soon discovers that her fund of scholarly knowledge about male/female relationships is of little help in dealing with a man who refuses to answer her questions, appears to be having a steamy affair with the titled Lady of the house, and who increasingly seems the most likely candidate for murderer. Complicating matters further is his fraught relationship with Laura's able assistant in crime-detection, a fiery, free-spirited runaway who lives in the woods.

As Laura probes deeper, the efforts of the villains to silence her become more frantic and her strategies to evade them more ingenious. With total disregard for the escalating danger, she vows to outwit them all. And she does. In a final dramatic - and totally unexpected - scene, she zeroes in on the killer, or it might be more accurate to say the murderer zeroes in on her.

Joan Dahr Lambert is the author of CIRCLES OF STONE, a prehistoric novel told through the eyes of three women who became leaders of their tribes, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1997 & 1999. Lambert has written two other prehistoric novels, a novel about wolves for children and a novella, as well as the first two books in the Laura Morland series. The second, BABES IN THE BATHS, will be out soon. Like may published authors, she has decided to try self-publishing. All of her books will soon appear on Kindle and on other on-line venues.

Sherlock Holmes Never Dies - Collection Four (Second Edition): Four New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries

SAVE 40% WHEN YOU BUY THE COLLECTION. Collection Four includes the following stories: The Silver Horse, Braised, The Box of Cards, The Yellow Farce, and The Three Rhodes Not Taken. All are original Sherlock Holmes mystery stories that are inspired by and tributes to the parallel stories in the original Canon. Save money and enjoy more of them.

Ethan Justice: Origins: Volume 1 (Ethan Justice Books)

In the morning, he's struggling to remember. By the evening, he's struggling to survive. John Smith's risk avoidance policy just expired! Waking up beside the gorgeous Savannah Jones, John is shocked to learn she was for hire, and he can't pay the price - a thousand pounds or broken legs. In desperation, he turns to best friend, Mark, for the money. Only one problem - Mark has a dagger in his back. John and Savannah are plunged into a dangerous world where wits and adrenaline are their only weapons and trust in each other their only certainty. As the body count mounts, they discover Mark wasn't the person John thought, and his terrifying invention may well end up killing thousands, John and Savannah included. A race to recover the missing invention pits the unlikely pairing against ex-SAS psychopath, Gregory Fisher, a man who will stop at nothing and kill anyone in his way to wreak revenge against the Government who stole his livelihood. When Smith and Jones team up, the result is explosive. Ethan Justice: Origins is a fast-paced, action-packed, character-driven thriller, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, cringe, cry and cheer. "This book contains a few violent scenes, a dash of sex and the odd bit of bad language, so please don't buy it if you are easily offended."

The Murder Diaries - Seven Times Over

A Preacher is run down on the by-pass, a Right Reverend falls under the London Express; a fisherman drowns in the canal. Accident suicide, or murder? Inspector Walter Darriteau of Chester police doesn't believe in coincidences. His doubts are confirmed with another killing. Maggie O'Brien on a bench in the forest, dew dripping from her nose, a cobweb from her hat to the bench, death by carbon monoxide poisoning, yet no car in the damp car park. There's a killer at large, a random killer, a serial killer, a ruthless killer who'll stop at nothing. Why? What's the purpose behind these unrelated deaths? It's a race against time; he or she must be stopped before they kill again. The Murder Diaries is set in the City of Chester. Darriteau is an adopted Cestrian, he's nearing retirement, and his oppo Sergeant Karen Greenwood covets his job. Walter isn't ready to end things on a sour note. He knows this case will define his career. He determines to trap the killer, putting his own life on the line.

The Annam Jewel

Early mystery reprint in lovely protected jacket.

The Late Tenant

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

The Bluebell Informant (DS Evelyn Giles: Crime and Thriller 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...'

Death’s Door (short story)

A new short story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalkers, with an exclusive first look at the newest book, Kiss of Death!Obsession makes the heart grow fonder . . .

When a stalking case lands on DS 'Heck' Heckenburg's desk it seems pretty straightforward.

But when Heck discovers that the victim lives in the same house that a young woman was brutally murdered in six years earlier, instinct tells him that it's not so simple after all.

Before long Heck is entangled in something far more dangerous than he had expected. In a race against the clock, can Heck and Gemma stop history from repeating itself - or will they end up getting caught in the crossfire?

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with a heart pounding short story that fans of M.J. Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won't be able to put down.