Alan Hunter - Landed Gently - Little, Brown Book Group

Landed Gently

By Alan Hunter

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  • £6.99

An original Gently novel on which the prime-time BBC series starring Martin Shaw is based.

Having been invited to spend Christmas in the country, fishing for pike, Gently finds himself hunting a completely different predator when a guest at Merely Hall, a nearby stately home, is found dead at the foot of the grand staircase on Christmas morning.

At first the tragedy is assumed to be a simple accident, but Gently is not one to jump to conclusions and is soon in no doubt whatsoever that this was murder.

Merely produces the finest tapestries in England but the threads that Gently must unravel in his investigation are more complex than any weaver's design, with everyone from the lord of the manor to his most lowly servant falling under suspicion.

Praise for Alan Hunter's Gently books:

'It is always a pleasure to look forward to another Gently book by Alan Hunter ...' Police Review

Biographical Notes

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 1955, he wrote the first of 45 George Gently novels. He died in 2005 aged 82.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781849015011
  • Publication date: 21 Apr 2011
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Constable
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