Dorothy Simpson - No Laughing Matter - Little, Brown Book Group

No Laughing Matter

By Dorothy Simpson

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

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.

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: 9780751567540
  • 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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Steven Long has been murdered, and the finger of suspicion points to Harry Carpenter, whose wife and child were killed when Long crashed his car. But Inspector Luke Thanet believes there are others with reasons to hate the victim: his former wife, her new lover and Steve's younger brothers. Only his twin, Geoffrey, has a kind word for the deceased troublemaker. It seems almost everyone had a motive to murder Steven Long, and Inspector Thanet is going to have to investigate them all if he's ever going to get to the truth.

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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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Dead By Morning

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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?

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Doomed To Die

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Artist Perdita Master has barely had time to tell her jealous husband that she is filing for divorce before she is found murdered, a plastic bag over her head. When Inspector Luke Thanet begins to investigate her death, he finds that her husband isn't the only one with a motive. There's also her possessive mother-in-law, her secret lover and his wife. Thanet will have to narrow down the suspect and keep his own tumultuous home life in order if he's ever going to solve the case.

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Wake The Dead

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A Day For Dying

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When Max Jeopard, a charismatic and successful writer, is found floating dead in a swimming pool, it puts a full stop to the party celebrating his engagement to a beautiful heiress. Investigating the suspicious death, Inspector Luke Thanet discovers that Max had more enemies than anyone realised, including his father-in-law and members of his own family. Inspector Thanet knows that he will have to dive under the surface of Max's seemingly perfect life if he is ever going to find out the truth.

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Last Seen Alive

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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

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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 . . .

Alex Gray

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the DHSS, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English. Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl and Keep the Midnight Out. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

Alex Marwood

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. She is the author of the word-of-mouth sensation The Wicked Girls, which won a prestigious Edgar Award and The Killer Next Door, which won the coveted Macavity Award. She has also been shortlisted for numerous other crime writing awards and her first two novels have been optioned for the screen. Alex lives in south London.

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Alexander McCall Smith is Professor Emeritus of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.

Anja de Jager

Anja de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes in English. She draws inspiration from cases that her father, a retired police detective, worked on in the Netherlands. Anja worked in the City for twenty years but is now a full-time writer. She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel.

Barbara Cleverly

Barbara Cleverly was born in the north of England and is a graduate of Durham University. A former teacher, she has spent her working life in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk; she now lives in Cambridge. She has one son and five step-children.Her Joe Sandilands series of books set against the background of the Indian Empire was inspired by the contents of a battered old tin trunk that she found in her attic. Out of it spilled two centuries of memories of a family - especially a great uncle who spent a lot of time in India - whose exploits and achievements marched in time with the flowering of the British Empire.To find out more about the series, visit www.barbaracleverly.com.

Bronwyn Parry

Bronwyn Parry grew up surrounded by books, with a fascination for places, people and their stories. Her first novel, AS DARKNESS FALLS, won a prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award in 2007. Her second and third novels, DARK COUNTRY and DEAD HEAT, were voted the Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) in 2010 and 2013, and were both finalists in the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Romantic Suspense. Her fourth novel, DARKENING SKIES, was a finalist in the ARRA Awards in 2014. Bronwyn's fifth book, STORM CLOUDS, was shortlisted by ARRA for Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel of 2015 and shortlisted in the Davitt Awards for Best Crime Novel 2016. Bronwyn lives in the New England tablelands in New South Wales and loves to travel in Australia's wild places. For more information visit www.bronwynparry.com or www.facebook.com/BronwynParryAuthor