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Fire

By L.C. Tyler

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A John Grey historical mystery

The fourth John Grey historical mystery

1666. London has been destroyed by fire and its citizens are looking for somebody, preferable foreign, to blame. Only the royal Court, with its strong Catholic sympathies, is trying to dampen down the post-conflaguration hysteria. Then, inconveniently, a Frenchman admits to having started it together with an accomplice, whom he says he has subsequently killed.

John Grey is tasked by Secretary of State, Lord Arlington, with proving conclusively that the self-confessed fire-raiser is lying. Though Grey agrees with Arlington that the Frenchman must be mad, he is increasingly perplexed at how much he knows. And a body has been discovered that appears in every way to match the description of the dead accomplice.

Grey's investigations take him and his companion, Lady Pole, into the dangerous and still smoking ruins of the old City. And somebody out there - somebody at the very centre of power in England - would prefer it if they didn't live long enough to conclude their work...

Praise for L.C. Tyler

'Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance' - The Times

'A cracking pace, lively dialogue, wickedly witty one-liners salted with sophistication . . . Why would we not want more of John Grey?' - The Bookbag

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  • ISBN: 9781472122889
  • Publication date: 02 Nov 2017
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Constable
Tyler at his entertaining best . . . a Restoration romp delivered with aplomb and verbal artistry, a delicious slice of history in all its dark, dank and deadly reality, and a veritable stage show of witty one-liners wrapped up in an enthralling mystery adventure — Lancashire Evening Post
A historical thriller, but one written with tongue firmly in cheek . . . Tyler is a witty writer, and this third outing for Grey is great fun — Sunday Times
A fast-paced tale of double-crossing and double agents during a tumultuous period in English history .... the humour running through the book is a delight — The Times
There are moments that made me laugh out loud and moments that had me on the edge of my seat . . . The ins and outs of the conspiracy and Grey's adventures as he struggles to find the truth kept me gripped from beginning to end . . . highly recommended — Puzzle Doctor
This is fine writing and the tension and danger of the mystery is complemented by the humour of the narrative and dialogue. The mystery is such a good one and the setting in London's smouldering ruins is richly evocative . . . I can't wait for the next — For Winter Nights
Tyler at his entertaining best . . . a Restoration romp delivered with aplomb and verbal artistry, a delicious slice of history in all its dark, dank and deadly reality, and a veritable stage show of witty one-liners wrapped up in an enthralling mystery adventure
A historical thriller, but one written with tongue firmly in cheek . . . Tyler is a witty writer, and this third outing for Grey is great fun
A fast-paced tale of double-crossing and double agents during a tumultuous period in English history .... the humour running through the book is a delight
There are moments that made me laugh out loud and moments that had me on the edge of my seat . . . The ins and outs of the conspiracy and Grey's adventures as he struggles to find the truth kept me gripped from beginning to end . . . highly recommended
This is fine writing and the tension and danger of the mystery is complemented by the humour of the narrative and dialogue. The mystery is such a good one and the setting in London's smouldering ruins is richly evocative . . . I can't wait for the next
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The Bleak Midwinter

L.C. Tyler
Authors:
L.C. Tyler

The fifth John Grey historical mystery1668: John Grey is now a Justice of the Peace and lives in the manor house he has inherited on his mother's death with his new wife, Aminta. As the village is cut off from the rest of the world by a heavy snowfall, George Barwell is discovered dead in the woods. Grey is called to examine the horribly disfigured body amidst the rumours that the attack has been the work of the Devi as the victim had been cursed by reputed witch Alice Mardike just days before his violent death. As Barwell's father-in-law leads the villagers into kidnapping Alice and throwing her into the millpond to see if she floats as a witch or drowns as an innocent woman, Grey agrees to investigate the murder: his main suspect is the very man leading the witch hunt. But if Grey can't solve the mystery of George Barwell's death within a week, Mardike will be tried for witchcraft - and the sentence has already been decided...Praise for L.C. Tyler'Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance' - The Times'A cracking pace, lively dialogue, wickedly witty one-liners salted with sophistication . . . Why would we not want more of John Grey?' - The Bookbag

