Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a fantastic book about love, friendship and prejudice at any time in life, within any social status, anywhere in the world.  The character of Major Ernest Pettigrew is pretty much the stereotypical older English gentleman.  He’s classy, he’s respectful, he’s neat and tidy, he’s quiet and he’s not one to ever make a scene.  Enter Mrs. Jasmina Ali and her Pakistani background and ways and the Major finds his proper, sedate life turned upside down.  Right from the start, there is some chemistry between Mrs. Ali and the Major but because of both cultural and class prejudices (from the townspeople, from the Major’s son Roger and even from the Major himself), Mrs. Ali leaves the town, and the Major, behind.  What the Major does next leads to one of the best “adult” endings in fiction ever.  Very little in this book is trite or clichéd.  An excellent, mature read for all…not only for those in the twilight of their lives. 

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Once again, Isabel Wolff and her chick lit do not disappoint.  Yes, it’s light.  Yes, it’s predictable.  But, it’s fun.  And Wolff is a strong author who can create strong characters and semi-believable tales.  This one finds the main character Ella Graham as a popular portrait painter in London’s inner circles.  Her newly-engaged sister commissions a portrait of her fiancé and Ella encounters problems when she finds herself attractive to the fiancé.  Other fascinating storylines stem from the different clients Ella is assigned to paint, but the main focus is Ella’s woes with her sister’s fiancé.  Wolff combines just the right combination of wispy prose with heartfelt stories and quality writing for this to be a perfect weekend read! 

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Akin to Deanna Raybourn and her Lady Julia Grey series and Anne Perry’s William Monk series, Charles Finch puts together a smart, fresh historical mystery series with a debonair gentleman detective Charles Lenox.  In this book, the fourth in the series, Lenox begins working as a Member of Parliament in 1860s London, but called upon to do some investigating when the servant of a fellow MP turns up murdered.  Sadly, his new wife, Lady Jane Grey, is not too pleased his sleuthing…she would rather he be home with her, so that leads to some tension.  Mostly, Lenox is an easy-going and dapper fellow who appeals to all.  I think most mystery readers, especially those who like historical or British mysteries (or both) will like Finch! 

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their winners on February 13th!  



THE KING’S SPEECH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

BLACK SWAN Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
INCEPTION Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
TRUE GRIT Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
ANOTHER YEAR Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
MADE IN DAGENHAM Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris (Director/Writer)

THE ARBOR Clio Barnard (Director), Tracy O’Riordan (Producer)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Banksy (Director), Jaimie D’Cruz (Producer)
MONSTERS Gareth Edwards (Director/Writer)
SKELETONS Nick Whitfield (Director/Writer)

127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan

BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev

BIUTIFUL Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois, Pascal Caucheteux, Etienne Comar
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella
TOY STORY 3 Lee Unkrich

DESPICABLE ME Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech

JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network

ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech

ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right

AMY ADAMS The Fighter
THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat

127 HOURS AR Rahman
TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins

127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

127 HOURS Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
THE KING’S SPEECH Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BLACK SWAN Amy Westcott
MADE IN DAGENHAM Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT Mary Zophres
INCEPTION Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

127 HOURS Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
THE KING’S SPEECH John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen
TRUE GRIT Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell
INCEPTION Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Sean Phillips, Carey Villegas
BLACK SWAN Dan Schrecker, Henrik Fett, Michael Capton, William ‘Brad’ Kalinoski
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Aithadi, Christian Manz
TOY STORY 3 Guido Quaroni, Michael Fong, David Ryu
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

BLACK SWAN Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin, Nick Dudman
THE KING’S SPEECH Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

THURSDAY Matthias Hoegg
UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

CONNECT Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
LIN Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
RITE Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie, Paul Welsh
TURNING Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown




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Here are the titles of the British mysteries mentioned in Cecilia’s British Mysteries talk given at the library on Tuesday, January 11 @ 7pm.

