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As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust

When a mummified body falls out of a chimney on Flavia de Luce’s first night at her new school, life at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy suddenly takes an interesting turn.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Linda Wilson

Closer Than You Think

Faith Frye is driving over to the old house that she has recently inherited from her grandmother, when a young woman appears in the road. Faith swerves and crashes her car.  She survives the accident but appears to have stumbled upon a horrendous mystery which leaves her in mortal danger.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Happiness Is Easy

A misunderstanding transforms a kidnapping into an opportunity for the intended target, but extreme danger for a totally innocent party.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Helsinki Noir

Under the surface of a peaceful Finnish social democracy lie some disturbing undercurrents, tales of society’s most damaged, in this dark collection of short stories.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Kitty Peck and The Child of Ill Fortune

Kitty Peck is the reluctant heiress to Paradise, the criminal East End empire of her grandmother Lady Ginger. She is reunited with her estranged brother in Paris, and is persuaded to take a child back to London – but it is soon clear someone is determined to kill the little boy.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by John Cleal

North of Boston

Pirio Kasparov is rescued from the shipwreck of her friend Ned’s lobster boat. It is written off as a hit-and-run accident, but Pirio is not convinced and decides to investigate for herself. 

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

One Boy Missing

Detective Sergeant Bart Moy returns to his fading outback home town after the accidental death of his son and becomes involved with a child abduction and murder investigation while trying to work out his own problems.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by John Cleal

Silver Bullets

Mexican detective Edgar ‘Lefty’ Mendieta investigates a murder – there are plenty of suspects, but the use of a silver bullet is something new.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Boy That Never Was

Three-year-old Dillon was lost when an apartment block in Tangier was swallowed up by an earthquake, so when Harry thinks he sees his son on the streets of Dublin five years later, he’s elated. But will anyone believe him?

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Quick

When Charlotte Norbury travels to London to find her younger brother who has disappeared, she finds herself involved with a mysterious vampire society.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by John Cleal

The Secret Baby Room

Soon after Claire and her husband move to Manchester, she sees a woman and a baby in a derelict tower block that’s due for imminent demolition.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Shadow Puppet

Maigret is summoned late at night by a telephone call from the concierge of an apartment block in the Place des Vosges. She tells him that a man is dead and that she suspects murder.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Arnold Taylor

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