Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac

Towards the end of WWII, landowner Colonel St Cyres grants the tenancy of Little Thatch to invalided serviceman Nicholas Vaughan. Vaughan immediately sets out to restore the neglected farm, which includes a derelict thatched cottage. A reserved, somewhat aloof man who wants only to work and make his living off the land, Vaughan is well …

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With A Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare

With a war on everyone must do their part, and barrister Francis Pettigrew is no exception. As the legal advisor to the Ministry of Pin Control, Pettigrew is sent to Marsett Bay, “somewhere on the Polar Circuit”, where he takes up residence at Fernlea Residential Club. His “brother or sister pin controllers” in residence are …

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Made Up To Kill by Kelley Roos

Opening night of the production "Green Apples", and Haila Rogers is set play a supporting roll, her roommate Carol Blanton was set to play the ingénue lead, but has suddenly come down with laryngitis and won't be able to go on. Alice MacDonald, her “fanatically ambitious” understudy, “has no gifts to offer the theater” is …

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Death on the Aisle by Francis and Richard Lockridge

Lieutenant William Weigand is about to take off and marry Dorian Hunt. Unfortunately, before he can even start the car, he receives a message to investigate the discovery of a dead man in the West 45th Street Theatre, and that Mr. and Mrs. North are on hand. When Weigand arrives, with Dorian in tow, he …

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Fell Murder by E. R. C. Lorac

Elderly farmer Robert Garth is “a hard man and a stubborn man, a man moreover who set his face against reform and change”. While respected throughout rural Lunesdale for his abilities and hard work, he is not loved, or even liked. Over the years he fought with many, and could “be a bitter enemy…”. When …

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Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare

From the 12thcentury the Courts of Assize, commonly known as the Assizes, dispensed justice to provincial towns throughout Britain. Presided over by visiting judges from the higher courts based in London, the Assizes were held twice-yearly in the main county towns. Under normal conditions the court moves from town to town (known as the circuit) …

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