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Death in Devon by Ian Sansom
Swanton Morley, the People's Professor, sets off for Devon to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley's daughter Miriam and his assistant Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton pack up the Lagonda for a trip to the fine market towns, quaint seaports and lively villages.
Sidmouth? Budleigh Salterton? Dawlish? Teignmouth?
Morley has been invited to give the Founder's Day speech at All Souls School in Rousdon. But when the trio arrive they discover that a boy has died in mysterious circumstances. Was it an accident or was it - murder? Join Morley, Sefton and Miram on another adventure into the dark heart of 1930s England.
Death in Devon is a finely crafted cosy crime treat from the author of The Mobile Library series.
The British Library's Crime Classics.
Each a classic of its time, these books thrilled pre-war readers and are now back in print in these handsome editions. Full of wonderful period detail, the collection includes:
The Cornish Coast Murder The Reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside - but the peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, a secretive and ill-tempered magistrate, is found with a bullet through his head!
A Scream in Soho When a piercing scream rends the air and a bloodied knife is found, Detective Inspector MacCarthy is soon on the scene. He must move through the dark, seedy Soho underworld to uncover this mystery.
Mystery in White Heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt. The passengers trapped together for Christmas, seek to unravel the secrets of an empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.
Murder Underground When Miss Pongleton is found murdered on the stairs of Belsize Park station, her fellow-boarders in the Frampton Hotel are not overwhelmed with grief at the death of a tiresome old woman. But they all have their theories about the identity of the murderer, and help to unravel the mystery of who killed the wealthy 'Pongle'.
Each purchase supports the British Library, so for the very best in classic crime fiction why not return to the original masters of the mystery genre?
Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop
Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic rather than romanticised picture of fifteen women who spent time there is utterly compelling. These Bletchley Park veterans are from various backgrounds, they have widely different memories and experiences, however there is a vein of steadfastness and true spirit that weaves through and marks these women apart. The author introduces backgrounds, routes to, life at and perhaps with most impact, life after Bletchley Park. It does take a little time to get to know and differentiate between the fifteen women, as memories are mixed together on a time line rather than each individual story being highlighted. Even though this is a rational, practical trip down memory lane, from the tip of the Official Secrets Act, to the toe of the continuous repetition of most of their roles, you can not help but be thrilled by this glimpse into a truly fascinating world.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2014.
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2014.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014.
Owning and training a hawk has been a life-long dream for Helen Macdonald, she accomplishes her dream as she tries to deal with the anguish of her father’s death. She buys a Goshawk, Mabel and the monumental task of training of this wild bird begins. There are some heart in the mouth moments, sadness too not only in her own grief but the tortured soul of T H White, the author who inspired her with Goshawk, his own record of trying to train a Goshawk. A compelling story that follows Helen Macdonald from dark to light in her quest to let go and become as one with the hawk.