                  The Lake District 

Beyond the Bone Beyond the Bone
By Hill, Reginald
2000-04 – Severn House Publishers
0727855107 Check Our Catalog

The Stranger House

The Stranger House
By Hill, Reginald
2005-10 – HarperCollins Publishers
0060820810 Check Our Catalog
The “sorcerer of style” (“New York Times Book Review”) delivers a stunning stand-alone novel full of suspense, romance, history, sex, and miracles–an exploration of the sometimes twisted side of the human psyche. …More

Dead Man Riding: A Nell Bray Mystery

Dead Man Riding: A Nell Bray Mystery
By Linscott, Gillian
2003-01 – Minotaur Books
0312308248 Check Our Catalog
After three years of traipsing across Europe with her lovesick, widowed mother, Nell Bray has finally found her way to Oxford University. There she has befriended the beautiful Imogen and the charming Midge.When the three girls decide to accept an invitation by their male classmates to join a reading party in the country during vacation – accompanied by a dashing philosophy don with a reputation for stirring up trouble – they go against what is quickly becoming the obsolete conventions of the nineteenth-century. Once they arrive in the country, they are greeted by the unpleasant fact that their host has been accused of murder when a local boy is missing. Rather than return home, however, the six students and their mentor decide to put down their books and put their intellectual prowess to the test by solving the mystery.This combination of mystery and learning – with some college crushes and loves along the way – makes “Dead Man Riding Gillian Linscott’s best mystery to date. …More

The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo
By McDermid, Val
2007-02 – Minotaur Books
0312339216 Check Our Catalog
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In a novel reminiscent of The Dante Club and The Historian, suspense master McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the 18th century and the mutiny on the HMS Bounty.

The Coffin Trail

The Coffin Trail
By Edwards, Martin
2004-10 – Poisoned Pen Press
1590581296 Check Our Catalog
On impulse, Oxford historian Daniel Kind and his partner Miranda buy a cottage in Brackdale, an idyllic valley in the Lake District. Tarn Cottage was once home to Barrie Gilpin, suspected of a savage murder. A young woman’s body was found on the Sacrifice Stone, an ancient pagan site up on the fell, but Barrie died before he could be arrested. When the police launch a cold case review, the lives of Daniel and DCI Hannah Scarlett become strangely entwined, as they search for a ruthless murderer who is prepared to kill again to hide a shocking secret. …More

Oxford and Oxfordshire 

An Instance of the Fingerpost

An Instance of the Fingerpost
By Pears, Iain M.
1998-03 – Riverhead Books
1573220825 Check Our Catalog
We are in England in the 1660s, Charles II has been restored to the throne following years of civil war and Oliver Cromwell’s short-lived republic. Oxford is the intellectual seat of the country, a place of great scientific, religious, and political ferment. A fellow of New College is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A young woman is accused of his murder. We hear the story of the death from four witnesses: an Italian physician intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; the son of an alleged Royalist traitor; a master cryptographer who has worked for both Cromwell and the king; and a renowned Oxford antiquarian. Each tells his own version of what happened. Only one reveals the extraordinary truth. …More


By Parris, S. J.
2010-02 – Doubleday Books
0385531281 Check Our Catalog
Like “The Dante Club,” this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable thriller is written with unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair. Follow the monk, poet, and scientist Giordano Bruno on his quest to uncover a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I. …More

Last Bus to Woodstock

Last Bus to Woodstock
By Dexter, Colin
1996-06 – Ivy Books
0804114900 Check Our Catalog
“[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot.”
–The New York Times Book Review
HIM. . . . Viewers who have enjoyed British actor John Thaw as Morse in the PBS Mystery! anthology series should welcome the deeper character development in Dexter’s novels.”
–Chicago Sun-Times
Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before Sylvia’s bludgeoned body is found outside a pub in Woodstock, near Oxford. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he’s certain was Sylvia’s companion on that ill-fated September evening. Shrewd as Morse is, he’s also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia’s girlfriends and their Oxford playmates. To grasp the painful truth, and act upon it, requires from Morse the last atom of his professional discipline.
“Few novelists write books as intelligent and deliciously frightening as those by Colin Dexter. . . . What Mr. Dexter does so well, so brilliantly, is weave a thick, cerebral story chock-full of literary references and clever red herrings.”
–The Washington Times
–Publishers Weekly

Brighton and West and East Sussex

Play to the End

Play to the End
By Goddard, Robert
2006-04 – Delta
0385339186 Check Our Catalog
An instant top-ten bestseller in the U.K., “Play to the End” thrusts readers into a dangerous tangle of family rivalries and murderous deceit, as a struggling actor finds himself on a collision course with long-held secrets. …More

The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery
By Brett, Simon
2000-08 – Berkley Prime Crime
0425175006 Check Our Catalog
When recent retiree Carole Seddon discovers a dead body on the beach of Fethering, an English seaside village, her sensible life becomes suddenly quite complicated. And with the help of her Bohemian neighbor, Jude, Carole finds a new purpose in life as a detective. …More

