Dorothy Simpson - Dead By Morning - Little, Brown Book Group

Dead By Morning

By Dorothy Simpson

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A classic mystery from the Silver Dagger award-winning author.

Leo Martindale, the dissolute son of a wealthy family, returns to Longford Hall after a twenty year absence. Before long his snow-covered corpse is lying outside the ancestral home he'd fled all those years before. Inspector Luke Thanet suspects foul play, especially when he finds out that Leo's return was an unpleasant shock not only to the whole village, but to his own family as well. Soon Thanet finds himself up against a chilling conspiracy of silence. Just who is being protected . . . and why?

Biographical Notes

Dorothy Simpson worked as a French teacher and then as a marriage-guidance counsellor, before turning to writing full time. She is married with three children and lives near Maidstone, Kent. Last Seen Alive won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger Award in 1985.

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  • ISBN: 9780751567519
  • Publication date: 04 Aug 2016
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  • Imprint: Sphere
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