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Miss Harris in the New World

  • Publication date: 10/11/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788423090
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788423083
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Miss Harris in the New World

Peter Maughan

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The Red Lion production of Love and Miss Harris is booked to tour America, opening in Manhattan.

On arrival the group finds that it’s not the Manhattan with the Great White Way of Broadway at its glittering heart, but the part between the Bowery and the East River, on the Lower East Side, in a vaudeville venue owned by a local mobster. And when members of a rival gang decide to disrupt the play, the action shifts from the theatre’s state to its auditorium…

Determined to fulfil the rest of their tour dates, the company heads west from New York. Try as they might to shake it off, trouble seems to follow them wherever they go.

 What readers are saying about LOVE AND MISS HARRIS (The Company of Fools, Book 1)

A cast of wonderful characters brings this story of life and love, and all the troubles that brings with it to magical fruition in this wonderful storyI highly recommend this to anyone who likes stories that engage and entertain.’

‘The writing is smart and witty. The author describes details including scenery, clothing and food beautifully… makes me want to be amongst the beauty again.

A very pleasant and interesting story about days gone by.’

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Death and Papa Noël: a Christmas murder mystery from the author of Death & Croissants

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  • Publication date: 09/12/2021
  • Hardback ISBN: 9781788424257
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424240
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Death and Papa Noël: a Christmas murder mystery from the author of Death & Croissants

Ian Moore

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A NEW CHRISTMAS STORY from the author of bestselling murder mystery Death & Croissants – the most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Ainsworth is preparing for the Christmas of his dreams: quiet, no guests at his French B&B and his favourite films on the TV. None of which seems on the cards when his rural peace is shattered by the unexpected arrival of a familiar face.

Valérie d’Orçay has hotfooted it from Paris with her chihuahua in tow and an invitation to a Christmas themed murder mystery game. Richard begrudgingly dresses up as Father Christmas, but the costume becomes the least of his worries when he realises this isn’t a game to everyone.

As other guests arrive to join the hunt, can Richard work out who is the victim – and who is murderer?

READERS RALLY FOR FOLLET VALLEY!

A very funny page-turner. Fantastique!’ Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt

‘Bloody and funny. In fact, bloody funny!‘ Alan Carr

A writer of immense wit and charm‘ Paul Sinha

‘One of my favourite writers… hilarious and a great mystery too’ Janey Godley

Like going on a joyous romp through the Loire valley with Agatha Christie, PG Woodhouse and Mc Beaton. A delight’ K. McDonnell

‘Moore’s French whodunnit is an engaging caper through the Loire Valley with an expat reluctant hero mixed up with a Maigret-like rural cast, a glamorous heroine and a couple of Mafia killers. It is finely paced, truly funny and written with a wry detachment that conjures up a gentler age of murder mysteryThe Times

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Out of Service (a supernatural comedy about a dysfunctional family of ghost hunters – Stranger Things meets Little Miss Sunshine)

  • Publication date: 29/09/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424035
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424042

Out of Service (a supernatural comedy about a dysfunctional family of ghost hunters – Stranger Things meets Little Miss Sunshine)

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

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A supernatural comedy adventure about a family of ghost hunters – Stranger Things meets Little Miss Sunshine  

After the events in Coldbay where they sealed the hell hole, Lucy is trying to learn more about it and how to save Murzzzz from eternal damnation. Yes, he’s a demon and all, but he’s also a part of the family. Lucy’s turned to her diocese for guidance but they’ve gone strangely quiet so she persuades the Rooks to drive there so they can sort this out.

On the way, they realise something is incredibly wrong with a motorway service station – it’s empty except for lingering, sad ghosts and… oh no, another hell hole has opened up and sucked in a load of people. They know they need to stay until they can rescue them and close it down, but not before they’ve done everything in their collective power to rescue Murzzzz. After all, one man’s hellhole is a family of ghost-hunter’s opportunity to save their demon friend. That’s the expression, right?