Dead Simple

Dead Simple
By James, Peter
2006-01 – Carroll & Graf Publishers
078671641X Check Our Catalog
Launching a terrifying new series, James introduces recently widowed Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who’s called in when a man is reported missing from a bachelor party. Grace soon discovers that one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune. …More

From Doon with Death

From Doon with Death
By Rendell, Ruth
1988-02 – Fawcett Books
0345348176 Check Our Catalog
When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. But then the missing woman’s body is found, strangled and abandoned in a nearby wood. And when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home, a startling discovery leads everyone to question just who Margaret Parsons really was . . . …More
The Cotswolds


By Mountain, Fiona
2006-02 – Minotaur Books
0312323255 Check Our Catalog
Praise for “Pale as the Dead” “An original story delightfully told. Natasha Blake’s genealogical detective work…is well worth the journey.”- Anne Perry, author of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” “An evocative Cotswold setting, a compelling contemporary story, and a very human and appealing heroine with a fascinating profession.”- Deborah Crombie, author of “Dreaming of the Bones” “Natasha is a mystery…readers will be eager to meet her again.”- “Booklist” “Exhilirating opening debut of a fascinating ‘detective’…this is a unique tale starring a delightful individual who makes a fine sleuth whether it is the past or present.”- “Midwest Book Review” “Unique twist to the conventional mystery…nonstop suspense will leave readers eager for future installments in this enthralling new series.”- “Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine””” “Intriguing…The plot is fantastic and gripping. It is well worth the journey back in time.”- “Rendezvous Review” …More

High Marks for Murder: A Bellehaven House Mystery

High Marks for Murder: A Bellehaven House Mystery
By Kent, Rebecca
2008-06 – Berkley Trade Pub
0425222047 Check Our Catalog
Teacher Kathleen Duncan is found dead in the school garden. A bloody branch leads Miss Meredith Llewellyn to assume it had been an accident, until she learns that the limb didn’t break off–it had been neatly sawn. Now she searches for a killer, in this first title of a new series set in Edwardian England. Original. …More

An Academic Death An Academic Death
By Gregson, J. M.
2001-12 – Severn House Publishers
0727857487 Check Our Catalog
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
By Beaton, M. C.
1993-11 – Fawcett Books
0804111634 Check Our Catalog
The creator of the popular Hamish Macbeth mysteries now introduces a new sleuth in a small English town. Who had the crust to poison the judge at the village baking contest? Irascible retiree Agatha Raisin wants to know who put together all the ingredients for a perfect crime. Martin’s. …More

York and Yorkshire

The Widows Club

The Widows Club
By Cannell, Dorothy
1989-09 – Bantam Books
0553277944 Check Our Catalog
Stylish, amusing, and deliciously wicked, the Misses Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell are hired to investigate a woman’s organization whose members choose widowhood over divorce. With the help of a newlywed friend, the spinster sleuths stalk the mastermind of matrimonial murder. …More

The Torment of Others

The Torment of Others
By McDermid, Val
2005-05 – Minotaur Books
0312339194 Check Our Catalog
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After a vicious assault, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan has returned to Bradfield to resume her career. When she is assigned a case involving the grotesque murder of a prostitute, she turns to Dr. Tony Hill for help.

A Pinch of Snuff

A Pinch of Snuff
By Hill, Reginald
1990-07 – Dell Publishing Company
0440169127 Check Our Catalog
Love, or at least pornography, are for sale at the arty Calliope Kinema Club on posh, proper Wilkinson Square. According to Yorkshire police superintendent Dalziel, it’s all legal. Detective Peter Pascoe, however, doesn’t believe it. His dentist, who knows real broken teeth and blood when he sees them, insists that the pretty actress wasn’t playing a part when it happened. But the action that puts Pascoe into the picture is homicide. The sudden death of the Calliope’s proprietor soon turns a sleazy sex flick into serious police business. And now Dalziel and Pascoe are looking into the all-too-human desire for pain, pleasure…and murder. …More

Hangman Blind Hangman Blind
By Clark, Cassandra
2009-02 – Minotaur Books
0312537301 Check Our Catalog
The stellar debut novel in a new mystery series features a brilliant and brave medieval abbess, in this work set in 1382 Yorkshire, England. …More

Fear of Drowning

Fear of Drowning
By Turnbull, Peter
2000-08 – Minotaur Books
0312261586 Check Our Catalog
A husband and wife disappear from their condominium in an affluent suburb of York and a farmer uncovers their bodies several days later. In this kickoff to an authentic new series, Inspector Hennesey and his sidekick, Lieutenent Yellich, must weed through several suspects in order to find the guilty party. …More

