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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Give The Devil His Due by Sulari Gentill

Sydney Australia, 1931: Rowland (Rowly) Sinclair is set to race his yellow Mercedes at Maroubra Speedway as a part of a Red Cross benefit. When journalist Crispin White arrives to interview him, Rowly, unaware that his friend Milt and White have a contentious history, invites him to stay for dinner. A few too many drinks …

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Death Has Deep Roots by Michael Gilbert introduction by Martin Edwards

For years after the war Victoria Lamartine sought Major Eric Thoseby, whom she had known while both worked as part of the French Resistance. Now she stands accused of his murder. Means – he was stabbed through the heart using a technique employed by members of the Resistance, and the knife carries her prints. Motive …

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Dark Queen Rising By Paul Doherty

Edward, Duke of York, has imprisoned Henry VI and crowned himself King Edward IV. The final battle of the Wars of the Roses has ended. The House of Lancaster has been defeated with 14-year-old Henry Tudor now the only Lancastrian with a claim to the throne. His mother, Margaret of Beaufort, Countess of Richmond is …

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The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories – Edited by Martin Edwards

This is the twelfth British Library Crime Classics anthology published, and the third collection set in winter. More specifically, this collection of short stories all occur around, or reference the Christmas season. Eleven tales involving murder, theft, and even a Christmas ghost!  This is a great collection of stories, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Edward Martin’s …

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