Dorothy Simpson - Six Feet Under - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds

Six Feet Under

By Dorothy Simpson

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

A classic mystery from the Silver Dagger award-winning author. The second book in the Inspector Thanet series.

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 . . .

Biographical Notes

Dorothy Simpson worked first as a French teacher and then for many years as a marriage guidance counsellor before turning to writing full time. She is married with three children and lives near Maidstone in Kent, the background to the Thanet series. She is the author of sixteen novels; the fifth, Last Seen Alive, won the Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger Award in 1985.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781405525992
  • Publication date: 07 Feb 2013
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: Sphere
Simpson can disinter the past with the best of them, and her portrait of a small community is matchless — The Times
Dorothy Simpson is a contemporary Agatha Christie, renowned for weaving murder mysteries round credible characters in very English settings — Annabel
Thrillers that are both well written and crisply plotted do not come along every day, so a Dorothy Simpson novel is a welcome and engrossing treat — The Lady
All the traditional home comforts of English village murder, with a final twist — Observer
A Triumph — Literary Review
Deft double-plotting — Washington Post
Masterly . . . holds the reader's interest not merely on every page but with pretty nearly every word — Eastern Daily Press
Constable

Unnatural Habits

Kerry Greenwood
Authors:
Kerry Greenwood

1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous.Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery . . . and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.Praise for Kerry Greenwood: 'Greenwood's strength lies in her ability to create characters that are wholly satisfying: the bad guys are bad, and the good guys are great' Vogue'Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths with customary panache... [she is] irresistibly charming' The Age'Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter' West Australian'In a word: delightful' Herald Sun'Miss Fisher has beauty, brains and oodles of style ... a well-constructed novel that enchants, excites, enthrals and entertains' Good Reading Magazine

Sphere

Killing with Confetti

Peter Lovesey
Authors:
Peter Lovesey

As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline. The problem is that she's the daughter of notorious crime baron, Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. And Ben's father George is Bath's Deputy Chief Constable. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are set in place before the career-obsessed DCC can step in.Peter Diamond, Bath's head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang-leaders, while Brace can't wait for the day to end. Will the photo-session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving's speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?

Corsair

The Shameless

Ace Atkins
Authors:
Ace Atkins

New revelations on a notorious local cold case raise ghosts of the past in the newest thriller from New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins.Twenty years ago, teenager Brandon Taylor walked into the Big Woods north of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, and never returned. For former Army Ranger-turned-sheriff Quinn Colson, the Taylor case has particular meaning. As a ten-year-old, Colson had been lost in those same woods, and came back from them alive and a local legend.Years later, bones of a child are found in the woods, confirming for many the end to the Taylor story. As the case reopens, some point fingers to Quinn's uncle, the former sheriff, who took his own life in a cloud of corruption and shame. Still, Quinn's wife, Maggie, can't believe it. As a childhood friend of the Taylor boy, she thinks there's a darker conspiracy at work. Letters she receives from a mysterious inmate at a Tennessee state pen may hold the answers.With a heated election for governor on the horizon and the strengthening of a criminal syndicate's death grip on the state, Quinn's search for answers will upset the corruption that's plagued his home since before he came back from Afghanistan. Greed, false piety, power, bigotry, and dirty deals make for a dangerous mix he knows all too well.

Hachette Audio

The Paper Bark Tree Mystery

Ovidia Yu
Authors:
Ovidia Yu
Hachette Audio

Their Little Secret

Mark Billingham
Authors:
Mark Billingham
Constable

Death of an Honest Man

M.C. Beaton
Authors:
M.C. Beaton

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth - Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - returns for the latest mystery in M.C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling series.Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie - who repeated all the last words of her twin sister - that she needed psychiatric help.'I speak as I find,' he bragged. Voices saying, 'I could kill that man,' could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.And someone did.Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after throwing Chief Inspector Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?Praise for M. C. Beaton'The much-loved Hamish Macbeth series . . . a beguiling blend of wry humour and sharp observations of rural life' The Good Book Guide'It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh' New York Times'First rate . . . deft social comedy and wonderfully realised atmosphere' Booklist'M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books are a delight: clever, intricate and sardonic' Kerry Greenwood

Sphere

The Buried Girl

Richard Montanari
Authors:
Richard Montanari
Piatkus

Connections in Death

J. D. Robb
Authors:
J. D. Robb

When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer's lust for power turns the city's streets into a bloodbath. 'If you're a crime fiction fan and haven't discovered them yet, welcome to the very best day of your life' - Heat 'Eve Dallas - tough as nails and still sexy as hell' - Stephen King'J.D. Robb's novels are can't-miss pleasures' - Harlan Coben'Curious corpses, tangled twists and one sizzling sleuth' - Kathy Reichs

Sphere

Trust Her

Jessica Vallance
Authors:
Jessica Vallance

A twisty, gripping story of lies, obsession and revenge that will have you wondering who to believe until the last page. It wasn't just that I didn't like her. I didn't trust her. Charlotte is a people pleaser - she can't help but go the extra mile. So when she stumbles upon an unconscious man one night, it's only natural that she wants to help.Brought into the arms of the victim's loving family, she sees at once how much they need her. But while his parents happily welcome her into the fold, his sister is another story. It's not just that Rebecca doesn't like Charlotte, she clearly doesn't trust her either.But the more time Charlotte spends in Rebecca's company, the more she suspects she's the one with something to hide. And if Charlotte is to protect this family - and herself - she'll need to do whatever she can to find out what that is . . . What readers are saying about TRUST HER:'Becomes more complex with every chapter' 'Fast paced and intriguing''The characters felt very real and believable' 'Twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end''Excellent . . . I would highly recommend this book to anyone!'