Praise for Gabby Hutchison Crouch

‘Gabby is one of the funniest writers I know.’ Sarah Millican

Very funny. If you like Terry Pratchett, or think gothic fairytales should have more LOLs, ’tis the book for ye.’ Greg Jenner

Pratchetty fun for all the family.’ Lucy Porter

Magical, surprising and funny.’ Jan Ravens

Death and Fromage: the most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club

  • Publication date: 07/07/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424264
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788423830
A Follet Valley Mystery 2

Death and Fromage: the most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club

Ian Moore

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Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the Vallée de Follet. Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that’s the way he likes it.

Until scandal erupts in the nearby town of Saint-Sauver when its famous restaurant is downgraded from three ‘Michelin’ stars to two. The restaurant is shamed, the town is in shock and the leading goat’s cheese supplier drowns himself in one of his own pasteurisation tanks. Or does he?

Valérie d’Orçay, who staying at the B&B while house-hunting in the area, isn’t convinced that it’s a suicide. Despite his misgivings, Richard is drawn into Valérie’s investigation, and finds himself becoming a major player.

Ibiza Surprise

  • Publication date: 08/06/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424134
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424141
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Ibiza Surprise

Dorothy Dunnett

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When Sarah Cassells, a British girl who has just completed her training as a chef, hears of her father’s violent death on Ibiza, she refuses to believe it is suicide.

She goes to Ibiza to investigate and becomes involved with an art dealer; with two beautiful jetsetters; with her brother’s strange predicament; with a remarkable American woman who is not all what she seems – and with Johnson Johnson, the mysterious portrait painter who shows up on his yacht, Dolly.

As Ibiza prepares to celebrate Holy Week with the traditional processions, events become more and more macabre…

***PRAISE FOR THE DOLLY SERIES***

‘The Dolly novels are… delicious, funny, ingenious, glamorous, clever.’ Listener

‘Dunnett tempts her fans with buried clues and red herrings that keep them reading and rereading the books.’ New York Times

‘[Dunnett’s] women are among her strongest characters.’ Guardian

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The Prize Racket

  • Publication date: 28/01/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788423991
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424004
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The Prize Racket

Isabel Rogers

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With a huge reward on the line, the Stockwell Park Orchestra will need to play on a whole new scale to win big…

After a brief and disastrous Resident Poet episode, Stockwell Park Orchestra is invited to take part in a TV competition for classical music. For a £50,000 prize some competitors are tempted to stretch the genre to ‘crossover’ and beyond.

Can a full concert orchestra compete with jazz bands, horn quartets, harp ensembles, and Mrs Ford-Hughes singing in Portuguese with nine cellos? Or will the competition be derailed by the poet’s return, this time sporting live Ambient Sounds? The TV producers aren’t worried: they know a good fight means great ratings.

What was supposed to be a quirky diversion threatens to take over the orchestra’s rehearsals for their own concert, but discovering a voting scam means they must fix things in the TV studio first.

What people are saying about Life, Death and Cellos:

“I was charmed… a very enjoyable read.” Marian Keyes

“Life, Death and Cellos is a witty and irreverent musical romp, full of characters I’d love to go for a pint with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Stockwell Park Orchestra and can’t wait for the next book in the series.” Claire King, author of The Night Rainbow

“Life, Death and Cellos is that rare thing – a funny music book. Rogers knows the world intimately, and portrays it with warmth, accuracy and a poetic turn of phrase. Sharp, witty and richly entertaining.” Lev Parikian, author of Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?

“With its retro humour bordering on farce, this novel offers an escape into the turbulent (and bonkers) world of the orchestra.” Isabel Costello, author of Paris Mon Amour

Dodgy post-rehearsal curries, friendly insults between musicians, sacrosanct coffee-and-biscuit breaks, tedious committee meetings: welcome to the world of the amateur orchestra. Throw in a stolen Stradivarius, an unexpected fatality and the odd illicit affair and you have Life, Death and Cellos, the first in a new series by Isabel Rogers.” Rebecca Franks, BBC Music Magazine

“…a very funny tale of musical shenanigans set in the febrile atmosphere of the Stockwell Park Orchestra” Ian Critchley

Operation Nassau

  • Publication date: 06/07/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424158
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424165
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Operation Nassau

Dorothy Dunnett

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Dr B. McRannoch is in the Bahamas with her father who has moved there from Scotland because of asthma. She is a savvy and tough young woman who shows much independence of mind and spirit.

