A Surfeit of Suspects by George Bellairs

Excelsior Joinery is a company in decline in a decaying section of Evingden, Surry. When an explosion destroys the offices of the company, and kills three of it’s five directors, Scotland Yard Superintendent Littlejohn and Inspector Cromwell are brought in to investigate.  Every line of enquiry seems to turns up a new motive. With one …

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The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs

“James Teasdale had been knocked from pillar to post by his wife and her family; dogged by ill-luck in business. A no-good bum, his father-in-law called him. Then, he found a bit of peace with Martha Gomm and some respite from his creditors and his extravagant family in a job with the Scott-Harris clan couldn’t …

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The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

Professor Alfred Wragby, a scientist whose research has yielded a new discovery, is spending the Christmas holidays at the Guest House in rural England. Nigel Strangeways has been assigned to keep an eye on Wragby and his family. And when the professor’s young daughter is kidnapped, Nigel finds himself not only trying to find her, …

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A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

Duncan Kincaid, Gemma James, and their family have been invited to spend a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds at the family home of Melody Talbot (Gemma’s DS). When Duncan is involved in a deadly car crash that isn’t all that it seems, and another mysterious death follows, Duncan and Gemma find themselves pulled into the …

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Rat Race by Dick Francis

Matt Shore is an experienced pilot, but he has gone from commercial airline pilot to now flying high class gamblers to race courses. His most recent flight ends with his plane exploding. When further incidents occur that appear to target him, Matt must discover who is behind it…and why.  This is the second time I’ve …

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