The Dead Hand of History

The Dead Hand of History
By Spencer, Sally
2009-11 – Severn House Publishers
0727868055 Check Our Catalog
It will be no easy task to fill DCI Charlie Woodend’s shoes, the newly-promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself, but, given a little time, she thinks she can grow into them. Yet, with the discovery of a severed hand, time is the one thing she does not have. …More

The Mushroom ManBad Boy: An Inspector Banks Novel The Mushroom Man
By Pawson, Stuart
2010-08 – Allison & Busby
0749083859 Check Our Catalog
The second book in the newly re-issued DI Charlie Priest mysteries. Someone is killing priests and leaving a picture of a deadly fungus by their bodies …More 

Bad Boy: An Inspector Banks Novel
2010-09 – William Morrow & Company
0061362956 Check Our Catalog The acclaimed international bestselling author delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yet–one in which he must save his daughter’s life. …More

                Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire

Murder in Stratford

Murder in Stratford
By Peterson, Audrey
2005-03 – Five Star (ME)
1594142734 Check Our Catalog


Beyond Recall

Beyond Recall
By Goddard, Robert
1998-06 – Henry Holt & Company
0805051104 Check Our Catalog
At a wedding party in Cornwall, Chris Napier, the bride’s uncle, is shocked to recognize a drunken, disheveled, and evidently distraught intruder. Chris hasn’t seen his childhood friend Nicky Lanyon for more than thirty years, not since Nicky’s father was hanged for the murder of Joshua Carnoweth – Chris’s great-uncle and the man behind the Napier family’s inherited affluence. Nicky’s plea for his father’s innocence is underscored by the method by which he chooses to commit suicide at the conclusion of the day’s celebrations. Chris is now compelled to test the truth of his friend’s conviction and soon realizes that his own understanding of the events surrounding the murder amounts to none at all. The conduct of more than one member of his own family begins to dog his hesitant footsteps into a past slowly darkening with the shadows of corruption, greed, lies, child abuse, and good old-fashioned revenge. …More

Name to a Face

Name to a Face
By Goddard, Robert
2009-06 – Delta
0385342179 Check Our Catalog
When Tim Harding is sent by his employer to buy an antique ring at auction, little does he realize that he is about to restart a chain of events which had begun many years before. …More

The Marigold Mafia The Marigold Mafia
By Bastion, Elisabeth
2009-04 – Five Star (ME)
1594147566 Check Our Catalog

Vow of Silence

Vow of Silence
By Black, Veronica
1991-11 – Fawcett Books
0804108145 Check Our Catalog
Sister Joan is transferred to Cornwall Convent to quietly investigate the death of Sister Sophia and the disappearance of Sister Magdalen. Finding many departures from normal convent routine, Sister Joan begins to suspect what she hardly dares to name–and soon, it’s too late to even send for help. ‘A fine debut for this series’.–Kirkus. Martin’s. …More

Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer
By Cook, Judith
2003-06 – Severn House Publishers
0727859552 Check Our Catalog
The first in a brand-new series featuring an ex-cop turned environmental crusader. Retired policeman John Latymer is happily settled with his new wife Tess, and occupies himself with a part time job as a tour guide leading groups around England. When he witnesses a violent brawl in a small Cornish harbour-town, and when a body is discovered off the coast nearby, he cannot help but become embroiled in the ensuing investigations – much to the annoyance of his wife. Exposing the dark side of the fishing industry and the underworld of drugs, as well as tackling sensitive environmental issues, Dead Ringer will keep the reader glued to the pages through the various twists and turns of this exciting novel. …More

New-Slain Knight

New-Slain Knight
By Grabien, Deborah
2007-11 – Minotaur Books
0312374003 Check Our Catalog
It’s summer in England, and—with nothing urgent demanding their attention—Ringan and Penny are planning a quiet vacation alone together. Their plans change when Ringan’s niece, fourteen-year-old violin prodigy Becca, is dumped in their care while her parents deal with an emergency abroad.
Ringan has no idea what to do with a teenage relative. Penny points out that Becca is more a musician than a child, and suggests a musical holiday in Cornwall. Playing in front of a live audience with Ringan and a band will give the girl much-needed experience and confidence. It will let Ringan get to know his niece better, as well.
It’s a good plan, and everyone approves. And yet something about the St. Ives home of their host, Gowan, leaves Penny uneasy. She hears voices in her mind, speaking in Cornish, and has a horrifying vision through the eyes of a dying man. When, soon after, she finds Becca sleepwalking, Penny learns from Gowan that, many years earlier, his emotionally unstable lover hanged herself in this house. It may simply be the echoes of that tragedy disturbing both her and Becca. But after Becca has a seizure during a live performance of a seemingly harmless song, Penny and Ringan realize that a much older tragedy hangs over Gowan and his family. And if they can’t find the truth and lay to rest whatever ghosts still walk, they may lose Becca.
“New-Slain Knight,” the fifth in the Haunted Ballad mystery series, touches on the ties that bind: family, the past and the present, and the mystery that lies behind every story.

