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    • ISBN:9780751553581
    • Publication date:05 Jun 2014

The Circle

By Peter Lovesey

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A fiendishly clever Hen Mallin mystery, from the award-winning Peter Lovesey

When widowed parcel-force worker Bob Naylor plucks up the courage to join a writers' circle, he discovers a motley collection of wannabe authors whom he would rather avoid at all costs. But when a publisher is found murdered, after recently addressing the group, Bob feels compelled to stay.

Investigating Officer Hen Mallin attempts to investigate the group, despite their amateur sleuthing efforts and exhaustingly dramatic outbursts. And as another death casts the bewildered Bob in suspicion, the sinister secret of this circle finally starts to come to light . . .

The first solo case for DCI Hen Mallin, introduced in The House Sitter.

Biographical Notes

Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world.
He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.

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  • ISBN: 9781405519816
  • Publication date: 16 Jul 2012
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The superb Peter Lovesey provides yet another novel of unalloyed delight — The Scotsman
Lovesey, who can out-Christie Dame Agatha when he sets his mind to it, offers a smorgasbord of red herrings, a nifty plot twist, charming bits of doggerel and delicious digs at writers of the un-publishable — Kirkus Reviews
Brilliantly keeps one guessing — Daily Mail
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