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Deceived

Anne Randall
Authors:
Anne Randall

Secrets.What secrets are hidden at the heart of family life?Deceit.The lies we tell ourselves are often more dangerous than the truth.When forty-one-year-old Sarah Price is reported missing after having arranged a date with a man she met on the internet, her family are distraught. Meanwhile, Glasgow based Detective Inspectors Kat Wheeler and Steven Ross attend the scene of a murder. Michael O'Donnell, a widower and devoted stay-at-home dad to his severely disabled daughter, Paula, has been brutally killed. And Paula, who is vulnerable and dependent on daily medication, is missing.As Wheeler and Ross race to find Michael's killer and Paula's abductor, they are drawn into a tangled web of deceit. Soon they come to realise that the killer is watching them. And is always one step ahead...Praise for Anne Randall:'Brilliant' The Sun'Randall has grown in confidence since her debut, and this is as assured and clever a novel of "tartan noir" as you could hope to find' Daily Mail

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Fear of Falling

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

What if the child you have longed for ends up hurting those you love?Lydia and Bel have been best friends for years, from wild teenage days all the way through to motherhood. Bel becomes pregnant by accident and has a fraught relationship with daughter Freya, while Lydia and love-of-her-life Mac, after failed fertility treatment, choose to adopt. Gorgeous toddler Chloe challenges them more than either of them had ever expected ... and as a teenager her behaviour escalates increasingly out of control, pushing their marriage, and Lydia and Bel's relationship, to breaking point.A modern tragedy. A harrowing and heart-breaking story of the splinters that can tear mothers and daughters, husbands and wives - and friends - apart.Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Harrowing and humane. A real knockout' Ian Rankin'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that' Val McDermid'Remarkable depth ... The most grown-up writer in British crime fiction' Telegraph'Complex and satisfying' Sunday Times'Powerful, humane and moving' Ann Cleeves

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Cold Breath

Quentin Bates
Authors:
Quentin Bates

Gunnhildur reluctantly allows herself to be taken off police duties to act as bodyguard to a man with a price on his head . . . Hidden away in a secure house outside Reykjavík, Gunna and the high-profile stranger, a guest of the interiors minister, are thrown together - too close for comfort. They soon find they are neither as safe nor as carefully hidden as Gunna and her boss had thought. Conflicting glimpses of the man's past start to emerge as the press begin to sniff him out, as does another group with their own reasons for locating him. Gunna struggles to come to terms with protecting the life of a man who may have the lives of many on his conscience - or indeed may be the philanthropist he claims to be. Isolated together, the friction grows between Gunna and the foreign visitor, and she realises they are out of their depth as the trails lead from the house outside Reykjavík to Brussels, Russia and the Middle East.

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Lethal White

Robert Galbraith
Authors:
Robert Galbraith

'I seen a kid killed . . . He strangled it, up by the horse.' When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that . . . The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, LETHAL WHITE is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

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The Killer You Know

S. R. Masters
Authors:
S. R. Masters
Hachette Audio

Little Liar

Lisa Ballantyne
Authors:
Lisa Ballantyne
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The Killing Habit

Mark Billingham
Authors:
Mark Billingham
Constable

Disappearance at Oare

Julie Wassmer
Authors:
Julie Wassmer

'The perfect deckchair companion' Daily MailThe Whitstable Pearl restaurant has been busy all summer while Pearl's detective agency has brought few interesting cases - until a prospective client calls...Christina Scott confides that seven years ago she had the perfect life with a seaside home, a confirmed pregnancy and Steven, a loving husband - until one morning she woke to find herself alone. Christina's husband had vanished, taking nothing with him but his car - which was later found abandoned at the beautifully mysterious Oare Marshes.Now, with the legal presumption of Steven's death about to be made, Christina shows a photograph to Pearl. It's not of him, but of her young son, Martin, who has grown up without his father but Christina is adamant he now deserves to know the truth. And will Pearl help her solve the riddle of Steven's disappearance? DCI Mike McGuire warns Pearl she's on a fool's errand but the case resonates with Pearl as she begins to uncover secrets and lies that take her on a dangerous journey back into her own past, as well as Christina's...'A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read' Daily Mail

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It Was Her

Mark Hill
Authors:
Mark Hill
Little, Brown

The Good Son

You-jeong Jeong
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You-jeong Jeong
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Torn

Anne Randall
Authors:
Anne Randall

A fast-paced, gripping thriller with a shocking twist.2004The court case had been harrowing. The fifteen jurors sat in silence while the prosecution produced evidence of how a man with obsessive sado-masochistic fantasies had turned into a killer. Fourteen of the jurors were repulsed. One man was secretly enthralled. A new world of possibility had opened up for him.2014When an actress is found dead, the ligature marks suggest that she had been involved in extreme sex games. When DIs Wheeler and Ross begin to investigate her death, they realise their investigation is being blocked not just by the owners of the exclusive club where she was found but by some of Glasgow's most influential citizens. Meanwhile Skye Cooper, Scotland's latest indie-rock sensation is playing the final gig of his sell-out tour but his dreams of stardom are on a collision course with the obsession threatening to consume him . . .Praise for Anne Randall'Brilliant' The Sun'Randall has grown in confidence since her debut, and this is as assured and clever a novel of "tartan noir" as you could hope to find' Daily Mail