Ash & Bone

Ash & Bone
By Harvey, John
2006-12 – Harvest Books
0156032848 Check Our Catalog
Detective Sergeant Maddy Birch will never see thirty again. Nor forty. And, after a lifetime on the force, all she has to show for it are a couple of hundred pounds in the bank and a mortgaged flat.
In Cornwall, retired Detective Inspector Elder’s solitary life is disturbed by a phone call from his estranged wife. Seventeen-year-old Katherine is running wild. Elder’s fears for his daughter are underscored by remorse and guilt, for it was his involvement that led directly to the abduction and rape that has so unbalanced Katherine’s life.
There’s a connection between Maddy and Elder: a brief, clumsy encounter sixteen years earlier. Just a quick grope and a cuddle, leading to nothing, but leaving a trace of lingering regret.
When the takedown of a violent criminal goes badly wrong leaving both the target and a young constable dead, something doesn’t feel right to Maddy. In Ash and Bone, the unsettled, unhappy Elder is once again persuaded out of retirement. A cold, cold case has a devastating present day impact with sinister implications for the crime squad itself. Elder’s investigation takes place against the backdrop of his increasing concern for his daughter together with demons of his own he must battle before he can uncover the truth.

Sea of Lost Love

Sea of Lost Love
By Montefiore, Santa
2008-05 – Touchstone Books
1416543732 Check Our Catalog
The author of “The Last Voyage of the Valentina” returns with the gripping story of a young woman who must face the shocking truths of her family’s past, in order to save their ancestral home. …More

Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey

Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
By Upson, Nicola
2010-07 – Harper Paperbacks
0061451576 Check Our Catalog
Exhausted and disillusioned with the world of theater in May 1935, Josephine Tey has traveled to Cornwall to spend the summer with her friends the Motleys at their run-down but beautiful country estate. Ready to begin work on her second mystery novel, Tey finds much to inspire her in the landscape and its legends. Meanwhile, the Motleys have become involved in an amateur production at the nearby Minack Theater.
Detective Inspector Archie Penrose has returned to his roots in Cornwall to attend the funeral of a family friend, a young estate worker who died in a tragic riding accident. Penrose has a few questions about the circumstances surrounding the fatal occurrence. And when the Minack Theater proves to be the stage for a real-life tragedy, Penrose and Tey together must investigate an audacious murder and confront an evil suggesting that there are darker things than death. …More

Manna from Hades

Manna from Hades
By Dunn, Carola
2009-03 – Minotaur Books
0312379455 Check Our Catalog
“Manna from Hades” is a confounding case of daring theft, double-cross, and awily older woman confronted by a case of murder most foul. …More
A Colourful Death: A Cornish Mystery

A Colourful Death: A Cornish Mystery
By Dunn, Carola
2010-06 – Minotaur Books
0312379463 Check Our Catalog
In this cozy Cornish mystery, recently retired widow Eleanor Trewynn sets out to clear her friend Nick of the murder of neighbor artist Geoffrey Clark. She soon learns that Nick is far from the only one with a compelling motive for murder. …More

Mistletoe and Murder

Mistletoe and Murder
By Dunn, Carola
2002-12 – Minotaur Books
0312287755 Check Our Catalog
Daisy Dalrymple brings her family to an old Cornish estate for Christmas. The estate has a rich history of lore, ghost stories and festering resentments–some or all of which leave the family trapped in a house with a corpse for the holidays. …More

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
By James, P. D.
2005-11 – Alfred A. Knopf
030726291X Check Our Catalog
When one of the distinguished visitors to Combe Island is bizarrely murdered, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in. Hardly has his team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and Dalgliesh faces a danger more insidious than murder. …More


Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness
By Bowen, Rhys
2007-07 – Berkley Publishing Group
0425215679 Check Our Catalog
The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless 20-something member of the extended royal family. When an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family’s estate for himself, winds up dead, Victorias most important job is to clear her family name. …More


