Death Walks the Woods

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Reading Essentials #ad - The picturesque village of yew hill, markshire becomes an idyllic retreat for Francis Pettigrew and his wife until Francis is suddenly summoned to sit in as the County Court Judge and an elderly neighbor is brutally murdered.

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The Wind Blows Death

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Reading Essentials #ad - Who killed solo violinist lucy carless during a concert by the markshire orchestra? was it her first husband? Or her second? Womanizer Bill Ventry? Or perhaps the clarinetist and fellow Polish émigré, and a subtle point in law is related with delightfully unobtrusive wit, with whom she'd had a violent argument? "A plot compounded of musical knowledge, warmth, Zbartorowski, a Dickens allusion, and style.

The new York Times.

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With a Bare Bodkin

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Reading Essentials #ad - England is in the grip of the Second World War and the Blitz has forced the evacuation of various government offices from London. In this strange atmosphere, miss brown, Pettigrew begins to fall in love with his secretary, who is also being courted by a widowed man who is much older than her. Francis pettigrew, an unsuccessful barrister and amateur detective, accompanies his ministry to the distant seaside resort of Marsett Bay where the civil servants must make the best of their temporary home.

One of the best detective stories published for a long time. Spectator. Bored and restless, the ministers start playing a light-hearted game of 'plan the perfect murder' to pass the time. Pettigrew, caught up in his love for Miss Brown, remains detached from the silliness - until a real murder happens, and he is drawn into solving the mystery.

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Tenant for Death

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Reading Essentials #ad - In the meantime, the mysterious tenant, Colin James, has disappeared. An inspector mallett mystery - Daylesford Gardens, South Kensington, is an unlikely address for the discovery of death by strangulation. Inspector mallett of Scotland Yard is brought in to unravel a complicated trail. Even more unusual is that the house does not belong to the deceased financier.

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Suicide Excepted

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Reading Essentials #ad - Suicide excepted shows a man committing an almost perfect murder, only to find that a quirk of the insurance laws may deprive him of the reward.

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Tragedy at Law Francis Pettigrew #1

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#ad - When an anonymous letter arrives for Mr Justice Barber, warning of imminent revenge, the High Court judge, he dismisses it as the work of a harmless lunatic. But then a second letter appears, followed by a poisoned box of the judge's favourite chocolates, and he begins to fear for his life.

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Untimely Death He Should Have Died Hereafter Francis Pettigrew #5

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#ad - Not knowing what to do, he ran away and never told anyone about it. Francis neglected to tell his wife, Eleanor, that he used to spend many of his vacations when he was a child at Exmoor with his family. He is on vacation with his wife in Exmoor. To be honest, he had almost forgotten his times there, but he did remember an incident which was still capable of giving him shivers.

His memory of the incident slowly faded since there were no repercussions that he didn’t tell anyone at the time. This cozy from hare features one of his series protagonists, Francis Pettigrew, a retired London attorney. This time, while hiking through the moor, he stumbles over a body, and the same nightmare repeats itself.

Untimely Death He Should Have Died Hereafter Francis Pettigrew #5 #ad - As a child, hiking through the wilds of Exmoor, he came upon the dead body of a man. When he finds and brings back the members of a hunt club, the body is no longer there. Now, however, he is a grown man and knows that he must seek help.

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Best Detective Stories of Cyril Hare

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Reading Essentials #ad - Cyril hare's short stories were mostly written for the London Evening Standard. Among them,  the story of hermione, in which the eponymous character grows rich from the all too convenient deaths of several relatives, has been called one of the most chilling short stories ever written. Sister bessie describes vividly the agonies of a blackmail victim and the desperate crimes he commits in the hope of freeing himself from his tormentor.

Miss burnside's dilemma describes the predicament of a person who uncovers a piece of unscrupulous, but entirely legal chicanery by someone she had previously admired. A life for a life explores the possibility of atonement for one's earthly sins after death.

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Tragedy at Law

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Reading Essentials #ad - Judge william barber begins his usually uneventful tour of England's Southern Circuit, but when he receives a threatening note and becomes the victim of several strange mishaps, attorney Francis Pettigrew starts investigating.

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An English Murder

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#ad - When the first murder occurs, the house is cut off from the rest of the world by a heavy snowfall, and it is left to Sir Julius's bodyguard to initiate a preliminary investigation before contact can be made with the local police force. The guests are a motley bunch, the fascist son of the present Lord Warbeck, Chancellor of the Exchequer, the wife of one of his underlings, including Sir Julius Warbeck, and the Chancellor's bodyguard.

This novel is very much in the tradition of Golden Age detective fiction, and is therefore likely to appeal to fans of the more 'cosy' murder mystery. A group of guests gather in a large country house, owned by the dying Lord Warbeck, who wants what is left of his family around him to celebrate what he assumes will be his last Christmas.

An English Murder #ad - Also present is foreign historian Dr Bottwink, and the traditional faithful butler.

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The Night of Fear: A Golden Age Mystery

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Dean Street Press #ad - Silence—then a man’s cry for “lights!” the lights come on, revealing Hugh Darrow, blind since the War, standing in the main hall, fresh blood dripping from his hands and covering his white Pierrot costume. The murdered man proves to be Stallard, one of the visitors, and a writer of mystery tales.

This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. There follows a thrilling tale in which the life of an innocent man hangs in the balance. A grand and baffling tale for the mystery lover. The night of fear was originally published in 1931. He tells the story of having discovered a dead man, stabbed through the heart, lying in a curtained window embrasure next to the one in which he was hiding.

The Night of Fear: A Golden Age Mystery #ad - Together they looked down at the inert sprawling figure of a man fantastically dressed in red-and-white-striped pyjama trousers, with a red sash belt and a white silk shirt open at the neck. A christmas gathering of young and old in a great country house in England—a masquerade—and the lights are turned off for a game of hide and seek.

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