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1st To Die

Author: James Patterson

Part of a series: Women's Murder Club

Publisher: Headline (2002)

As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing has prepared her for the brutal maniac who has begun a killing spree - slaughtering newlywed couples. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by a personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire Washburn, a coroner, Cindy Thomas, a journalist, and Jill Bernhardt, an attorney, for help with both crises, and the Women's Murder Club is born.

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4.50 From Paddington

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins (1957)

Elspeth McGillicuddy is not a woman usually given to hallucinations. But when she witnesses what appears to be a woman being strangled on a train and no one else sees it, no one reports it and no corpse is found she turns to her old friend Jane Marple to help solve the puzzle. Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young acquaintance Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer.

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42 Days For Murder

Author: Roger Torrey

Publisher: Black Curtain Press (2013)

Shean Connell, a private detective, sets out to clear up a divorce case in Reno, and finds that he has been framed by the man who is boss of the town's criminals. After he views the woman in the morgue and has the tip of his ear shot away, he realizes that murder and not divorce is being plotted. Why wouldn't Tod Wendel's wife speak to him? Between the wealthy society woman and her husband stood the forces of the underworld-gangsters, white slavers, dope runners-and Shean Connell breaks the case in this hard-hitting, lusty mystery novel. Originally published in 1938.

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44 Charles Street

Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Corgi (2011)

Everything is falling to pieces for Francesca Thayer. Her beautiful, old house is full of leaks and in need of total restoration. Then her relationship with lawyer Todd collapses and he moves out. As the owner of a struggling art gallery she can't possibly manage the mortgage alone, so she is forced to do the one thing she never imagined she would: she advertises for lodgers. First arrives Eileen - a young, attractive schoolteacher. Then comes Chris, a newly-divorced father and graphic designer. Last to arrive is Marya - a famous cookery author who is hoping to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. And so Francesca finds that her house has become a whole new world - and that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life. Over their year together, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak and hope. And Francesca discovers that she might be able to open her heart again after all...

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8th Confession

Author: James Patterson

Part of a series: Women's Murder Club

Publisher: Arrow (2010)

When a rock star, a fashion designer, a software tycoon and a millionaire heiress are all murdered in mysterious circumstances, Detective Lindsay Boxer is quickly assigned to the high-profile investigation.

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A Caribbean Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (2011)

The delightful Miss Marple is ensnared in 'A Caribbean Mystery' when a retired military man sparks her curiosity with a photograph and a strange story of a murderer.

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A Death At The Palace

Author: MH Baylis

Part of a series: Rex Tracey

Publisher: Old Street Publishing (2013)

Reporter Rex Tracey has just recovered from his affair with Lithuanian artist Milda Majauskas when she disappears. He's got other concerns, not least an anti-immigration group spreading hate across his beloved Tottenham, and a string of attacks on young women at the local beauty spot, Alexandra Palace. But when Rex himself becomes a suspect, he is forced to seek answers. Amongst the tea-houses and squats, the yam shops and tower blocks of this little-glimpsed, forever-changing London, Rex unearths a trail of secrets and falsehoods, from corrupt police to illegal factories. But the truth behind Milda s fate evades him until the final twist, when Rex, and the last people to see her, must all account for their guilt.

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A Death In Sweden

Author: Kevin Wignall

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (2016)

Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It’s a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last—and his next job is his biggest yet. The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret: Jacques Fillon never existed at all. Dan is tasked with uncovering Fillon’s true identity—but can he do so before his own past catches up with him?

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A Dedicated Man

Author: Peter Robinson

Part of a series: Inspector Banks

Publisher: Pan (2013)

An admired local historian is found dead and half-buried in a farmer's field in the village of Gratly. A slimy land-developer, an editor, a local thriller writer, and a beautiful folk singer are all figures from the historian's past, and all of them are suspects. Sally, a young would-be actress, knows more than she's telling and wants to solve the case herself, but may find herself in danger. There's trouble brewing beneath Gratly's idyllic surface, and Chief Inspector Alan Banks must get to the bottom of the village's secrets. Second in the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks Mystery Series.

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A Demon Summer

Author: GM Malliet

Part of a series: Max Tudor

Publisher: Constable (2015)

Lord Lislelivet has a talent for making enemies - so not even his wife is surprised when it emerges someone has tried to poison him. What is surprising is that the poison is discovered in a fruitcake made by the Handmaids of St Lucy of Monksbury Abbey. The powerful lord complains to his local bishop who asks Father Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former M!5 agent, to investigate. But the bishop has an additional concern: allegations have been made that the nuns have mishandled funds raised by wealthy Americans to expand their guesthouse. And now those irate patrons have descended on the abbey, along with Lord Lislelivet, to do some sleuthing of their own. And just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well.

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