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The Code of the Vavasors

  • Publication date: 06/04/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424356
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424363
A Mathematical Mystery 6

The Code of the Vavasors

Jonathan Pinnock

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Tom Winscombe and his ex-girlfriend Dorothy Chan are on a mission to crack a code – a code embedded in a chip inside two alpacas that used to belong to the famed dead mathematical geniuses, the Vavasor twins.

Their search leads them to a secretive mathematical retreat at a country house. While there, various members of the party succumb to a succession of bizarre fatal accidents. Will Tom and Dorothy succeed in their mission – and get out alive?

Join Tom and a cast of disreputable and downright dangerous characters in this witty thriller set in a murky world of murder, mystery and complex equations.

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Death at the Chateau

  • Publication date: 01/06/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424417
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424066

Death at the Chateau

The hilarious new murder mystery from The Times bestselling author

Ian Moore

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Richard Ainsworth’s French B&B has been taken over by a production company shooting a historical film at the Château de Valençay. But everything grinds to a halt with the sudden passing of an actor under suspicious circumstances.

To get to the bottom of things, Valérie Dorçay and Richard offer catering services to the hastily resumed production. There they discover that the vanity, duplicity and murder of an 18th century French court is nothing compared to that of a 21st century film set, with more heads yet to roll.

Miss Harris in the New World

  • Publication date: 30/03/2023
  • 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 Fromage

  • Publication date: 07/07/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424271
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788423830
  • Audiobook ISBN: 9781788424370
A Follet Valley Mystery 2

Death and Fromage

The hilarious new murder mystery from The Times bestselling author

Ian Moore

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Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the Val 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 is 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.

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Last Chance in Vegas

  • Publication date: 27/10/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424295
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424301
A Mathematical Mystery 5

Last Chance in Vegas

Jonathan Pinnock

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On the trail of a couple of missing alpacas, disaster-prone Tom Winscombe has somehow ended up at an online gambling convention in Las Vegas.

With the assistance of his mysterious new companion Ada, his quest takes on a dangerous turn as he finds that this time he has some hungry wildlife to contend with, as well as a cast of disreputable and downright dangerous human characters.

As the stakes get higher and his chances of survival drop lower, Tom finds the only solution may be to forge an unexpected alliance with someone from his past. Will he end up with a winning hand, or will everything fall apart like a house of cards?

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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 Cat and the Pendulum

  • Publication date: 18/05/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788423540
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788423557
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The Cat and the Pendulum

Mandy Morton

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When the celebrated crime writer Agatha Crispy engages Hettie and Tilly in the search for a stolen manuscript, our feline detective duo is plunged into a world of Dickensian thieves and murderers.

Does the ghost of Jake the Nipper prowl the London Streets of Kitzrovia? Will Madame Two Paws’s exhibition wax or wane? And will the secrets in the crypt of the church of St Mavis and Cucumber finally be revealed?

Join Hettie and Tilly as they attempt to unravel yet another darkly humorous case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency.

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The Windmill Murders

  • Publication date: 04/05/2023
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781788424332
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424349
The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency 11

The Windmill Murders

Mandy Morton

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Hettie and Tilly are summoned to a mysterious tea party hosted by Tillys long-lost great-aunts. The ancient windmill they live in is not what it seems, and very soon the mill begins to reveal its terrifying secrets of murder and betrayal. Tilly must face her familys demons as Hettie fights to unravel the tragedies of the past.

Who are the hippy cats camped in the field? Why do the walls of the windmill whisper at night? And who haunts the derelict priory? Will Hettie and Tilly have the wind blown out of their sails before this baffling case is brought to a grinding conclusion?

Join these fearless cats as they investigate another pastry-laden mystery for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency.

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Death and Papa Noel

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  • Publication date: 09/12/2021
  • Hardback ISBN: 9781788424257
  • eBook ISBN: 9781788424240
  • Audiobook ISBN: 9781788424424
A Follet Valley Mystery 999

Death and Papa Noel

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

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

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

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