However, when Sir Bart Edgecome, a British agent who has been positioned with arsenic falls ill on his way back from New York, she becomes involved in a series of events beyond her wildest imagination.

Drawn into an espionage plot with multiple suspects, it is only the presence of enigmatic portrait painter Johnson Johnson on his yacht, Dolly, that saves the day. But nothing is quite as straightforward as it at first seems.

***PRAISE FOR THE DOLLY SERIES***

‘The Dolly novels are… delicious, funny, ingenious, glamorous, clever.’ Listener

‘Dunnett tempts her fans with buried clues and red herrings that keep them reading and rereading the books.’ New York Times

‘[Dunnett’s] women are among her strongest characters.’ Guardian

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Roman Nights

  • Publication date: 03/08/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424172
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424189
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Roman Nights

Dorothy Dunnett

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If Ruth had stayed on leave, none of it might have happened. An astronomer working at the Maurice Frazer Observatory, Ruth Russell is enjoying her time in Rome.

That is until Charles Digham, top fashion photographer and Ruth’s lover, has his camera stolen and the thief ends up a headless corpse in the zoo park toletta. The enigmatic Johnson Johnson, in Rome to paint a portrait of the Pope, is on hand to unravel the mystery.

But as Johnson and Ruth begin the search for clues it soon becomes clear that more is at stake than the secrets of a couture house … something far more deadly.

***PRAISE FOR THE DOLLY SERIES***

‘The Dolly novels are… delicious, funny, ingenious, glamorous, clever.’ Listener

‘Dunnett tempts her fans with buried clues and red herrings that keep them reading and rereading the books.’ New York Times

‘[Dunnett’s] women are among her strongest characters.’ Guardian

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Moroccan Traffic

  • Publication date: 28/09/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424219
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424226
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Moroccan Traffic

Dorothy Dunnett

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Upwardly mobile and smart Wendy Helmann, Executive Secretary, is in Marrakesh with her mother while her boss, Chairman of Kingsley Conglomerates, conducts very delicate if slightly dubious takeover negotiations.

Morocco is a romantic place, but Wendy finds herself side-tracked from its attractions by the antics of Rita Geddes and a few peripheral problems such as kidnapping, explosions, industrial espionage, murder and car chases across the High Atlas mountains . . . Enter Johnson Johnson and his yacht, Dolly.

***PRAISE FOR THE DOLLY SERIES***

‘The Dolly novels are… delicious, funny, ingenious, glamorous, clever.’ Listener

‘Dunnett tempts her fans with buried clues and red herrings that keep them reading and rereading the books.’ New York Times

‘[Dunnett’s] women are among her strongest characters.’ Guardian

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The Great American Boogaloo

  • Publication date: 31/03/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788423861
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788423878

The Great American Boogaloo

Ripped-from-reality satire that will leave you wondering if it’s really fiction

Paul Flower

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From his woodland bunker in Michigan, Bo ‘Big Bruddah’ Watts has assembled a scratch army of gun-toting militiamen, and he’s ready to use it. Rumours are circulating that the liberal, female President of the USA is going to fight climate change by banning beef, snatching the great American hamburger from the mouths of patriots. Big Bruddah missed the last militia uprising. That one, sparked by a conspiracy theory about a deadly virus and stolen cheese recipes, ended in failure when his now ex-wife, Miky Spike, stopped the potentially bloody conflict at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Wisconsin.

He is determined to stop the president, with the help of eccentric octogenarian Wilbur Tuttle, who runs Silver Eagle Security, the private military enterprise owned by the hapless former governor of Michigan, Bill Hoeksma.

The plan is to launch a coup in Tampa, Florida by kidnapping the President’s daughter and then installing Hoeksma as a puppet President. With the support of Silver Eagle’s best men, Big Bruddah and Tuttle hope to ignite the long-awaited insurrection militia members call the “boogaloo.” What could possibly go wrong?

What readers are saying about The Great American Cheese War:

“A rollicking riot of insanity and I mean that in the most wonderful sense! I laughed my way through this story.”

“Highly recommended!! This book was a lot of fun, I laughed out loud, and it’s a clever satire book. It’s well written, engrossing and entertaining.”

“Enjoy your summer, read this book!”

“Satire at its finest. The whole book had me rolling on floor laughing!”