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Detective and mystery stories

  • Author:
    Todd, Charles
    Summary:

    Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a post-war world. Now a Scotland Yard detective, Rutledge is called upon to probe a murder in the small Norfolk town of Osterley' but he soon discovers that the crime may be connected to one of the greatest disasters of all time '

  • Author:
    Blanchard, Alice
    Summary:

    A riveting mystery that introduces a bold and audacious rookie detective assigned to hunt for a killer who is haunted by the past in this gripping murder case. Natalie Lockhart always knew she was going to be a cop. A rookie detective on the Burning Lake police force, she was raised on the wisdom of her chief-of-police father. These cases will haunt you if you let them. Grief doesn't come with instructions. But the one thing her father couldn't teach her was how to handle loss. Natalie's beloved sister was viciously murdered as a teenager, and she carries the scars deep in her heart. Although the killer was locked up, the trace evidence never added up, and Natalie can't help wondering'is the past really behind her' As the newest member on the force, Natalie is tasked with finding nine missing persons who've vanished off the face of the earth, dubbed "the Missing Nine." One night, while following up on a new lead, she comes across a savage crime that will change everything. Daisy Buckner'a popular schoolteacher, wife to a cop, and newly pregnant'lies dead on her kitchen floor. As Natalie hunts for Daisy's killer in the wake of the town's shock, her search leads to a string of strange clues'about the Missing Nine, about Daisy's secret life, and reviving fresh doubts about her sister's murder. As the investigation deepens, Natalie's every move risks far-reaching consequences'for the victims, for the town of Burning Lake, and for herself. Spellbinding and gripping, Trace of Evil is a novel of twisting suspense that will leave you breathless.

  • Author:
    Winspear, Jacqueline
    Summary:

    August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael- the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman- puts duty first and sails for his father's native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action. April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael's parents, who have recently learned that their son's remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael's belongings- a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.

  • Author:
    Todd, Charles
    Summary:

    Search the Dark is the third of Todd's mysteries set just after the First World War. Dorset is the latest setting for the talents of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the First World War still haunted'literally'by his actions. Indeed, his personal ghost only serves to complicate things as his inner doubts blend into the trauma of the case. The disappearance of two children, the murder of a woman supposed to be their mother, and an unstable suspect who may or may not be guilty form the bones of Todd's latest psychological thriller, augmented by the in-depth and impressive character analysis that distinguishes his novels.

  • Author:
    Todd, Charles
    Summary:

    The remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Rutledge to Scotland, where his journey to find the truth will take him back through the fires of his past, into secrets that still have the power to kill.

  • Author:
    Winspear, Jacqueline
    Summary:

    Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, Masie Dobbs will monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government." When the college's pacifist founder is murdered, Maisie finds herself in the midst of sinister web of murder, scandal, and conspiracy, activities that point towards members of the ascendant Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei- the Nazi Party- on Britain's shores.

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