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Last Seen Alive

By Dorothy Simpson

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

It's been all of twenty years since Alicia Parnell last saw Sturrenden. While she was still a schoolgirl a jilted boyfriend killed himself, and her parents tactfully moved away from that corner of Kent. Nevertheless the old crowd are delighted when she turns up out of the blue one day. Just why she has chosen to come back, no-one can guess. But within hours Alicia has been found strangled, and Inspector Luke Thanet is called upon to solve her murder, a task that will involving delving deep into the past.

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: 9781405536783
  • Publication date: 04 Aug 2016
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Puppet For A Corpse

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Close Her Eyes

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Innocent young Charity Pritchard hasn't had much of a life. Her parents are strict religious fundamentalists who deny her simple teenage pleasures such as jeans or makeup. Now Charity is missing, and her parents want to leave the matter in God's hands, much to the concern of Inspector Luke Thanet. When Charity's body is found in a back alley, Inspector Thanet determines to bring to light the dark details of her unhappy, secret life, piece by piece.

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Dead On Arrival

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Element Of Doubt

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Beautiful but unpleasant Nerine Tarrant has been murdered, pushed over the second-story balcony of her manor 'High Gables' to her death below. There is no lack of people who hold a grudge against the victim, from her husband embittered by her affairs to her mother-in-law, terrified to Nerine's threats to send her to a home. Inspector Luke Thanet intends to find out who gave Nerine the fatal shove, even if he has to gather his leads form the most unlikely and unwilling of suspects.

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Suspicious Death

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When Marcia Salden, a successful business woman, is found drowned in the local river, the police are called in. There is no clear evidence that the woman was murdered, but to Inspector Luke Thanet this is definitely a suspicious death. It seems that Ms Salden's talent for making money was matched by her talent for making enemies. A lot of people had the motive to kill the woman, but who had the opportunity? Inspector Thanet means to find out, even if he has to investigate them all.

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Dead By Morning

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Doomed To Die

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Wake The Dead

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A village fete shouldn't turn up too many murders for Inspector Luke Thanet to investigate. Even the death of the local MP's elderly mother doesn't seem at all suspicious. But, as Thanet soon discovers, Isobel Fairleigh did not die of natural causes. She was murdered, and every single person who was at the fete is a potential suspect. Or was the murderer someone closer to home? As Thanet and his deputy, Sergeant Mike Lineham, delve deeper into Isobel Fairleigh's past, they learn that crime knows no class barriers.

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No Laughing Matter

Dorothy Simpson
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Zak Randish, winemaker and owner of a famous vineyard, has been murdered. Someone forced him through a windowpane, severing his jugular vein. Randish was ruthless and promiscuous, so Inspector Luke Thanet knows that the only way of narrowing down suspects and finding a clue to the identity of the killer is to delve into the victim's past. But with Thanet's heartbroken daughter coming home for some fatherly comfort, he already has more than enough problems on his mind.

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A Day For Dying

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Dead And Gone

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It is high summer, and Virginia Mintar, wife of a prominent QC, wanders away from a garden party to cool down in the pool. She never returns - her body is dredged up from a well on her estate the next morning.Inspector Luke Thanet and his partner, Sergeant Mike Lineham, quickly discern that Virginia's scandalous behavior had earned her the rage of family, friends, and lovers. But who had finally been driven to kill her?

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Once Too Often

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Just a week away from his only daughter's wedding, Inspector Luke Thanet gets a phone call that saves him from writing his speech for the reception, but presents him with an even more challenging problem. Jessica Dander, a journalist for the regional newspaper, has been found dead with a broken neck at the foot of her own staircase. Was it simply an accident, or, as evidence suggests, was she pushed? And investigation just yields more questions. Who left Jessica's front door open and why? Who called the police and disappeared before the authorities arrived? Why is her high-heeled shoe in an odd position on the third step from the top? Who was the mysterious prowler Jessica reported to the police? And who didn't have reason to hate Jessica, an angry, irascible woman who may have let loose her fury on those around her just once too often?

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The Night She Died

Dorothy Simpson
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Julie Holmes has always held a seductive power over men. Her golden hair and deep blue eyes entrance admirers wherever she goes, even after she leaves London for peaceful Kent with her doting husband. But could any of these devotees have become so obsessed as to turn a knife on her?Inspector Thanet refuses to accept this assumption. He is much more curious about the events of a foggy November evening nearly twenty years ago, when Julie was only three, and their link to the hideous nightmares she suffered in the weeks prior to her death.Slowly, as Thanet works through his feverish thoughts, he comes upon a theory that would solve not one murder but two . . .

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Six Feet Under

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Curiosity always kills the cat.Investigating the murder of a rather unpleasant spinster in peaceful Kent, Inspector Thanet is perplexed. But it seems that everyone has underestimated this most unlikely corpse. She was a keeper of secrets: a surprising amount of her own and a quite astonishing amount of everyone else's.As Thanet digs deeper, all sorts of things emerge from the shadows: an alcoholic pianist, a wardrobe of disguises, forbidden love affairs - there is a lot more to this tranquil town than meets the eye. And just as Thanet convinces himself he's found the answer, he stumbles upon the true explanation; something more bizarre and tragic than he could ever have contemplated . . .

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The Fifth Inspector Thanet Omnibus

Dorothy Simpson
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A DAY FOR DYING: A young man with everything to live for is tragically drowned in a swimming pool during his own engagement party. What began as a day for rejoicing ends as a day for dying. When Inspector Thanet of Kent CID arrives at the scene of the death, he soon realises that not everyone regards it as a tragedy - what seemed at first to be a terrible accident now looks like a callous murder...ONCE TOO OFTEN: When the husband of well-known Kent journalist Jessica Dander is found crouching over his wife's body, Inspector Thanet's suspicions are naturally aroused. But almost at once doubts creep in. Who, for instance, was the anonymous caller who rang for an ambulance some time earlier and who was the mysterious prowler Jessica had reported to the police...DEAD AND GONE: When the wife of a prominent QC is found dead at the bottom of a well, Inspector Thanet discounts accidental death. Virginia Mintar was no angel - her outrageous flirting knew no bounds and made her many enemies. But which one took that final step? Who wanted her dead and gone?

Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter was born in Hoveton, Norfolk in 1922. He left school at the age of 14 to work on his father's farm, spending his spare time sailing on the Norfolk Broads and writing nature notes for the Eastern Evening News. He also wrote poetry, some of which was published while he was in the RAF during World War II. By 1950, he was running his own book shop in Norwich and in 1956, he wrote the first of 45 George Gently novels. He died in 2005 aged 82.

Charles Finch

Charles Finch was born in New York City in 1980. He graduated from Yale and Oxford Universities where he majored in English and History, and did his master's in Renaissance English Literature. He is the grandson of American artist and writer Anne Truitt. He lives in Oxford, England.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the hugely popular Morland Dynasty novels, which have captivated and enthralled readers for decades. She is also the author of the contemporary Bill Slider Mystery series, as well as her new series, War at Home, which is an epic family drama set against the backdrop of World War I. Cynthia's passions are music, wine, horses, architecture and the English countryside.

David Dickinson

David Dickinson was born in Dublin. With an honours degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC, where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama, as well as series editor for Monarchy, a three-part programme on the British royal family.

David Roberts

David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.