Constable

The Puppet Show

M. W. Craven
Authors:
M. W. Craven

'Fantastic' Martina Cole'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick HerronWelcome to the Puppet Show . . . A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...'A brutal and thrilling page turner' Natasha Harding, The Sun'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!' David Mark'A gripping start to a much anticipated new series' Vaseem Khan'Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.' Michael J. Malone 'Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe' Keith Nixon

Constable

The Betel Nut Tree Mystery

Ovidia Yu
Authors:
Ovidia Yu

'Great protagonist, great setting - this is a delightful book' Morning Star The second novel in Ovidia Yu's delightfully charming crime series set in 1930s Singapore, featuring amateur sleuth Su Lin.What we came to think of as the betel nut affair began in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm in December 1937 . . . Singapore is agog with the news of King Edward VIII's abdication to marry American heiress Wallis Simpson. Chen Su Lin, now Chief Inspector Le Froy's secretarial assistant in Singapore's newly formed detective unit, still dreams of becoming a journalist and hopes to cover the story when the Hon Victor Glossop announces he is marrying an American widow of his own, Mrs Nicole Covington, in the Colony. But things go horribly wrong when Victor Glossop is found dead, his body covered in bizarre symbols and soaked in betel nut juice.The beautiful, highly-strung Nicole claims it's her fault he's dead . . . just like the others. And when investigations into her past reveal a dead lover, as well as a husband, the case against her appears to be stacking up. Begrudgingly on Le Froy's part, Su Lin agrees to chaperon Nicole at the Farquhar Hotel, intending to get the truth out of her somehow. But as she uncovers secrets and further deaths occur, Su Lin realises she may not be able to save Nicole's life - or even her own.'Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. This book is exactly why I love historical novels' Rhys Bowen'I really enjoyed this wonderful gem of a book. The diversity and rich history portrayed in the book are what make The Frangipani Tree Mystery a brilliant read. The fact that it's a fusion of crime and historical fiction adds brownie points to the package!' Bookloves Reviews

Grand Central Publishing

The Color of Fear

Marcia Muller
Authors:
Marcia Muller

A knock on the door in the middle of the night. It can only be bad news, and it is: Sharon's father Elwood has been the victim of a vicious, racially-motivated attack. A nationally recognized Shoshone Indian artist, he'd been visiting Sharon for the holidays, browsing for gifts in San Francisco's exclusive Marina district when he was set upon by a mob of angry young men. Now, Elwood lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. With little progress on the investigation from the overworked, short-handed police, Sharon resolves to track down Elwood's attackers and bring them to justice herself. But when Sharon starts receiving hate-filled, racist threats, it's clear that Elwood's attackers aren't planning to come quietly...

Constable

The Frangipani Tree Mystery

Ovidia Yu
Authors:
Ovidia Yu
Redhook

The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss

Max Wirestone
Authors:
Max Wirestone
Redhook

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness

David Casarett
Authors:
David Casarett

Ladarat Patalung, for one, would have been happier without a serial murderer in her life. Then again, she never meant to be a detective in the first place.But while content in her role at the Chaing Mai Hospital in Thailand as the nurse ethicist, Ladarat couldn't resist when police detective Kuhn Wiriya came to her with his dilemma.Two nights ago, a young woman brought her husband to the emergency room, where he passed away. Now someone remembers her coming in before, with a different husband (who also died). Is there a serial killer on the loose? One who likes to murder her husbands? And what else can one lone nurse ethicist do about it, but investigate?

Hachette Australia

Sunset Shadows

Bronwyn Parry
Authors:
Bronwyn Parry
Redhook

Two Can Play

Kate Kessler
Authors:
Kate Kessler

Halloween is approaching, and criminal psychologist Audrey Harte has been hired by the prosecution to help prepare for the trial of 19-year-old serial killer Ian "Boy Scout" Monroe. His one surviving victim, Tori Scott, is the star witness, but when someone begins killing with Monroe's M.O., the authorities - and Audrey - begin to wonder if Monroe had a partner. Keeping Tori safe is the main concern, but Audrey has also attracted the copy-cat's attention. Audrey is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and when someone close to her is abducted by the killer, Audrey has no choice but to play...

Sphere

No Laughing Matter

Dorothy Simpson
Authors:
Dorothy Simpson

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.

Sphere

A Day For Dying

Dorothy Simpson
Authors:
Dorothy Simpson

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.

Sphere

Last Seen Alive

Dorothy Simpson
Authors:
Dorothy Simpson