By Cole, Martina
2009-07 – Grand Central Publishing
0446179973 Check Our Catalog
From international bestselling author Cole comes a gritty, gripping, and utterly unforgettable new tale set in the heart of London’s criminal gangland. …More

Killing Me Softly: A Novel of Obsession

Killing Me Softly: A Novel of Obsession
By Nicci French
1999-07 – Mysterious Press
0892966971 Check Our Catalog
“Damage” meets “Into Thin Air” in this spellbinding novel of a forbidden love turned into a dangerous obsession that drives a woman to impulsively abandon her old life and marry a charismatic stranger. …More

Until It's Over

Until It’s Over
By French, Nicci
2009-03 – Minotaur Books
0312375395 Check Our Catalog
A murder case pushes six roommates to their breaking point, in this chilling and erotic new thriller. …More
Full Dark House

Full Dark House
By Fowler, Christopher
2004-06 – Bantam
0553803875 Check Our Catalog
2004 British Fantasy Society Winner
Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department’s Peculiar Crimes Unit. In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case–and how along the way the unlikely pair of crime fighters changed the face of detection.
A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of eighty-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half-a-century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues to the killer’s identity, May finds his old friend’s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returned…with a killing vengeance.
It begins when a dancer in a risque new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet. Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits–and beyond. For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London’s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama. And it will take Arthur Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and John May’s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural–a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of them…and is ready to claim the other.
Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all-too-human thriller about the hunt foran inhuman killer.

Birth Marks

Birth Marks
By Dunant, Sarah
1992-09 – Doubleday Books
0385423187 Check Our Catalog
When the body of a talented young dancer, with stones in her pockets and an eight-month-old fetus in her womb, turns up, Hannah Wolfe begins an investigation of the dancer’s life that leads her through the dance world of London and Paris. …More

Die with Me

Die with Me
By Forbes, Elena
2007-10 – MacAdam/Cage Publishing
159692277X Check Our Catalog
A series of deaths — apparent suicides — of vulnerable young girls is baffling police in London: the bodies are found in the naves of churches after having fallen from a great height. Thanks to a badly-handled leak, the press are all clamoring for a serial killer called The Bridegroom, and amidst the maelstrom of conflicting theories from the media, criminal profilers, politically competitive colleagues and the general circus surrounding a major murder inquiry, the chilling deaths mount up… Elena Forbes writes the kind of creepy and atmospheric crime novel that we love, populated by a cast of fresh and engaging characters: Mark Tartaglia, the Italian-Scottish detective whose good looks get him in to all sorts of trouble, and whose single status is a constant challenge for his sociable sister and extended family; his spiky yet emotionally intelligent colleague Sam Donovan; and his old boss Trevor Clarke, who tries to give Mark good advice while lying in a hospital bed . Together they are piecing together evidence that will lead them to the worst kind of serial killer, one for whom the hunt for a victim and the crime squad’s hunting of him are both an equally seductive and irresistible game. …More

Forests of the Night: A Johnny Hawke Novel

Forests of the Night: A Johnny Hawke Novel
By Davies, David Stuart
2007-01 – Minotaur Books
0312360002 Check Our Catalog
Praise for “Forests of the Night”
“Wartime London is beautifully evoked in a plot as crafty as the black market . . . a book you can truly call a thriller.”—Peter Lovesey, author of “The Last Detective” “The engaging debut appearance of wartime private eye Johnny Hawke breathes new life into the traditional British mystery. He’s a hero with a heart.”
—Val McDermid, author of “The Torment of Others”
“A neatly crafted crime novel offering an unusual perspective on wartime London, by turns dark and poignant.”
—Andrew Taylor, author of “The American Boy”

Streets of Town

Streets of Town
By Gardner, John
2003-05 – Severn House Publishers
0727859218 Check Our Catalog
The second book in the new detective series from a master storyteller The year is 1941, and London is still at war. After her adventures in Bottled Spider, WPC Suzie Mountford is back, and working the beat in West End Central – a notoriously dangerous patch controlled by the infamous Balvak Twins. When Detective Chief Inspector Tony – Big Toe- Harvey is brought in, ostensibly to swell their ranks, Suzie predicts trouble. For Big Toe is every bit as unpleasant a character as the Balvak brothers, and he has good reason to dislike Suzie… …More

