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Cruel Habitations

By Kate Charles

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

Brought back to life in ebook for the Crime Vault, this is classic psychological suspense

April 1989: sisters Alison and Jacquie Barnett take a holiday to Greece that neither of them will ever forget.

When Jacquie's father dies, she discovers he has split everything equally with her sister, whom no one has seen for eleven years. And Jacquie, desperate for the money, has no choice but to try to trace her. It is a journey that takes her to Westmead, and stirs old emotions that will once more put lives in danger . . .

Biographical Notes

Kate Charles, a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Barbara Pym Society, is American by birth but has lived in England for many years. A former parish administrator, she sets her books against the colourful backdrop of the Church of England.

She has been co-organiser of the annual St. Hilda's Crime and Mystery Conference in Oxford since its beginnings in 1994 and was awarded the George N. Dove Award for her 'outstanding contribution to the serious study of mystery and crime fiction'. She lives on the English side of the Welsh borders with her husband and their Border Terrier.

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  • ISBN: 9781405523462
  • Publication date: 30 Nov 2012
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  • Imprint: Sphere
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