An Aegean April: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery #9

An Aegean April: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery #9

The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos ...

Mood Indigo: An Edna Ferber Mystery #9

Mood Indigo: An Edna Ferber Mystery #9

She was 1932 Broadway's newest sensation. Then she was murdered. Three years after the Crash that ushered in the Great Depression, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright Edna Ferber finds herself ...

Paving the New Road: A Rowland Sinclair Mystery #4

Paving the New Road: A Rowland Sinclair Mystery #4

It's 1933. No less than Europe, Britain, or America, Australia contends with the Left, mostly Communists but also Socialists, and a rising Right, Fascists. Rowland Sinclair, bohemian younger son of ...

Death Makes a Prophet: A British Library Crime Classic

Death Makes a Prophet: A British Library Crime Classic

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN EDWARDS   'Small hostilities were growing; vague jealousies were gaining strength; and far off, wasn't there a nebulous hint of approaching tragedy in the air?' ...

Quick Curtain: A British Library Crime Classic

Quick Curtain: A British Library Crime Classic

'Don't talk bunk!' said Mr Douglas. 'You can't carry on with the show with a man dying on stage. Drop the curtain!' When Douglas B. Douglas—leading light of the London ...

The Long Arm of the Law: A British Library Crime Classic

The Long Arm of the Law: A British Library Crime Classic

In classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur—whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike ...

Death of Anton: A British Library Crime Classic

Death of Anton: A British Library Crime Classic

Seven Bengal tigers are the star attraction of Carey's Circus. Their trainer is the fearless Anton, whose work demands absolute fitness and the steadiest of nerves. When Anton is found ...

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