Blood on the Strand: Chaloner's Second Exploit in Restoration London

Blood on the Strand: Chaloner’s Second Exploit in Restoration London
By Gregory, Susanna
2008-06 – Sphere
0751537594 Check Our Catalog
In London in 1663, rebellion is in the air. Thomas Chaloner, spy for the King’s intelligence service, has just returned from thwarting a planned revolt in Dublin, but he soon realizes that England’s capital is no haven of peace. Ordered to investigate the shooting of a beggar during a royal procession, he soon learns that the man is not a vagrant, but someone with links to the powerful Company of Barber-Surgeons. Meanwhile, Chaloner’s master, the Earl of Clarendon, is locked in a deadly feud with the Earl of Bristol, and an innocent man is about to be hanged in Newgate. In a desperate race against time, Chaloner must find a way to protect Clarendon, track down a murderer, and save an innocent man from the executioner’s noose. …More

False Charity

False Charity
By Heley, Veronica
2008-08 – Severn House Publishers
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Newly widowed Bea Abbott must decide what to do with her deceased husband’s business. Though Bea is tempted to sell, she soon begins investigating an accounting irregularity within a catering firm. What Bea doesn’t know is that someone is out of control, and finding it all too easy to kill. …More

Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs
By Winspear, Jacqueline
2003-07 – Soho Press
1569473307 Check Our Catalog
Alex Award Winner – 2004
“Meet Maisie Dobbs, who in 1929 launches her career as a private investigator and finds herself drawn back to the Great War she thought she’d long since put behind her: an unexpected beginning for Maisie–and a rare treat for mystery fans.”–Charles Dodd, “A Fearsome Doubt.”

The Blood Detective

The Blood Detective
By Waddell, Dan
2008-06 – Minotaur Books
0312378904 Check Our Catalog
In a London cemetery, a mans body is found. During the autopsy, the police discover the body has been marked with a string of letters and numbers that appears to be the code for a particular file in the Family Records Centre. To locate the file and unearth its relevance to the murder, police engage the services of Nigel Barnes, a professional genealogist. …More

The Man in the Queue The Man in the Queue
By Tey, Josephine
1981-04 – Bentley Publishers
0837604508 Check Our Catalog
Inspector Alan Grant searches for the identity of a man killed in the line ata theater and for the identity of the killer–whom no one saw. …More

The Marx Sisters: A Kathy and Brock Mystery

The Marx Sisters: A Kathy and Brock Mystery
By Maitland, Barry
1999-06 – Arcade Publishing
1559704748 Check Our Catalog
Detective Kathy Kolla’s first case is one for the books. Meredith Winterbottom, a resident of Jerusalem Lane — a quaint section of London inhabited by Eastern European immigrants — and a great-granddaughter of Karl Marx, is found dead. Was she the victim of greedy real-estate developers, or was she killed for the politics of another age? When a second Marx sister is killed, David Brock, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, is brought in to help. As Kathy and Brock delve into the Lane’s eccentric melting pot, they find unpublished letters from Marx to Engels; a possible fourth volume of Das Kapital; an endless list of shady suspects; and a plot to end Kathy’s investigating days for good. Can they unravel the mystery before Kathy’s first case is her last?
The Marx Sisters is a classic British whodunit, one that adds an unforgettable team to the ranks of great fictional detectives. …More

Nothing Like the Night

Nothing Like the Night
By Lawrence, David
2005-06 – Minotaur Books
031232880X Check Our Catalog
Heading up a murder investigation, Detective Stella Mooney soon has a likely suspect, but then another body is discovered. …More

Black Rubber Dress: A Sam Jones Novel

Black Rubber Dress: A Sam Jones Novel
By Henderson, Lauren
1999-05 – Three Rivers Press (CA)
0609804383 Check Our Catalog
Wearing an impossible-to-ignore, black rubber dress, artist-turned-sleuth Sam Jones manages to attract both trouble and men. When she catches the eye of a successful young banker, she finds herself in a world of drugs, blackmail and murder. …More


By Billingham, Mark
2002-07 – William Morrow & Company
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Alison Willetts can’t move or communicate, but she’s aware. Her survival of a deliberately induced stroke convinces police her attacker made an error. But Detective Tom Thorne discovers that Alison is the psychopath’s masterpiece; the three women he killed before her were mistakes. Thorne must find a criminal whose agenda is terrifyingly unique. …More

The Echo

The Echo
By Walters, Minette
1997-03 – Putnam Adult
0399142517 Check Our Catalog
A new novel of psychological suspense and terror by the Edgar Award-winning author of ‘The Dark Room’. When a homeless man is discovered dead in the garage of a wealthy woman in one of the richest neighborhoods in the world, journalist Michael Deacon’s curiosity about the case leads him on a chilling journey into the past. …More