Constable

Death on the Canal

Anja de Jager
Authors:
Anja de Jager

Where do your priorities lie?In her latest case, Dutch detective Lotte Meerman finds herself faced with a moral dilemma - does she investigate the murder of a suspected drug dealer ... or does she stay silent to ensure that another man, responsible for the drug-related deaths of six tourists in Amsterdam, is successfully convicted? Drinking outside a canalside bar on a perfect summer's evening, Lotte is witness to the fatal stabbing of Piotr Mazur, a Polish security guard working in one of the city's department stores. And as Lotte starts to investigate Mazur's death she keeps finding facts that potentially link him to the case of the dead tourists - but soon realises that the head of the team investigating their murders is trying to bury the information just as quickly as she unearths it. Lotte saw the victim in the bar moments before he was killed, and he was with a woman who passed him a photo of a child. She is now convinced that his death wasn't a revenge-killing over drugs after all... but she has to think carefully about what to do for the best, especially as key evidence in Mazur's murder comes from someone she knows she cannot trust.

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Friend Request

Laura Marshall
Authors:
Laura Marshall

'A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable, Friend Request is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read' Erin KellyWhen Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria's disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress, to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend's body turns up in the woods outside their old school, Louise realises she can't trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria . . .

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The Trials of Margaret

L.C. Tyler
Authors:
L.C. Tyler

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubAward-winning author L.C. Tyler brings us a humorous tale of domestic intrigue and murder.When Margaret poisons her husband after a small argument, she annoyingly fails to convince the law she is innocent and has to endure a trial. But the jury are on her side - aren't they?

Little, Brown

Want You Gone

Chris Brookmyre
Authors:
Chris Brookmyre
Constable

The Plague Road

L.C. Tyler
Authors:
L.C. Tyler

'Witty and amazing, L. C. Tyler has a wicked sense of humour' M. C. Beaton1665, and the Great Plague has London in its grip. Where better, then, to hide a murdered man than among the corpses on their way to the Plague pit?When a supposed Plague victim is found with a knife in his back, John Grey, now a successful lawyer, is called in to investigate. The dead man was known to be carrying a compromising letter from the Duke of York to the French ambassador. Now the letter has vanished and Secretary of State Lord Arlington wants it. But Arlington is not the only one trying to recover the letter. Somebody has killed once trying to obtain it - and is prepared to kill again. Grey must set off on a journey through Plague-ravaged England to fulfil his commission and keep himself safe from his enemies - if the Plague doesn't get him first...Praise for L.C. Tyler'Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance' The Times'A historical thriller, but one written with tongue firmly in cheek . . . Tyler is a witty writer, and this third outing for Grey is great fun' - Sunday Times'An exciting, well-plotted and brilliantly witty historical mystery' For Winter Nights

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The Silence Between Breaths

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

How do you survive the unthinkable?Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed. Holly has just landed her dream job, which should make life a lot easier than it has been, and Jeff is heading for his first ever work interview after months of unemployment. They end up sitting next to each other. Onboard customer service assistant Naz dreams of better things as he collects rubbish from the passengers. And among the others travelling are Nick with his young family who are driving him crazy; pensioner Meg and her partner setting off on a walking holiday and facing an uncertain future; Caroline, run ragged by the competing demands of her stroppy teenage children and her demented mother; and Rhona, unhappy at work and desperate to get home to her small daughter. And in the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack . . .'Cath Staincliffe gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary' Ann Cleeves'Harrowing and humane. A real knockout' Ian Rankin'Complex and satisfying' Sunday Times

Constable

A Masterpiece of Corruption

L.C. Tyler
Authors:
L.C. Tyler
Orbit US

It Takes One

Kate Kessler
Authors:
Kate Kessler

They say there are no secrets in a small town...Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. She'll have to face the whispers and the rumors that have haunted her family since she left. Because when Audrey was thirteen, she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie's abusive father. Her first night back in town ends in a fight with a drunken Maggie, with her old crush Jake to witness it all. Audrey can't believe it can get worse. Then Maggie turns up dead. Now, Audrey has to find out who the murderer is - before everyone decides that she is to blame. And before the murderer can set their sights on her.