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Murder Most British

Britain has a tradition of excellence when it comes to the fictional world of detectives and sleuths--and our selection pays homage to some of the best.

 
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Dead Souls : An Inspector Rebus Novel (Rankin, Ian. Inspector Rebus Series,)
by Ian Rankin

Minotaur Books
Hardcover - 320 pages
(October 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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When an author as successful as Rankin has been with his tough and idiomatic Scottish thrillers, a problem sets in after several books: how to keep the formula fresh.

Rankin has delivered a powerful series of books featuring his beleaguered Detective Inspector John Rebus, and while never less than... Read more

 


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Second Wind
by Dick Francis

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 293 pages
(October 1999)
(October 4, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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Dick Francis's legion of admirers can relax: his year off from writing since the 1998 publication of Field of Thirteen is over, and a new vigor has entered his style. Longtime readers will be happy to find the customary racetrack skullduggery, galvanized by some fascinating new elements.

The very... Read more

 


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Harm Done : An Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell

Crown Pub
Hardcover - 346 pages
(November 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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In Harm Done, Rendell has added a remarkable strand of acute social commentary to a book that still functions as an utterly compelling piece of detective fiction. In exploring the controversial subject of pedophilia, she takes the mainstay of her work--the problems of modern life--to a level of... Read more

 


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The Unexpected Guest
by Charles Osborne, Agatha Christie

Minotaur Books
Hardcover - 210 pages
(October 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , September 1, 1999
Like a martini--crisp, dry, sophisticated, habit-forming, ever-so-slightly dated--Christite's smoothly polished mysteries go down easy. This one was written as a stage play, first performed in 1958, and is here adapted into novel form by Osborne, who last year published a novelization of Christie's ... Read more

 


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Arms and the Women : An Elliad
by Reginald Hill

Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 384 pages
(October 1999)
(September 14, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Although Yorkshire's Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Inspector Peter Pascoe are strong supporting characters in Hill's 18th entry in this enduring series, the real stars are an evocative array of women.

Deeply shaken by her 9-year-old daughter's close encounter with death in On Beulah Height,... Read more

 


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Garnethill : A Novel of Crime
by Denise Mina

Carroll & Graf
Hardcover - 349 pages
(April 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Garnethill (the name of a bleak Glasgow suburb) won the John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel--the British equivalent of the Edgar. It's a book that crackles with mordant Scottish wit and throbs with the pain of badly treated mental illness, managing to be both truly frightening and... Read more

 


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In a Dry Season
by Peter Robinson

Twilight
Hardcover - 432 pages
(April 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Detective chief inspector Alan Banks is a walking midlife crisis, full of rage because of his recently failed marriage, a career crippled by a jealous superior, and problems with his son. In less skilled hands, Banks could have quickly become a royal pain, but Robinson makes him instead a very... Read more

 


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The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
by Robert Barnard

Scribner
Hardcover - 256 pages
(April 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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With the character of Declan O'Hearn, the amazingly prolific Robert Barnard pulls off the hat trick that every novelist attempts but only a fortunate few actually achieve: he creates a person we quickly come to care for, someone so unique and recognizable that we would know him if he walked into the... Read more

 


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An Instance of the Fingerpost
by Iain Pears

Penguin USA (Paper)
Mass Market Paperback - 735 pages
(March 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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An Instance of the Fingerpost is that rarest of all possible literary beasts--a mystery powered as much by ideas as by suspects, autopsies, and smoking guns. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco's The Name of the... Read more

 


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Thrones, Dominations
by Dorothy L. Sayers, et al

St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 240 pages
(February 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Asked by her new husband, the gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey, why she is having trouble writing her latest mystery novel, Harriet Vane explains, "When I needed the money, it justified itself. It was a job of work, and I did it as well as I could, and that was that. But now, you see, it... Read more

 


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The Breaker
by Minette Walters

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 351 pages
(June 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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The nude body of a 31-year-old woman washes up in a secluded cove on the Dorset coast; at the same time, her 3-year-old daughter is found wandering alone in the streets of a nearby town. The woman, Kate Sumner, was raped and choked before being thrown into the water, and traces of Rohypnol, the... Read more

 


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A Certain Justice
by P. D. James

Ballantine Books (Mm)
Mass Market Paperback - 431 pages
1st domest edition (January 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Although A Certain Justice begins with news of a murder, the victim isn't set to die for another four weeks. Publicly respected but privately loathed, Venetia Aldridge has far more enemies than a brilliant London criminal lawyer should--and at least one of them is determined to do her in. Venetia... Read more

 



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