The Chameleon's Shadow

The Chameleon’s Shadow
By Walters, Minette
2008-01 – Knopf Publishing Group
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In this electrifying new novel from the bestselling author of “The Devils Feather,” British lieutenant Charles Acland returns home from Iraq, but his serious head injuries are only the outward manifestation of a profound inner change. …More

Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect
By LaPlante, Lynda
1993-01 – Dell Publishing Company
0440214947 Check Our Catalog
This critically acclaimed mystery series features Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, who struggles to combat the ‘boys’ club’ atmosphere in her profession as a homicide detective. Set in London, these upbeat stories, based on the smash hit PBS-TV ‘Mystery’ series, give mystery readers hard-hitting realism, fast-paced action, and a savvy against-the-odds heroine they’ll never forget. …More

Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion
By La Plante, Lynda
2005-12 – Touchstone Books
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Young detective Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case — and it couldn’t be a more shocking, more horrific set of killings. They began eight years earlier; now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls very similar — all of them were drug-using prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found, same modus operandi, but this time the victim is a young student, sweet and innocent, with “the face of an angel.” The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically.
Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information that links one man to the killings. A household name, a much-loved actor who is about to become an international movie star — he has plenty of charm and good looks. Denial and protestations of innocence spring easily and confidently to his lips. An arrest, in the face of intense publicity, would create media frenzy. If he was found beyond doubt to be the wrong man, his career would be finished and Anna’s hard-fought-for reputation in the police force destroyed once and for all.
With absolute authenticity and extraordinary power, Lynda La Plante takes us deeper into the criminal mind and the criminal world. And in heroine Anna Travis, she has created another memorable and utterly engaging female detective.

The Birthday Present

The Birthday Present
By Vine, Barbara
2009-03 – Shaye Areheart Books
0307451984 Check Our Catalog
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Writing under the pen name Barbara Vine, the international bestselling author Ruth Rendell–the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world (“Time”)–has created an unrelentingly riveting novel of mystery and suspense. …More

The Cater Street Hangman

The Cater Street Hangman
By Perry, Anne
1985-10 – Fawcett Books
0449208672 Check Our Catalog
“An ingenious mystery and an excellent example of manners and caste systems of the Victorian era.”
While the Ellison girls were out paying calls and drinking tea like proper Victorian ladies, a maid in their household was strangled to death. The quiet and young Inspector Pitt investigates the scene and finds no one above suspicion. As his intense questioning causes many a composed facade to crumble, Pitt finds himself couriously drawn to pretty Charlotte Ellison. Yet, a romance between a society girl and so unsuitable a suitor was impossible in the midst of a murder….

A Dangerous Mourning

A Dangerous Mourning
By Perry, Anne
1992-09 – Fawcett Books
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Inspector William Monk has his hands full when an aristocrat’s daugher is stabbed to death in her own bed. He is instructed to proceed without delay, but finds his efforts hamstrung by the lingering traces of amnesia and the craven ineptitutde of his supervisor, who would love to see him fail. With the help of Hester Latterly, formerly a nurse with Florence Nightingale, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth….
“A richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story.”


1 comment.

A light, fun mystery set in the South of England near Brighton. I am tempted to call this one a COZY mystery (meaning violence are downplayed or treated humorously with a light, refreshing take) but sometimes, that scares people off so I will not call it that. But, it really is a cozy. But, please do not be scared off. This is a fun, highly entertaining mystery that you will miss if you avoid anything “cozy.” The two main characters, Carole and Jude, are spunky middle-aged ladies who relish a good chance to sink their teeth into a good crime story. Carole and Jude are Brett’s continuing characters in his Fethering series…this book is the tenth in the series. Here, Carole and Jude set about trying to prove the innocence of a friend, the owner of a local pub where a murder is committed. The pub, before the murder, had been targeted with some other unsavory offenses (a poisoning (explains the title of the book) and an influx of biker-type clientele that was scaring away the other regular customers. So, Carole and Jude set about proving that the pub had been targeted specifically for some reason and the murder is a result of that harassment. Brett, most famously known for his famed Mrs. Pargeter mystery series, seems to enjoy writing Carole and Jude. The two amateur sleuths are enormously fun to read and Brett’s easy-going writing style makes this a top-notch mystery, filled with humor and dry wit. Do yourself a favor and ignore the “cozyness” of it and read it just for fun. You will not regret it!


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